Chatting with Vampires – Beyond Borders

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Presented by

Tim

Good evening,
Along with the realisation that our corner of the global village is but one part of the world as far as the modern Vampyre culture is concerned comes the realisation, when treated to being in touch with international guests, that in other countries the scope and the freedom that is celebrated by modern living vampires is much more open and visibly accepted than we might experience at home.

Our guest this evening joins us from the South American country of Brazil, specifically, the city of São Paulo.

For those of you whom may not be familiar, São Paulo is a municipality in the southeast region of Brazil. The metropolis is an alpha global city—as listed by the GaWC—and is the most populous city in Brazil as well as in the Southern Hemisphere. The municipality is also the largest in the Americas and Earth’s 12th largest city proper by population. The city is the capital of the surrounding state of São Paulo, one of 26 constituent states of the republic. It is Brazil’s most populous and wealthiest state. It exerts strong international influences in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment. The name of the city honors the Apostle, Saint Paul of Tarsus. The city’s metropolitan area of Greater São Paulo ranks as the most populous in Brazil, the 11th most populous on Earth, and largest Portuguese language-speaking city in the world.“[1]

São Paulo is also home to a part of one of the world’s longest standing and most respected modern culture institutions, it is the home of the Brazilian chapter of Temple House Sahjaza and presiding over that branch is Prince/Lord Axikerzus Sahjaza.

It gives us great pleasure and honour to present, in conjunction with Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza and her Staff, to bring you an interview with Prince/Lord Axikerzus.

 

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Temple House Sahjaza

RVL: Good evening Prince/ Lord Axikerzus it is a great honour and a pleasure, as always, to welcome a member of Temple House Sahjaza to RVL.

Lord A: My pleasure noble one. Let’s tell about our lands…

RVL: As Leader in the modern Vampire culture, would you mind sharing a little of your personal history with us?

Lord A: Vampires have been in my life ever since I remember, it all began by listening to legends and stories around fires near the great pine forest we have on my family’s estate on the top of a mountain that I inherited – and which we have called for more than a decade. Sacred Solo Strigoi. I live in Brazil, although vampires have been in our cultural production for well over 170 years (if we leave aside the gods and shamans with long prey and bat shapes from previous pre-Columbian civilizations) the story of people living a Vamp archetype Something less than two decades down here. Thus, my history as a leader began in mid-2003 with the foundation of REDE VAMPYRICA, a group of websites, blogs, articles and cultural production transmedia dedicated to inform and provide contents, events and meetings to all lovers and allies. About 10 years ago I present a radio program called Vox Vampyrica with more than 300 editions, I am the author of the book MYSTERIES VAMPYRICOS  by one of the biggest Brazilian publishers of spirituality and occultism with more than 10,000 copies sold (the work is in translation for the English with plans to be launched in England soon). I worked as a DJ and event producer for the Vamp context for 18 years and developed my spirituality and ties with the so-called Vampyrica Cosmovision through the legacy and learning with the Sahjaza dynasty where I occupy the highest male degree, his art and trades.

Brazil

RVL: In your own mind, what is a real modern vampire? And, what attributes do you see in modern vampirism?

Lord A: I find it strange to use the term modern or postmodern to refer to what I live at every moment of my life. Both the Vampire and the Witch belong to the premodern imaginary where their existence is possible to be measured, since there are resources where the same imaginary can be measured and used as an essential and practical part of life. In modern or even postmodern thinking we are only subcultures and social subgroups with strange and clandestinely acceptable beliefs. So I think we are more than all of this. We are something first, feral yet elegantly dressed walking along the main avenues and event houses of the world. We are something that periste and atavicamente resurge. We are inevitably linked to an invisible art and a nameless office, devoted, devoted and passionate with our power to crystallize dreams and transmute our lives into something more sublime. We use pagan and Christian symbols to create a new life and as long as your name is unknown we will call it vampirism.

RVL: …and may we ask, do you identify as a modern real vampire? And. If so, how would you define your vampirism?

