Ask A Vampyre: The What, Why and How
Since the Vampyre Community came out of the shadows around the world in the late 1980’s, it has encountered hostility and resistance. It has been demonized and attacked by hostile outsiders in the Shinai world, and waves of propaganda have been thrown against it by those who either do not understand, or do not want to understand – or who DO understand, but act against us out of hatred or religious fundamentalist ignorance and zealotry. All this results in very muddy water and for people looking at the murk while trying to understand what is in the pool, it can be very confusing indeed. This article will provide a basic explanation of our local community in South Africa and a brief to-the-point explanation of what real Vampyres are. Hopefully our readers will find understanding what we are a little easier.
The purpose of this article is to explain the phenomenon of our existence as a community or sub-culture as briefly and clearly as possible, by explaining what a Vampyre is, what relationship vampyrism has to religion, and the misunderstanding that Vampyres are “Satanists” – a claim which appears to be prevalent both in media representations as well as in the claims made by numerous so-called “experts” in the field of the occult – by laying out the basic facts, and then adding explanations.
What is a Vampyre?
Let’s start by dispelling some of the myths about what a Vampyre is. A person who identifies as vampyric or as a Vampyre
- is NOT dead, undead, and is a living mortal human being just like you
- is NOT physically immortal, invulnerable
- does NOT burst into flames (or sparkle like Edward Cullen) in sunlight
- is NOT allergic to silver, “holy” water, crucifixes, bibles etc
- does NOT attack or kill people to drink their blood
In a very short explanation, a Vampyre is a person who experiences a shortage of vital life energy and which can only be countered or rectified by the intake of this vital life energy from a source other than ordinary food, medicine or drugs. According to Vampyre tradition, a non-Vampyre automatically produces more than enough of this energy on their own, while a vampyric person does not, and this shortage results in numerous problems which can manifest over time in terms of ill health.
To sum up, if you are new to the concept of REAL living Vampyres, forget what you already know from myth and fiction, open your mind, and continue reading.
Why do people believe they are Vampyres?
A Vampyre has various reasons for believing they are vampyric, which results after much self-analysis, taking into consideration their personal experiences of symptoms such as exhaustion, fatigue, depression, neediness, and physical illness which occur when they do not feed on vital life energy often enough. Vampyric people experience needs, which if they do not feed in order to satisfy these needs, escalate to a point where they experience ill health in the form of sickness or the onset or exacerbation of depression or other ailments.
What do Vampyres feed from, where do they get their vital life energy?
People who identify as Vampyres feed upon vital life energy on order to sustain themselves. They obtain this vital life energy from a variety of sources, which may include elemental energy (fire, wind, storms, water, light etc), energy from plants such as trees, and energy from living creatures such as animals and humans. This sort of energy is absorbed by them either through physical contact, or across a distance using psychic means. Some, a very few, take this life energy from living blood, be it animal or human blood.
How do Vampyres feed?
Real self identifying Vampyres feed in a variety of ways. The energy-feeders have a multitude of different methods, each to suit the source of energy and personal tastes – but most of these involve visualization and energy techniques similar to reiki. Some involve physical contact. Some may involve living creatures or humans. Those who feed using these methods are divided into categories like “Emotional feeders” who feed off different emotions, some feed off positive energy, others feed off the negative energy you would find people giving off in arguments and so on. Some feed off the kind of energy given off in sexual interactions. Mostly those who feed using energetic techniques are referred to as “Psi’s”, “Psi vamps” or “Psychic Vampyres”. Those who feed from the energy in living blood are called “Sangs”, “Sanguinarians” or “Sanguine Vampyres”.
Do all Vampyres drink blood?
No, only a relatively small percentage of Vampyres actually need to consume blood as part of feeding. Some believe that blood contains a different sort or quality of life energy needed by the sanguine Vampyres, or that sanguine Vampyres are unable to feed using other energetic techniques.
Do Vampyres attack or harm people they feed from?
No. People who identify as Vampyres and who feed from living creatures do not need to harm or kill the source from which they feed. Many Vampyres do not feed from people or even from animals, but from other sources such as storms, trees, and nature. Those who feed from people are bound by community ethics (such as the Black Veil or the TLV) to make use of donors – people who volunteer to offer them some of their life energy. Those who consume blood follow strict safety guidelines, and in any case, relatively little blood is consumed per feeding. Vampyres DO NOT ATTACK or HARM those they feed from – that is why they are called DONORS, and not VICTIMS.
For a clear, step by step demonstration on how a sanguine Vampyre feeds, click here to view an episode of a documentary on the topic.
What is a Donor?
