The Ritual of Killing of The Living Dead – performed according to the old burying rituals in Transylvania, is meant to introduce the visitor to the genuine Transylvanian folklore and reveal how Romania had no knowledge of vampires until Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel.
The event will familiarize the guests with the Romanian terminology associated with the living dead – the strigoi and moroi.
Presuming that a person has passed away and strange things begins to emerge in the village (some of the cows from the village suddenly do not make milk anymore or crops from the field are decimated by disease, or the doors from the house or from the furniture begin to open or close by their own will) than people from the rural area believe that that person has become a strigoi. Instead his/her soul going to heaven or hell it stays around and creates strange events.
At that moment is time for The Ritual of Killing of The Living Dead in order to help his/her soul to go to heaven.
A great deal of the elements used to assure the passing of a supposed strigoi or moroi is still in use even today: candles, incense, garlic, holy water, basil.
The body of the supposed strigoi is laid to rest in a coffin and is surrounded by family and friends.
A priest conducts the ceremony meant to set free the captive soul.
Gathered around the coffin the family was part of the ritual holding candles to guide the soul into the night, surrounding the coffin 3 times symbolizing the holy trinity, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
At the end of the ritual a wooden steak was put through the heart of the deceased.