Lord A: I’m a Vampyre. I am a Strigoi and I walk on the trail that I learn and develop with the Sahjaza dynasty side by side with the discrete society called Circulo Strigoi that I develop here in Brazil, South America and Portugal. Our “vampirism” or “Vampyric worldview” lurks, hunts and gathers the “Blood” of the Gods and Goddesses in majestic rites of great power and with deep shamanic involvement in every way. We seek presence of spirit, speak from the heart, transcend the solar flames of the ego, to embrace the fluidity of the waters of the dark cosmic ocean that surrounds us – where only what we carry with us. Covering what we are and sharing with love. Understanding that immortality lies instantly and in the shared legacy along the crossroads of life. Our Vampirism It has nothing to do with parasitism, emotional problems, thirst for attention or lack like those bullshit promoted in written publications without any foundation and integrity. Our Vampirism has deep connection with the pagan, the esoteric and the original sense of the term used to the north of Russia in century X.

Prince-Lord Axikerzus Sahjaza & Lady Xendra Sahjaza

RVL: Turning now to your local area, if we may, what involvement does your House or Organisation have with local communities and with the modern Vampire culture there?

Lord A: The history of the Brazilian scene and our REDE VAMP blend and blend together because we ended up being the introversion and developers of the context Vamp in Brazil, South America and Portugal. They are at least 14 years of history and great achievements. There are well over 400 events already held between parties, serenades, fashion shows, social gatherings, public or closed rites. The first and most popular of these events was my THEATER OF VAMPIRES (reportedly included in the Vampyre Almanac publications and other books in Europe) deeply inspired by Anne Rice’s work and the underground group presentations created by Tony Sokol. We have been doing Fangxtasy (6 years ago), Carmilla (6 years ago, a luxury event), Bazar Rede Vamp (which encourages young artisans and micro entrepreneurs who explore the dark theme in their creations). For 14 years we have been the only traditional Vamp Mask Dance in our continent. We edited a printed periodical; a webradio program called Vox Vampyrica  on the air for more than 10 years. Also we developed here the World Dracula Day created by Dacre Stoker, with actions in bookstores, municipal schools and escapegames. Together with the Strigoi Circle we offer training and development in vampyric spirituality and worldview, as well as performing an annual open rite in the largest pagan and holistic event in South America. São Paulo is the only city in the world that has an official date and a law called DAY OF THE VAMPIRES that encourages the donation of blood in public hospitals and campaigns against prejudice and encourage the artistic diversity created by Liz Vamp cineaste for 15 years. I live in a country where social activists have started dressing up as vampires to collect and collect works and promises from politicians to poor and disadvantaged neighborhoods. There is a lot of special things in Brazil. This is not to mention the large team that works weekly in the creation of articles and content for our portal www.redevamp.com

RVL: Without wishing to play Devil’s Advocate here, you will undoubtedly be aware that there are critics of you and your work, how would you respond to that?

Lord A: We learned from the Masons that we did not respond to criticism. We show our work, our actions and our achievements, we focus attention and energy on its improvement, development and continuity. If we make mistakes we apologize and try to do better. If someone comes to us to talk or treat with civility something that bothers or disturbs us, we talk and try to reach a point of peace.

Unfortunately we live in a country where the religious fanaticism of so-called evangelicals has become worrying, as well as our bipartisan politics and we actually live in a country ruined by almost 15 years of political left in power. So we have a people more concerned with putting on their tinkering, repression, insufficiency and powerlessness as a flag and political dogma – more concerned with revenge and persecution who do not want to deal with all this political bullshit than to do something substantial. So we often deal with prejudice and even physical aggression. People have already been discriminated against, beaten and injured just by dressing differently when they went to a party or even donating blood to a hospital in the Vampire’s Day campaign. Brazil is not for amateurs, with civility and distinction we seek to ensure space and representativeness for the Vamps here and all who do not fit in the molds that necessarily the politicians and religious leaders of here try to impose us.

RVL: What led you to the decision to establish your house, or organisation and when did this come about?

Lord A: In 2003 I went through a near-death experience. He concludes that he no longer wanted to imagine or pretend that one day he would leave here to live in the United States or London a lovely cultural scene of events and with people who lived the archetype vamp in their daily lives. So I decided to share content and translate various materials on all this to inspire and find similar in my lands… today 14 years later I notice that the plan worked out. We’ve already taken events and ours into the City Hall of the largest city in South America claiming their rights as citizens and many other fantastic things..

São Paulo skyline
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RVL: …and in the long term, what are your ultimate goals for your house/organisation?

