And Now Ex-Vampires?

When we Vampyres in South Africa considered “coming out” to the Pagan community earlier this year, we bore in mind all the warnings about doing so. We already knew that there would be a mixed reaction from Pagans. We anticipated skeptics – which we view as a rather healthy outcome, because it is skeptics who keep us safe. Face it, people who don’t believe in vampires, and who don’t believe in real Vampyres are our best protection from persecution. They are the folks who say “don’t be silly – they’re just having you on”, or “they’re talking nonsense”, or even “they’re delusional”. It is this sort of disbelief – people “humoring” us, while sometimes annoying – which keeps us safe.

It is the others – those who DO believe us – who can pose a far greater threat to our lives – if they happen to be hostile to the concept of vampirism.

We know that Pagans are vastly tolerant of diversity – a fact borne out by the events which followed our revelation to the Pagan Community of South Africa, and indeed it has been among Pagans that we find many fellow Kin and our non-Vampyre friends. Mostly I would say we move among Pagans discreetly, but there are cases where we interact openly, and with full acceptance and friendship.

It has been extremely reassuring to us that this has been the case in the majority of our open interactions with broader Pagan societies so far.

However, there is the other sort of Pagan – the sort about which we were warned – the sort of person who will judge harshly and attack those who self-identify as vampiric, or who they perceive to be vampiric – whether openly, or covertly. Whether it is by means of hostile workings, or by stirring up their surrounding communities against us, they work to make us feel decidedly unwelcome, and to isolate or even to destroy us.

Many who hold to the Rede for example, will view Vampyres as being in violation of that same Rede – that of “harming none” – and will treat vampirics with contempt and enmity.

This is their own opinion of course, which is most often the result of ignorance – being uninformed. They don’t know that sanguinarians will feed off animal blood obtained from butcher shops, or from consensual donors. They don’t know that PSI’s can feed from all kinds of energy sources, and not just human. They don’t know, because they just don’t ask.

They conveniently forget the promises of friendship and acceptance made to Vampyres among them, they overlook the detail that everything has its place in nature – even us – for whatever purpose that may be – and before long we are demonized as monsters, and those who commit vampiric rape – feeding without consent.

We are labeled “leeches” and “energy-thieves”. And though these people welcome us, extending hands in friendship and acceptance – their offer is at best insincere. They welcome us in, yes – so long as we heed their teachings and accept their control over our lives. They forbid us from feeding, try to convince us we are deluding ourselves, that we don’t really need the blood, that energy-work will somehow suffice. That though we suffer for it, it is the RIGHT thing to do – and that when the hunger bites into us, it is because we are not trying hard enough. In short, they make us welcome – just as long as we stop being Vampyres.  I am tempted to point to the Christian more of “love the sinner, hate the sin” – an impractical notion that implies a person can be separated from the nature that makes them who and what they are as a whole entity.

It sounds a lot like “ex-gay” doctrine to me… replace “Vampyre” with “gay”, and you will see what I mean. Is this some kind of emerging “ex-Vampyre” program? What is this? Vampyrism as a life-style choice? What’s next? Pray away the Vampyre?

For me this sounds far too much like rabid Christian extremists – than Pagans – working to stigmatize and ostracize a minority they don’t understand or care to. Although this sort of incident is by far a rarity, I certainly hope that this will not continue.

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About Octarine Valur

Octarine Valur - Founder: House Valur, South African Vampyre Community, South African Vampi(y)re Alliance (SAVA), SA Vampyre news (SAVN). View all posts by Octarine Valur

5 responses to “And Now Ex-Vampires?

  • scribe62Tim

    Good evening,
    If I may pick out the following line:
    “This is their own opinion of course, which is most often the result of ignorance – being uninformed.”

    People fear that which they don’t understand and it is far more within their scope of thinking to eliminate the fear by changing it into something else than confronting it and trying to understand it.

    The early churches did exactly the same thing to native and indigenous peoples all over the world, the policy of “Conquer or Convert” was, at several points in history, the focus of the organised religions.

    This smacks, very much, of those times and policies and unfortunately the majority of the groups/organisations that attempt this are large, have many members and excercise some influence in their region. I don’t believe that we have come far enough from those “bad old times” to be comfortable or complacent.

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  • Tyler

    I am getting a feeling of, “History always repeats itself”. In all honesty i think people want to believe, especially pagans but are inhibited BY this. They probably think to themselves, “this is real,” but in reality they turn to rationalism and the fact that, “its not possible”. It’s a self damnation process common in everyone. Perhaps it could be compared to someone who is “awakening”. they doubt their own logic and evidence for what society tells them to think. I am not saying however this is a choice of theirs, it’s a subconscious, human reaction that is mostly unavoidable.

  • UPIOR

    Evening. I always assumed there was something wrong with me for believing. But fact of life is what ones was will still be. It’s almost rediculous to think people make these things up and call it myth no myth really stays JUST MYTH you see! I would like to know more!

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