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Thread #99243   Message #1976239
Posted By: Hollowfox
22-Feb-07 - 02:44 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Buried alive - is this story true?
Subject: RE: Origins: Buried alive - is this story true?
(Jeez, I go home to scrounge up a couple of examples, and look at the size of this thread! well, anyhow...)
The tale of the wife being revived by a grave robber and walking home goes back to at least 1400 or thereabouts. In Legends of the Rhine (there are a lot of translations of this collection of tales, not all of them have the same stories collected) [Prepared by Walther Ottendorff-Simrock, translated by F G Adams, published sometime after World War II (sorry, couldn't find a copyright) by Bonn: Wilhelm Stollfuss], this was supposed to have taken place in Cologne. The mayor's wife "died" of Bubonic Plague, and was recognized by her husband's white horses as a living being, not a ghost. This was commemorated by wooden horses' heads being placed in the gable of their home. these were replaced by stone heads when the house was ebuilt after World War II.
There is also a lovely version told in the Appalachians that can be found on Connie Regan-Blake's cd Spirits Walk (, under the title Two White Horses.