Lord A: There is still a lot to be done and I think expanding without losing the quality or identity of what we already have is our best strategy. We still do not have German festivals here like M’Era Luna or Wave Gotik Treffen that stop small towns for a few days and become a mecca of everything Vamps somehow cherish. So I think something like that still needs to be established and banked on our lands. It seems like a good dream, something inspirational and if it is done respecting the local identity – it will be fantastic!

RVL: Does your House/Organisation have an online website and, if so, where can our readers find it?

Lord A: Yes you can find us at www.redevamp.com

The Official site of Lord A. http://redevampyrica.com/lord-a-oficial/

Worksite, Parties, Transmidia e etcs…

http://redevampyrica.com/vox-vampyrica/

http://redevampyrica.com/agenda-vampyrica-oficial/

http://redevampyrica.com/primeira-visita/

And our webstore,

http://redevampyrica.com/emporium-vamp/

Contacts at:

https://www.facebook.com/Lord.A.oficial/

Jardim botanico, São Paulo
photo credit: Eliana Souza

RVL: In the “About” statements at many Vampire homepage sites it is commonly written,

Discussion and debate are absolutely welcome. Resorting, however, to blatant racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, or any other means of tapping into major structures of oppression to attack, demean, or even “joke” won’t be tolerated in this group.”

Do you feel this something that can be entirely avoided in the modern Vampire culture, either offline or online?

Lord A: The vampire Achilles’ heel still today lies in the shallowness and thirst for popularity and immediacy expressed in the actions of many in this context – unfortunately! If we think of the beginning of the 21st century we have had several cases of plagiarism, theft of intellectual property and use of content without any foundation or possession of uniqueness by many pilantras thanks to the internet. Out of nowhere anyone became the father or the father and owner of an order or house sometimes of one or two members, only reading booklets or fallacious sites. Most of the time inventing any nonsense. I come from a country where the term “house” recalls candomblé (Afro-Brazilian cult similar to Voodoo) and to establish a “home”, first the person goes through a learning and practice of many years and constant ordeals to ensure the transmission of a Spirituality and his role as a priest. It is not something simple or available to everyone. So as a researcher I think there is a lot to be transmuted out there in the United States, whether online or offline.

You see, Americans have access to wisdom, honor, and a solid spiritual foundation offered to the Sahjaza dynasty for more than forty years, thanks to the blessed work of matriarch Goddess Rosemary. Historically and in practical life the influence and inspiration of his spiritual work touched people even in other continents. It formed the basis that allowed the self-proclaimed top leaders of today’s context Vamp in the world to tread their ways. However, for the “modern” Vamps leaders it is more convenient to sublimate, to play the gaslighting and to pass through precursors or inventors than they were not. Those who sell what they do not have, dance with dry cloths at the side of the fire, show no respect.

Whoever omits his own history, cuts heads only to appear taller is unworthy in every way.In my view that is exactly what does not help and unfortunately glorifies the infamous popularity of some names whose generated and published content is risible for lack of foundation, experience and consistency – and mock fun at more traditional orders and spiritualities for obvious reasons. Many Vamps ignore, and others mask the very history of the road that trills only to gain popularity. That sucks and should be avoided.

We have history, we have content, a spiritual basis comparable and worthy of dialogue with other pagan expressions like Traditional Witchcraft, Wicca, Druidism, Shamanism and others. But most people just want irresponsible fun and make faces that dominates something they have no idea what it is. I understand that my words are hard, but they are punctual. More Camille Paglia! Less Father Todd!

RVL: If you had one piece of advice to offer newcomers to the culture, what would it be?

Lord A: Live, Love, Learn, Study, Study, Study, Training, Training and more training… party, party and party… know and love the story of who walk this way before you. Be kind and prosperous for those living this way with you. And develop, share, cultivate, spread, transmit what is good for those who will come and connect with you. This words was confessed to me at 90´s and remains true!

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RVL: Do you have any other comments or observations that you would like to share at this time?

Lord A: Come to Brazil! Especially for Halo Antares or the city of São Paulo. We will love to be able to welcome and show the beauties and the strength of this ancient land. The vampire is timeless and transregional I think the more the class from North America and South America (as well as Europe, Oceania, Asia and Africa) get involved the more useful and practical it will be for the whole context.