A Donor is a person who is a friend or romantic partner of a Vampyre who voluntarily gives some of their life energy to the Vampyre to consume. They do this with full understanding of what they are doing, and at all times have full control over the process of donation. Some Donors will donate life energy via psychic methods, others will donate small amounts of blood using sterile techniques. Some will offer both. Most Donors (sometimes called Swans in the community) are not active participants in the Vampyre Community, but many are. Donors are highly valued and appreciated people in the community and there is even an annual Donor Appreciation Day celebrated internationally by the Vampyre Community.
What are Vampyre Ethics?
The Vampyre Community, like any sub-culture or social grouping has its own system of values, norms and ethics. In some places these are unspoken and understood for what they are, in others there are written guidelines to make these ethics clear to especially newcomers to the community. In the USA, UK and much of Europe, the Black Veil is the set guideline. In South Africa we use the Totum Lex Vampyrica, which has also been adopted in the Indian community, and translated into Spanish as well. Whatever the wording or the name, the purpose is the same – to set out clearly the do’s and don’ts of the community, to clarify what can be viewed as dangerous behavior, and explain what is and what is not ethical.
What proof is there that psychic Vampyres really feed and are not “just pretending” or delusional?
Why use the name “Vampyre”?
It is not known for definite why we use the name “Vampire” (or “Vampyre” in some places) but since we know our kind have always existed throughout human history, we generally hold the belief that the myths of the undead “vampire” were based originally upon our existence, and corrupted by the early Catholic church in the Dark Ages in order to instill fear in the ignorant population of Europe during the plagues. Original mythos from the Middle East, and Sumer seem to fit the reality of vampyric people far more closely than many realize. It is the similarities between the fictional Vampyre (who feeds from blood, and causes the death of their victim) which causes the misunderstanding about the actual practices of the real living Vampyre and our community. People tend to make assumptions about something which they know very little about based upon something popularized in fiction and which does not exist.
How does religion affect a Vampyre?
Religion has no special different effect on a Vampyre different to what it would have on a non-Vampyre. A person can be vampyric identify as a Vampyre, and still belong to any other religion because being vampyric is not a religion in itself. Vampyres view being vampyric as what or who they are as people, and their religion as what faith they hold. Therefore, there are Vampyres in every different relgion, even Christianity. The misinformation propagated by religious crusaders against our community are entirely false. Vampyres are not necessarily all “Satanists”, or “Goths” as some claim. Even surveys conducted by our community over the past decade have shown that relatively few participants in the Vampyre culture are actually members of the Satanist religion. Most Vampyres are not part of the Goth sub-culture, and no – relatively few Goths are actually Vampyres. Most dress just like everybody else around them. The myths about Vampyres being allergic to crucifixes or bibles or “holy” water are exactly that – MYTHS.
Is Vampyrism a religion?
No – but there are some specific religions that cater specially FOR Vampyres. Examples include the Path of the Kherete (Kheprianism), Temple of the Vampire, The Vampire Church, and Ordo Strigoi Vii. These are tailor-made religions designed for those who identify as Vampyres. According to recent surveys, most Vampyres identify with different denominations of Christianity. People who claim “vampirism” is a part of Satanism tend to forget, somewhat conveniently, to point out that even Christianity contains elements of vampirism, even if some claim it is simply “symbolic”.
What is the Vampyre Community?
Vampyres tend to seek out others like themselves, and the Vampyre Community is for self-identified Vampyres who understand their nature as vampyric people. It is a support structure, where they can interact with others who have the same or similar life experiences as themselves, where they can find answers to their questions, as well as to socialize with others who understand them. The VC includes individual participants, as well as groups formed by them – both online and offline. Vampyre groups in real life are often referred to as Houses, but also to a lesser degree, as covens. Vampyres meet each other for social reasons, just as anyone else might want to meet or hang out with friends who have similar interests.
What is Vampyre Culture?
Over time in the Vampyre Community or sub-culture as some call it, we have developed our own outlook or “worldview”. There are protocols, traditions, hierarchies, and different ways of doing things than would be done outside the VC, and even to other sub-cultures and social groups. The Vampyre Community has various different scripts and writing sets, its own diverse lexicon of terminology, its own history, and even its own set of ideologies – including several interesting spiritualities. Vampyres choose names for themselves that suit their vampyric identities, and the Vampyre Community has its own naming conventions.
It is our hope that this article has proved to be informative to the general public, and as always, should there be any questions or confusion about what a Vampyre is… and should you be genuinely curious and willing to learn – you are welcome to just ask a Vampyre.
Scientific evidence produced by a US Airforce study suggesting psychic vampyrism is provable
For more information on the South African real Vampyre Community, visit the SA Vampyre Culture Center.