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thursday august 17 2017
Once the sun set I lost my optimism, the friend close me (he was Linus the partisan) says to me, ‘They deport us to Germany, and this is perhaps a lucky event’.
It was almost nine at night when a German official enter the room. The light in room was faint but we see a red cross on his military uniform. He tells us being the army chaplain and his look seems to be friendly. When he was closer I see that over the red cross he has the nazi symbol of SS hence I feel instantly a bad mood. Also Cocito the partisan whispers to me, ‘We are at the end . No future for us.’
The priest gives us a big speech and he asks us for a confession. Marcus and Linus accept the confession. Finished that task then the priest repeat to us the suggestion to confess.
I and Concito shake our heads, we disagree. The priest tells us,’This is your last chance for save your soul.’
I lift up my head and I look at the SS symbol on his dress. He notices that I am seeing the double S but he seems to be indifferent.
‘Patience!, don’t matter’, I said.
Hence Cocito, the partisan, tells to me,’I fear that in the close room there is God wearing a military uniform of nazi SS. If that is so I will be in a hurry a partisan of Satan.’ And he has a loud laugh. He had stunned us with this line.
(pietro chiodi, banditi , 1975)
tuesday august 15 2017
Tuesday August 11 1992
A museum guard of the Military Museum in Peking takes a nap under the murales that shows a nuclear explosion.
The international community ask the Chinese Government to sign an agreement for stopping the atomic experiments.
sunday august 13 2017
At the beginning of XX century some belief about vampires were widespread in Europe for example in Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece. Since that time things are going better. Today the crisis of mass hysteria and panic are at a very low level. Sometimes the fear of vrykolakes, revenants or vampires can rise up again for example in the serbian village of Gornje Stopanje (Leskovac) in september 2009 ( see http://www.pressonline.rs/info/politika/79963/vampir-u-selu-kod-leskovca.html ). Perhaps you think that the disappearing of vampires should be a victory of science against the prejudice. Yes it is true, but largely it is a matter of politics. During the past in Eastern culture of Europe it was a contrast between Christianism and Islamism. The Church believes in revenants while Islam doesn’t believe in them.
The Islamic people were until the defeat of the Empire (year 1918) identified with Turkish people while the Christian people were identified with strictly speaking with the European traditional beliefs (including vampires or vrykolakes) . The Christian Orthodox as religious authority claimed always that a dead man not buried becomes a vampire. For example a corpse found with no sign of decomposition and not buried has a wide range of possibilities to become a vampire. The consequence of this fact is the revenge of the not buried man against the village.
Of course the Church was the only authority that with exorcism can fight against the vrykolakes vampire because the islamic culture has not this skill. With the fall of Turkish empire in Europe after the Great War the necessity of contraposition between Christianism and Islamism was not so important hence the belief of vampires and revenants was diminished because it was not necessary to support the European culture against the Islamic culture.
Nowadays the vampire is a weak figure, forgotten and he lost his identity. The politics buried him. Maybe… for ever?
(text paraphrased by me from tommaso braccini, archeology of vampires, 2011)
friday august 11 2017