RVL: We would like to thank you deeply for granting us this interview, we are very appreciative of your time and we would be honoured to keep in touch with you regarding the ongoing growth and development of your House, or Organisation.

Lord A: Thank you for the opportunity and the space. It was great to revisit and review the steps of our trajectory during the time dedicated to your interview. Many thanks to all involved. Always visit www.redevamp.com and with a bit of google translator you will be able to know a little more everything that we do here.


Differences in cultural perspectives of the modern living Vampire culture can, and will, go a long way to securing a strong future for the culture. Perhaps they can even help engender a new sense of co-operation that can only strengthen our way of life.

In developing and conducting this interview, in communicating with the people of Temple House Sahjaza I am struck by a singular hope, it is very much embodied in these words;
Live, Love, Learn, Study, Study, Study, Training, Training and more training… party, party and party… know and love the story of who walk this way before you. Be kind and prosperous for those living this way with you. And develop, share, cultivate, spread, transmit what is good for those who will come and connect with you.”

That is the philosophy that will make our culture stronger, that is the philosophy that will endow our culture with dignity once again.

Copyright: RVL, Prince-Lord A. Sahjaza & Temple House Sahjaza 2017

Additional references; [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Paulo

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New for old for old for new?

Written and presented by

Tim

Good evening,

In the way of all things, history especially, things do seem to turn in full circles over a course of time don’t you think?

Many topics, questions and subjects that have been visited in the past seem to find new life breathed into them from time to time and this is not necessarily a bad thing. Fresh eyes, looking at old problems, or questions, can very often see things that may have “slipped through the cracks” previously.

The subject, or rather subjects, of this editorial are twofold; firstly, the consideration of a perception that has been called “Med-Sang”, or Medical Sanguinarianism which engenders a proposed re-definition of “Vampire types” and, secondly, the renewed calls for “separation” from the overall culture by specific groups of real living Vampires.

It is sometimes difficult, given interactions and exposure to certain groups, to maintain a strictly neutral air when attempting to present information but I would like to assure everyone reading this that neither I, nor RVL, have a vested interest in these issues. We simply wish to bring the information to light so that our readers are in a position to make informed decisions about which sides of which fences they may wish to stand.


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Having said as much let us turn, initially, to the matter of a relatively newly coined phrase, “Med-Sang”. That is not to say, of course, that the concepts behind the “Med-sang” term are new, quite the reverse in fact.

From reading an article entitled, “Consider the Med Sang Point of View” presented at website The Red Cellar, we are given to understand that, quote, “Many blood drinking “Vampires” are turning their eyes towards possible medical explanations for their conditions, disregarding the glamour of the vampire image and focusing on how to quietly and safely acquire what is for them, the only medication they know of to effectively treat perceived physical and psychological symptoms.”

This, in its turn, leads us to seek a definition for exactly what a “Med-Sang” might actually be. An explanation can be found at the web resource Vampire Network News where the definition offered is contained in an editorial entitled, “The Case for Separation Of The Vampire Community [ And Its Benefits ]”. The term “Sanguivore” is contained in a list of “types” of Vampire created by the author of the work. These types are,
Cultural vampires, or people who choose to ingest blood, or energy but not in order obviate medical or psychological complications. These people are held to be such that practice vampire lifestyles and envelop themselves in the cultural aspects of the Vampire.

Next are the Energy vampires, described as those “who must intake energy (in various forms) in order to avoid potentially life-threatening medical complications and enhance their physiology”.

The third offered definition is “Sanguivores”, these Vampires are held to be those ingest blood so that they can avoid, “potentially life-threatening medical complications and enhance their physiology.”

The final definition is that of Hybrids, or, Vampires who must ingest “both blood and energy in order to avoid potentially life-threatening medical complications and enhance their physiology.”

The Suscitatio Lexicon [1] provides some further delineation of types in its definition of Sanguinarian where it records that, “Sanguinarian vampires can vary in their experience of blood hunger and in how often or in what quantities they need to feed, but the unique craving for blood and the physical symptoms associated with neglecting to drink blood are unifying features of sanguinarian vampirism.

