Real Vampires Exist!
Vampires are not on your TV screen, in folklore or stories, they exist in real life. oh Yeah! They are not the fictional entities who you watch on TV, but they are nothing like how they are depicted. They do not prowl to look for humans or animals to feed on, they don’t turn into random insects or animals and they dont sleep in Coffins. They are a lot like us, normal working people, they do not harm anybody. You surely will never get to know if the person sitting next to you is a Vampire.
They don’t reveal their identity because they know the mainstream people will have difficulty accepting them. We, non-vampires, may not consider them as normal and tag them as UNWANTED. We think that ‘They’ will harm us, not considering the fact that in doing so, somehow we are harming their identities by classifying them as similar to the fictional characters we usually read about or watch on TV.
What researches have to say?
Browning has spent five years looking for them and found real vampires living in New Orleans and Buffalo. “Real vampires” is the collective term by which these people are known, these people actually need blood (human or animal) or psychic energy from donors in order to feel healthy. But they ARE NOT BLOODSUCKER, some of them even wear fangs, observe energy, sleep in coffins after they realise the symptoms they carry differs from the mainstream people. But the case is not same for all of them. Browning met around 35 real vampires but estimates the total number in New Orleans to easily be double that, considering vampires don’t really want to come out as identify themselves as one. “They ranged in age from 18 to 50 and represented both sexes equally. They practised sanguinarian (blood) and psychic feeding – taking energy using, for example, the mind or hands.”
We can survive on food alone, but these people can not, they can feel energized only taking energy from other people. Although they do eat normal food like the rest of us.
William, the researcher writes:
“Real vampires report that without occasional feeding, their overall health and well-being suffer. Hence, the term vampirism is used to describe the feeding process. Real vampires may or may not find interest in mythical vampires or pop culture vampirism; these seem to be irrelevant to their self-identified vampirism.”
“Most Vampires believe they were born that way; they do not choose this“
William’s research gives a framework to their identity saying the fact ,”Most Vampires believe they were born that way; they do not choose this.” Browning has described it in a convincing way that how these changes occur naturally to them. John Edger Browning‘s five years of research on ethnographic studies of the real vampires has other interesting discoveries. He discovered that these vampires’ “self-described nature begins to manifest around or just after puberty. It derives, according to them, from the lack of subtle energies their bodies produce – energies other people take for granted. That’s the general consensus anyway. It’s a condition they claim to be unable to change. So, they embrace it.”
“They are successful, ordinary people“
They drink blood which donors donate after passing the medical tests ‘WITHOUT HARMING ANYONE‘. Browning became one of those donor to find out more about them. He even met an elder Vampire at NOVA‘s meeting. As D.J. Williams of Idaho State University says after his long study on Vampires, “They are successful, ordinary people. The real vampire community seems to be a conscientious and ethical one.” So Browning find them on the NOVA’s meeting.
They are not typical to follow the social roles. These Vampires include atheistic, monotheistic or polytheistic people as well as heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual people. There were some Vampires who were married, divorced and some were parents. Browning further writes,
” Unquestionably, I found the vampires I met to be competent and generally outwardly “normal” citizens. They performed blood-letting rituals safely and only with willing donors and participated regularly in medical exams that scarcely (if ever) indicated complications from their feeding practices.”
They were unaware about the mainstream idea about them
This probably is unbelievable but its true. Many vampires Browning interviewed were unaware about the depiction of vampires in literature and and TV shows such as True Blood, Vampire Diaries. They were somehow far away from the idea of Vampires that the rest of people have.
Why to research on Real Vampires?
According to John this “defiant culture” never lets itself appear in the mainstream culture, probably due to the feeling of discrimination they might face. They do not produce negativity, perhaps they may help us to know their culture better.
This community is enriched with its own cultural practices, a group of people who are not NORMAL to the mainstream but carry their own identity with themselves, which could be worth studying.