Another ‘vampire’ skeleton unearthed in Bulgaria

Updated 12 June 2012
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Another ‘vampire’ skeleton unearthed in Bulgaria

SOFIA: Another centuries-old skeleton of a man who was subjected to a ritual to stop him from turning into a vampire was unearthed in central Bulgaria Tuesday, archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov said.
“The skeleton was tied to the ground with four iron clamps, while burning ambers were placed on top of his grave,” Ovcharov told AFP.
The bones of a man in his thirties have yet to be dated but are at least several centuries old, said the archaeologist.
“This man is not a vampire but was subjected to this pagan superstition-driven ritual to prevent him from becoming one after his death,” he explained.
The bones were found during excavations in a monastery courtyard in the central town of Veliko Tarnovo, where Ovcharov had already unearthed another skeleton with tied hands and subjected to similar rites a few years ago.
Vampire tales and superstitions are widespread across the Balkans and researchers have long studied practises related to preventing people from turning into vampires after their death.
But the phenomenon only attracted public attention after the discovery last week of two skeletons from the Middle Ages pierced through the chests with iron stakes to prevent them from rising as vampires to terrorize the living.
One of these skeletons, unearthed in the Black Sea town of Sozopol, will go on display at the national historical museum in Sofia this week, museum chief Bozhidar Dimitrov said.

 


Boyband BTS make K-Pop history topping US album charts

Updated 28 May 2018
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Boyband BTS make K-Pop history topping US album charts

SEOUL: Korean boyband phenomenon BTS have become the first K-Pop group to rise to the top of the US album charts, a vivid illustration of the genre’s growing global appeal.
Known for boyish good looks, floppy haircuts and meticulously choreographed dance moves, the septet has become one of South Korea’s best known and most lucrative musical exports.
On Sunday, they passed a new milestone — becoming the first K-Pop group to top the Billboard 200 music charts which ranks albums via sales, downloads and streams.
“It’s the first No. 1 for the seven-member group, and the first K-pop album to lead the tally,” Billboard wrote in its online report detailing the latest chart ranking.
While plenty of older music listeners in the West might be asking “who?,” it’s hard to underestimate the popularity of BTS and their seven stars Suga, J-Hope, Rap Monster, Jimin, V, Jungkook and Jin.
According to one data analysis, they were they most talked about phenomenon on Twitter in 2017, with nearly double the number of mentions on the social media platform than US President Donald Trump and Canadian badboy heartthrob Justin Bieber combined.
Throw in their similarly massive appeal across the globe — they have huge social media followings in Japan, China, Southeast Asia and parts of Latin America — and you have a truly global supergroup.
Their new album “Love Yourself: Tear” toppled “Beerpong and Bentleys” by rising hip-hop star Post Malone, whose facial tattoos are the very antithesis of BTS’ wholesome, meticulously manicured image.
While BTS sing in Korean, their style successfully fuses the catchy earworms of K-Pop with hip-hop and R’n’B.
Last year, their previous release “Love Yourself: Her” became the first K-Pop album to make it into the top 10 US album charts, rising to number seven, and hit the number one spot on iTunes in more than 70 countries.