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Turning, Awakening & Sympathetic Vampirism
Many vampires awaken on their own, generally sometime in their teens, possibly during or after they go through puberty. Some awaken earlier, or as far as they know, are "born like that". Every vampire is "born like that", but there is usually some point where one begins to manifest vampiric traits. Sometimes this doesn't happen until later on in life, in the person's twenties, thirties or even forties or later, depending on the circumstances of the person's life. Oftenly, this occurs on its own, but sometimes there are factors which contribute to its happening.
Perhaps the most frequently occuring thing to begin this process is the consuming of blood: either one's own or someone else's. This could be a deliberate act, or accidental, or incidental. It is often thought that one is "turned" into a vampire from drinking the blood of another vampire. There are several bogus theories floating around on the web about so-called "vampire viruses", and this has also been the subject of a good amount of popular vampire fiction. Usually, when someone feels they have been "turned", it is because they have consumed somebody's blood, and it is easy to understand how they could see it that way, especially considering the lack of any reliable information to contradict what they've "learned" from pop vampire fiction, the movies, etc.
In an email to the Vampire-Discussion group (#5464; Thu Feb 8, 2001 7:01 pm), Sanguinarius wrote:
Shadomere <email@example.com> replied (#5473; Fri Feb 9, 2001 9:57 am):
Though someone may exhibit vampiric traits after consuming blood, it is possible that the effects are temporary. This would be a case of sympathetic vampirism. Also, if somebody has been fed from rather heavily and/or frequently, -- and this could be by either a blood-feeding or a psi- / energy vampire, -- they may also begin to manifest vampiric symptoms and traits. This would be caused by an energy imbalance in the one manifesting the symptoms. Once the feedings stop, the person will eventually return to normal once their energy level begins to balance out. This is not a "true" case of vampirism, but only temporary. The effects of vampirism might also be felt by one who is empathic.
Lady Slinky reported on the Vampiric Community Message Board (Mon, 24 Mar, 2003 3:54 pm):
Of course, I have no doubt that some apparent awakenings may be attributed to MSD, or "Medical Student's Disease". This is where someone reads or is otherwise exposed to information about a condition, -- in this case, vampirism, -- and begins to see the traits and symptoms manifest in his or her own body. This may be just the person's own perception, or perhaps the traits and symptoms may actually begin to manifest, at least on a temporary basis; pychosomatic manifestation. -- I suppose that, in a way, this could be considered auto-induced sympathetic vampirism, lol.
Also, it should be noted that one who goes through this process of awakening -- whatever you may call it -- does not become any sort of inhuman or superhuman being, monster, or whatever. There is a train of thought that vampires are not human, or not quite human. We may be slightly different than other humans, but we are still human beings. There are some people who may not like to hear that because it means that they are not "special" or better than those they would like to view as nothing more than their food, or their "prey". This is dangerous thinking because those people feel that it gives them licence to prey on other "lesser" beings than themselves. That can lead to callous treatment of donors, feelings of being above "human" laws, and in extreme cases, careless or wanton violence. Unfortunately, these things bring a bad name upon us all. I know of more than one willing or potential donor who has been put off from donating because of attitudes like that, or from being abused or mistreated by one who carries such an attitude. Donors are our friends and allies, to be valued highly and treated well for their willingness to give of themselves -- not abused, looked down upon as cattle or some kind of walking blood bag.
Eerie America TV Series
Eerie America could very well be called The Fodors Travel Guidebook for The Addams Family. I read some in-depth information about the show and saw the promo, and from what I can tell, this will be an absolutely AWESOME series if they can get it off the ground. (I'm actually praying they will.) Let others know and see who can help. This is something that should happen! Let's pull together and make it so!
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