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Old 12.10.2017, 10:39
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I imagine the bodies would have thawed out much quicker than the ground when the weather warmed up.
Good point. Unfortunately I have no recollection of where they stored them. The programme was talking about living memory during the Communist era, not the 19th century.
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It's the hibernation part that fascinated me. I'd heard about it with some communities in far Eastern Europe, but had no idea that it spread as far as France until watching it on QI.
It's the part that they actually worked for a few months in a row that I find incredible!!

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Re: Switzerland love/hatred of our guests

As a child on vacation in the Montafon (Vorarlberg/Austria) I detected a white tin coffin under the stable. Stables are on stilts.

Asked my aunt and she told me that - in bygone times - they stored the dead in them during winter and buried them in the snow to keep the corpses from decaying. They were brought to the churchyard when the ground had thawed.

Normally, there were some graves dug out in the fall, but if there were more deaths than estimated, they stored them in the tin coffins.
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