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INOVERCY

(In-o-VER-see)
In Russian the word inovercy means "nonbeliever," as in someone who is not a practicing member of the Russian Orthodox faith. Already ostracized by the community, when this person dies, he may rise up as an undead creature, typically a vampiric REVENANT (see UNDEATH).
Source: Jackson, Compleat Vampyre; Oinas, Essays on Russian Folklore, 127­28; Senf, Vampire in Nineteenth-Century, 21
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