It goes on to say that, “there is a popular but not universally-held theory within the Community that the life force energy or “prana” contained within the blood is the source from which they feed, rather than any physical component of the blood itself. This theory is supported by the notably small amount of blood that vampires consume to alleviate their hunger, but challenged by the fact that vampires who consider themselves primarily blood drinkers often do not display as many or any of the psychic tendencies that psychic vampires do, and more often report more physical symptoms, such as sense acuity and physical strength, than do the psychic vampires.”

Indeed, it can get confusing, even, we suspect, within the Sanguinarian population.

From the articles at both The Red Cellar and The VNN we are led to understand that the Med-Sang is of the “Sanguivore” type of modern living Vampire, i.e. one who MUST ingest blood to stay alive, to avoid threats, possibly fatal, to mind and/or body and who experiences “enhanced physiology”.

This distinction raises several unanswerable questions and the first and foremost of these is, “What, exactly, is the component in blood that keeps modern Sanguine Vampires from becoming physically or psychologically unwell?” Of course, at this time, there is no identification of that component available so the effects of the blood intake can’t be gauged because there are no indicators to measure against. There are a great many reports, some from very creditable sources that describe what a “lack of blood feeding” can lead to. The problem is that these are anecdotal evidences, not empirical and although these sources are impeccable in themselves the shot that the hard-line sceptics will fire off with, every time, is, “Prove it”. The truth is, at this point in time there is no “proof” available, there is no “empirical evidence” in support of the Med Sang point of view, however, consider this, as of 2012, 2.2 billion Christians believed in God… [2]

I haven’t seen any proof of him around the place, have you? However, the faith and belief in this deity provides the inspiration for millions upon millions to “get through” life. Belief can be a very strong ally indeed.

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It would do everyone well to remember that modern Vampires, of any type or description, are NOT obliged to “prove” anything to anyone, no more than a Christian has to “prove” their God exists and the naysayers should accept that they have no right to demand such proof, much less to feel they are owed such proof.

The Med-Sang cultural element are, as is anyone else, perfectly entitled to their beliefs, perceptions and their own places to discuss such, what they do not have the right to do, however, is to attempt to impose; either directly, or indirectly, their cultural sub-set labels on anyone else and this is where any appeal for wider recognition of their existence can fall through.  Somebody once commented to me, roughly, that, “words don’t always mean what they mean in the dictionary, they mean what the majority of people understand them to mean.” In essence, if I convinced enough people that the colour of a summer sky was actually green then blue would become the new green… only one problem, where would that leave poor old green?

Med-Sangs employ the term to describe, within their own faction, the meaning of their perceived, and believed, condition or their “normal” state of being. Outside of that environment the term has little meaning to anyone who is not a Med-sang but it does, however, identify a person as being from that particular cultural group – whether we understand it or not and at this time, to all intents and purposes, that is the aim. Another issue may, and has done, raise its head, what about people who don’t agree with the “Med-sang” perspective? What’s to be done with them?

In one word, tolerance. It doesn’t matter how loudly someone yells to make themselves heard, it doesn’t matter what rhetoric or explanations they choose to employ, it doesn’t matter what insults they may throw at people who don’t “believe” the fact remains that anything that challenges another’s beliefs, challenges another’s perception and challenges another’s understanding will be met with various levels of resistance. The true test of the theory is whether those proposing the new theory are able, or competent, to mount a defence of their position based in logic, fact and plausible surmise. Biting back often does more harm than good and, in the case of the early reports of the ‘Med-sang’ issue this caused some great commotion, a great deal of angst and even ended up setting friend against friend. Not a great start if you’re looking for acceptance and recognition.

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This brings us, in a semi-direct manner, to the second point of this editorial. By involving themselves, predominantly, in the case for separation of the Vampire Culture by Vampire type they are seeking to categorize the entire membership of the global culture according to their own definitions. This is fine within their own circles and enclaves but this, more than any other factor, could be the very thing that will see any attempt to separate the culture, ultimately, fail. Rather than separation, which has not been declared as an absolute end goal of the Med-Sang contingent, it would seem that a partial separation would be better considered. Perhaps a good compromise might be a group, or groups, where Med-Sangs can be and can discuss their own business, the business of discovering what and who they are, if that’s the case then fine but, in open discussions and multi-membership forums in combined web resources; that is websites where Vampires and Otherkin of diverse types gather, there have been instances where other members of the Vampire culture have been ridiculed and harangued for voicing their opinions against the case for separation.

