Cut off the vampires head and you basically end the creature’s undead existence. This is based on the time`s belief that the center of the undead is the brain. This is true for zombies, but for a vampire the heart is the “vital” organ. Many corpses would be beheaded to prevent a supposed vampire from attacking. In some cases the head was buried at the feet or in a separate grave in the belief that it the creature would still rise he wouldn`t be able to use his senses therefore he would be easy to destroy.
First, a stake of wood or metal has to be driven through a vampire’s heart, as well as as pinning it to the ground. Then a ritual, or exorcism, is performed to render the vampire helpless. Finally the head must be severed and either buried separately from the body or both parts…
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