*PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES ON VAMPIRISM*
Shortgoth/Danny - Les Vampires
Section 1 : Beliefs and Definitions
Define vampire and vampirism.
A "vampire" is a person that believes themselves to be lacking, for one reason or another, the correct amount of "life energy". There are many theories as to why, ranging from missing chakras to astral parasites to a simple biological inability to manufacture said "life energy". "Vampirism" is the physical (or spiritual, or purely psychological) act of drawing said "life energy" from another source, typically human although many claim to "feed" from plants, storms, the sun, oceans, etc.
Would you define vampires as human or non-human?
Homo Sapiens Sapiens, just like the rest of us.
Do you believe that there's more than one kind vampire? If so, what do you think those kinds are and what defines them?
Not really. They share common symptons, only their claimed causes and "feeding" techniques differ.
Section 2 : Traits
Do you beleive vampires are born, made, or some of each?
Do you believe non-vampires can be turned into vampires?
If you think non-vampires can be turned into vampires how might that be accomplished?
Do you think there are certain traits that all vampires share. What are they? If a self-proclaimed vampire doesn't exhibit these traits how would you classify them?
There are no automatically shared physical or mental traits that I've noticed, they're as diverse as any other semi-organised subculture.
Section 3 : Sang~Psi~Self-Perception
How do you know you're a vampire, or if you're not, what would make you think someone else was one.
I'm not one. As for what would make me think someone was? Absolutely nothing. If a person wishes to claim they're a vampire, I won't argue with them, but there's no way of proving whether they are or aren't.
If your definitions include "energy," define "energy." If
not, what do you believe the vampire draws sustenance from?
The actual energy humans give off is bio-chemical and electrical in nature. The "life energy" vampires claim to be lacking and to need is akin to what various religions and spiritual systems call "chi", "prana", etc. I'm not too sure as to what sort of "energy" those who feed from wind, rain, sun, etc, claim to be taking.
Have you ever consumed blood? If so, how does doing so effect you?
The only blood I've ever consumed is my own, either through automatic sucking of a small cut or through getting smacked in the mouth.
Do you believe in "psychic/psionic" abilities? If so, do you think vampires have enhanced abilities in this area?
Until relatively recently, I'd answer a blanket "no". As it stands, the jury is still out as to psychic or psionic abilities. I couldn't hazard a guess as to whether vampires have enhanced abilities in this area. Many believe they do, of course.
Do you beleive that all vampires need to consume blood or that some can feed by tapping energy directly(psionically)?
They can "feed" from whatever they believe they can "feed" from. If a vampire, for whatever reason, is convinced they can only "feed" from blood drinking then they will only achieve the desired effect by "feeding" from blood drinking. If they believe they can feed from wind, rain, plants, or "psi-feeding" on humans or other animals then they will have achieved their desired result, it's not something that's "hard-wired".
Section 4 : Spiritual and Social
Do you follow a particular spiritual path and if so what is it?
I'm an atheist.
Does your spiritualiy or religion have any relationship to vampirism? Do you believe that vampirism has a religious context or is a religion?
N/A to the first and as for the latter, vampirism is often included in a person's personal adaptation of whatever belief system they follow. Some people have attempted to turn "vampirism" into a religion in itself, but their efforts never really caught on.
Do you believe in physical immortality, and if so can vampires be immortal? What about spiritual immortality?
No to all three.
What do you think would be the ideal relationships between vampires and society? What do you see the real realationship between vampires and society as being?
The ideal: getting along peacefully (incidentally, this is the "ideal" for every belief system, culture, race, and philosophy). The actual: occasional bouts of hysteria by both sides and a general mistrust, but then people often view "others" (whether that "other" factor being a different skin colour, religion, country of origin, or whatever) with the same amount of mistrust and occasional hysteria.
Do you think there should be an overall community or organisation for all vampires? If so how should it be structured? If not, why not?
It depends on what is considered a "community". If it means everyone banding together under one person's lead, that's a "cult", not a true "community". Many aspire to do this and put themselves forward as "the leader", and it's a bad idea. If by "community" you mean what there is now, a loose association of individuals, or perhaps some centralised organistion to allow vampires to help each other, it can't be a bad thing.