Now, you might say that this is normal for the online vampire environment and that, unfortunately, is why so many good and possibly productive discussions come apart and lose all semblance of the rational. Perhaps the honoured Deacon Gray, Member of House of the Dreaming, was not so very far off the mark when he opined that a good name for a group of Vampires would be “a ‘bicker’ of Vampires”.

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A question, at this point, if I may… do you think that if the Vampire culture were segregated according to type the bickering, the insults, the tantrums and the rhetoric might achieve a more rational level of productive talks? I wonder…

Forming a self-interest group to tackle such issues and questions necessarily needs to include people from ALL sectors influenced by such things so that a balanced outcome and view of the subject is achieved, without this you simply have an “exclusionist” group.

 

The case for separation of the Vampire Culture has been alive and kicking since the early days of the online culture when Lady Amy Kreiytaz was writing of  a psi versus sang separatism, it was the topic of an article written, and presented in Lady CG’s “Smoke and Mirrors”, by CJ, then The Infamous CJ, entitled, “A Sanguinarian Treatise: An Argument For Partition From The Vampire Community”, which has been reposted at The Red Cellar, and, most recently in the previously mentioned, “The Case for Separation Of The Vampire Community [ And Its Benefits ]” and subsequent discussions held at the web resource Vampire Network News. It is, in essence, an old chestnut, it is a problem that has not been resolved in some three decades or more, thus it is not a problem that is going to go away because one group within the culture wants to break away.

In speaking of the article, “Separation Of The Vampire Community [And Its Benefits]” Lady Jane More of The Vampire Network wrote;

the piece doesn’t actually support the idea of “us vs them”. What it does do is gently and respectively present the concept of us vs Us; microcosms based on specifically nurtured needs, catering to individuals in a way that enables them to feel safe, learn, and grow unhindered. Protecting the most vulnerable among us in a way that just might save lives, instead of risking them. It asks that we put aside any and all kinds of power struggles for collective spaces, so we may ultimately enable greater cooperation and understanding in the future. When fully developed microcosms can come together to form a non-contentious whole.”

Lady Lia Tajra of The Vampire Network, went on to note;

By partitioning into smaller groups based on physical and mental commonality, there is a better opportunity for individuals to understand themselves, find the community that suits them best, grow there, and become ambassadors for their subtype who can THEN reach out to other subtypes and establish a clearer, stronger and more cohesive GVC.”

The situation at the heart of the problem is, indeed, far, far older than these discussions and perspectives, it comes back to the very basic of necessities for progress and improvement… one word answer…

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Whether or not the Med-Sang movement decides to withdraw from the wider culture, so be it… everyone MUST respect the decision. Whether people agree or disagree with the “Separatists”, so be it but everyone MUST respect the point of view of the separatist contingent. Whether people completely without vested interest either way have questions and opinions, or not, their right to voice those questions and/or opinions is inviolable and should be respected.

For everyone who wants someone to respect their rights, they MUST, in turn, respect the rights of that someone and until that situation is resolved an “agreeable” separation of anything is never going to work.

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The only remaining option then is for the Med-Sang people to leave and set up their own place. If the Psi contingent don’t want to endure what they see as devaluation and/or criticism then the ONLY option they have is to separate from the wider culture. If the Hybrid contingent want their own home place, free of interference or mischief, then the ONLY option they have is to completely separate themselves from the wider culture.

In fact, if you think about it, if you don’t have, and exercise, a level of common decency and respect then, well, you already have separation.

Copyright TB & RVL 2017

Refs:

  1. http://www.suscitatio.com/research/definitions.html
  2. ANALYSIS (2011-12-19). “Global Christianity”. Pewforum.org. Retrieved 2012-08-17.

Further references:

“True Blood? Not Yet.” [http://www.vampire.network/community/true-blood-not-yet/]

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Chatting with Vampires – Beyond Borders

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Presented by

Tim

“We come from the land, Of the ice and snow

From the midnight sun, Where the hot springs blow”

Led Zeppelin – The Immigrant Song, Atlantic Records, 1970.

 

The Kingdom of Denmark, is a Scandinavian country and sovereign state. It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway.

