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 Post subject: Self-proclaimed Psychic Vampire Says She's Not The Only One
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:35 pm 
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The garlic theories and stakes through the heart may be the stuff of movies and folklore, but some still believe vampires are real and thriving in modern culture.

Michelle Belanger, a self-proclaimed psychic vampire, spoke to UK students about the subculture of modern vampires last night in Memorial Hall as a part of Theoretical Thursdays, sponsored by the Student Activities Board.

"We create subcultures in our society because people want to free themselves from mundane reality and from a world stripped of excitement," Belanger said. "There are all kinds of subcultures: jocks, hippies, gangsters. Vampires are just another group expressing themselves."

Belanger identified three types of vampires in the modern world: life-stylers, psychic vampires and sanguinarians, or blood-drinkers.

"Yes there are even blood-drinkers," Belanger said. "This is not something confined to Dracula and black-and-white horror movies. There are many vampires who insist they need to drink human blood."

According to a census Belanger took in 2000, only 17 percent of self-proclaimed vampires are blood-drinkers.

These vampires are often registered nurses so they do not hurt themselves and they only drink the blood of people who are willing.

"I know it is hard to believe that people are actually willing to do this," Belanger said. "But I promise you there are and these people are tested for STD's very frequently to ensure their health isn't compromised."

Porphyries, often called the Vampire Disease, is a disease that is extremely rare but has been found in individuals who call themselves blood-drinkers.

This disease causes severe anemia and often causes physical cravings for blood.

"It is much like the pregnant mothers who eat paper or clay for the nutrients they have," Belanger said. "They don't realize at the time that they are eating dirt, but their body craves what it is lacking."

Psychic vampires make up 33 percent of the modern vampire population according to Belanger's census.

"As psychic vampires, we not only have psychic abilities but we also are people who crave and feed on vital energy," Belanger said. "Many of you may have encountered one. It is a person who touches you a lot when they talk and who after they leave, you find yourself mentally and physically exhausted."

The remaining population of vampires is life-stylers. These people illustrate their identification with the vampire world as a fashion statement, as a sexual fetish or as a liberated persona. Belanger went on to call Hot Topic the "official vampire store."

"By definition, the vampire subculture is made up of anyone who identifies with vampires," Belanger said. "For the most part, it is made up of people who many view as Gothic, but who are obsessed with what the vampire represents and the freedom that comes from it."

This portion of the subculture may be seen wearing fangs and contacts and often view themselves as a vampire character that is sensual and provocative.

"We are everywhere," Belanger said. "Don't think it is restricted to an age group. My census found the majority of vampires to be between the ages of 25 and 35 but I have some documented as old as 81."

Belanger found ten percent of vampires to be Christians.

"In today's society we are finding that it is okay to be an outsider," Belanger said. "The more static our society becomes, the more we find ways to break out as individuals. We create new languages and cultures because the homogeny of life is too much to bear."

Belanger is an expert of vampires in literature and has participated in several documentaries about modern vampires.

"I want to break down stereotypes that society places on different groups of people," Belanger said.

"There seems to be an early fascination with these creatures," Belanger said. "Vampires are viewed as beautiful, immortal, seductive and dangerous. It is these traits that make people so fascinated by the idea of being or knowing a vampire."

A vampire obsession broke out in the late 1960's when vampires emerged on daytime television in soap operas and on widely popular sitcoms like 'The Munsters' and 'The Addam's Family.'

"Suddenly there was a cultural explosion," Belanger said. "You could see vampires on Sesame Street teaching your children numbers. They were everywhere."

Belanger attributes this sudden fascination to a changing culture in the western world where people embraced vampires as a metaphor for sex, and dominant and submissive relationships.

"Vampires represented things that society told us we weren't allowed to talk about," Belanger said. "Suddenly, it was okay to find these primal, unleashed beasts (as) sexual and dangerous because they were monsters and only monsters could acceptably explore these traits."


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 9:24 am 
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From above:

Psychic vampires make up 33 percent of the modern vampire population according to Belanger's census.

"As psychic vampires, we not only have psychic abilities but we also are people who crave and feed on vital energy," Belanger said. "Many of you may have encountered one. It is a person who touches you a lot when they talk and who after they leave, you find yourself mentally and physically exhausted."
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If you do find that when you are around certain people you are drained and they are draining your energy, next time protect yourself by standing with your arms crossed or simply dont stand directly opposite them, or even cross your legs, I heard this works :wink:


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or tell them to "bloody cheer yourself up you miserable git" .. this usually works too because they either react in a way where you end up having a fight (which raises energy) or they bugger off in a huff - both ways you win-win-win!!

But, in truth, the number of 'Psychic Vampires' in the world is huge - nigh on every person I come across drains energy of the people around them and its tough at times to just keep yourself going ...

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Well i love the vampire saga! Not women vampires but the male vampire in my dream.........lol :D


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Andrea!!! :wink:


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