Denmark has a temperate climate, characterised by mild winters, and cool summers, autumn is the wettest season and spring the driest. The country’s position between a continent and an ocean means that weather often changes.

Because of its northern latitude, there are large seasonal variations in daylight. There are short days during the winter as well as long summer days – all in all it sounds quite delightful.

There is something else about Denmark though, something that may not often occur to many people who think about the country… it has a vibrant, and active representation of the modern living vampire culture.

In this latest edition of “Beyond Borders” we were delighted to be able to spend some time with a high profile and quite well known leader in the modern Vampire culture. Spurn represents not only the information resource “Vampire Fragments”, which collects items of interest from global sources but also The Danish Vampire Community web resource. When we caught up with him he had this to share about himself;

 “I’ve never claimed to be an Elder, king or the like. I more see myself as a leader. I was the first to do anything for the Danish vampire community, since there was nothing before it at that point in time here in Denmark. If that makes me an Elder in the eyes of others, then I wouldn’t put it against them. The point being; I won’t claim to be anything without earning it in the eyes of others.”

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RVL: Good evening Spurn, it is a great honour and a pleasure, to welcome you to RVL.

S: Good evening. Thank you for having me and for taking your time to reach out to me.

RVL: …and, as Leader in the modern Vampire culture, would you mind sharing a little of your personal history with us?

S:  As a leader you take responsibility, and that’s pretty much what I did back in 2010, when I created the website for The Danish Vampire Community. I was trying to get connected with other vampires in my own country, but it was hard, so I needed the platform. Facebook was around, but I felt that the format would limit my possibilities, so I had to do everything from scratch. The website was a success after a year or two with more and more vampires signing up for the forums, and I’ve been helping with the formalities of forming Houses since back in 2012. I’ve mentored several vampires in and out of country, and have been in a couple of articles and television-spots over the years. Simply, I’m trying to help the local community, and to weed out any misinterpretations about vampires in my country. Lately I’ve been working on a bigger international (and global) project; The Vampire Fragments, where I try to collect articles and research about modern vampirism, related information and science, for further research  and for preservation for the future – while working with other individuals and organisations out there in the world.

Img. source: Danish Vampire Community

RVL: In your own mind, what is a real modern vampire? And, what attributes do you see in modern vampirism?

S: A real life modern vampire is an individual, who has a condition (vampirism) where the spirit (in synthesis with the body) is failing to create (and to use) the right type and amount of energies (the term energy used by lack of a better term). A spirit and a body in balance or unbalance effects the psychological and physical condition of the individual (vampire), and thus the vampire is in need of getting its energies balanced out, to be comfortable and function at a psychological and physical level. It’s a need to be in balance.

I’ve always seen vampirism as a curse but I’ve learned to work with my vampirism, and have gained many experiences and skills along the way. I believe that vampirism teaches you have to get in touch with both sides of your being, and that you need others to survive. People nowadays are focused all on themselves. I know vampires can be pretty narcissistic at times but in the end we need others to get fed, and we need the society or community to help and guide each-other. I believe that we have a strong urge to help other vampires. Maybe we aren’t good at discussing civilly online, but who in the world really is? The vampire community is no different than other communities in that matter.

RVL: …and may we ask, do you identify as a modern real vampire? And. If so, how would you define your vampirism?

S: Yes, I identify as such. I don’t believe that I’m a psychic vampire, but just that I am a vampire who feeds on energy. My vampirism is giving me the control and responsibility for my own well-being, and thus the ways in which I satisfy my need to feed, and thereby become balanced in body and spirit. It’s a journey, where the experiences along the way shape me as the vampire that I am, at any given moment. A parasite in control.

 

RVL: Turning now to your local area, if we may, what involvement does your House or Organisation have with local communities and with the modern Vampire culture there?

S: Since The Danish Vampire Community is a large umbrella for all vampires of the country, we are giving the resources and the format for these vampires to talk about their vampirism, as well as guiding newly awakened, and helping vampires get in touch with donors (and the other way round). I believe we as individual vampires of The Danish Vampire Community try to help and guide each-other, both on a country-sized scale and on a local scale (cities).

RVL: Without wishing to play Devil’s Advocate here, you will undoubtedly be aware that there are critics of you and your work, how would you respond to that?

S: Yes. There will always be individuals who doesn’t agree with you, and that is pretty normal in itself. I don’t take it to heart, but I will always try to defend my opinion and my work, while I will still respect and understand that others can have different views and beliefs. There is always a tugging-war when it comes to power. And working on or having a project going, is a sort of power; you can give forth your opinions/experiences/results, and you can undoubtedly affect the world around you with what you bring out there, so of cause you should be critiqued for what you do. Without the criticism, we will never go beyond claims, and we will never better ourselves and our work. I open heartedly welcome critique as a part of the progress of my work.

 

RVL: What led you to the decision to establish your house, or organisation and when did this come about?

S: I felt alone, and I was looking for other vampires in my country. I thought I was alone. I wanted to connect the vampires in my country (if there were any), and to give them tools to work with. That evolved into mentoring and guiding vampires along the way. It all started in 2010, and the website got written in a couple of weeks or so. I am pleased with the progress so far.

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RVL: …and in the long term, what are your ultimate goals for your house/organisation?

S: Right now, The Danish Vampire Community is running itself. We aren’t a House which has specific rules, who gather from time to time. We are all individuals, who do our own thing, and the website and forum is working as a common-ground for vampires to meet, greet and discuss their experiences and views. I’d like to see more interaction and cooperation between the individuals and groups of our country, and that people would take responsibility for creating more content and research for the common sake of the community. Right now, I’m trying to do that myself with The Vampire Fragments, which really is an expansion of things I’ve been doing for The Danish Vampire Community.

 

RVL: Does your House/Organisation have an online website and, if so, where can our readers find it?

The Danish Vampire Community
– Website www.danishvampire.dk
– Facebook www.facebook.com/danishvampire/
– Twitter www.twitter.com/SkyggernesSuk/

The Vampire Fragments
– Website www.vampirefragments.com
– Facebook www.facebook.com/vampirefragments/
– Twitter www.twitter.com/VampFragments/

RVL: In the “About” statements at many Vampire homepage sites it is commonly written, “Discussion and debate are absolutely welcome. Resorting, however, to blatant racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, or any other means of tapping into major structures of oppression to attack, demean, or even “joke” won’t be tolerated in this group.”

Do you feel this something that can be entirely avoided in the modern Vampire culture, either offline or online?

S: I don’t believe that things like this will ever be avoided in the modern vampire culture, nor do I believe it to be avoided in the common world. People and vampires are all different, and they have different cultures, beliefs, morals, laws etc., but as a society of vampires I strongly wish that we should strive towards avoiding these things, as much as possible. Maybe it is wishful thinking, but it is still a goal that we should all try to reach, for the common good of the community.

Img. source: Vampire Fragments

RVL: If you had one piece of advice to offer newcomers to the culture, what would it be?

S: Our community is spread out all-over the world, and thus we have varied backgrounds concerning beliefs, views, laws, morals etc. The thing that connects us, is the need to feed, and this is also what makes us what we are. We might not agree on many things, but at least we are all vampires, and we should all strive to master our own vampirism, and to help others by guidance, when needed.

 

RVL: Do you have any other comments or observations that you would like to share at this time?

S: I’ve seen many new organisations sprout up in the last several months, and I hope that these will try to work together on projects, instead of fighting against each-other. In my opinion, all of our projects should be for the common good of the community, and not to be “better” than everybody else. Nevertheless, it is great to see people take responsibility in the community.

Img. source: ProPublica

RVL: We would like to thank you deeply for granting us this interview, we are very appreciative of your time and we would be honoured to keep in touch with you regarding the ongoing growth and development of your House, or Organisation.

S: Don’t mention it. I’m happy to be able to share some of my views with you, and others who might be intrigued, about what we think and believe about vampirism in Europe. If anything huge happens, I’m sure that we will be in touch.

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When we think of leaders, depending on where we live in the world, we have a mental image that seems to attach itself to the thought… at RVL we like to meet, and highlight, leaders from all walks and origins and especially when we find one, such as Spurn, who has well balanced, well delivered and well considered commentary for us to consider.

Too often we will be assailed by overly competitive and forceful when all we really need do is sit back, take a breath and focus on what’s really important. It was a genuine privilege to present Spurn’s interview here for that very reason.

 

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