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The purpose of Sanguinarius.org is multifold. For one, it exists in order to give support and guidance to those individuals who find themselves having to deal with the problems, instincts and desires, urges and needs that are characteristic of the condition commonly referred to as "vampirism." Another purpose of this site is to bring the "vampiric community" closer together.

It is an attempt to reach those certain individuals who may be looking for a specific type of assistance, support, etc.

Whether you believe that vampires exist or not, Sanguinarius.org is intended for vampires: meaning those who drink blood, psychic vampires / energy vampires (psi-vamps), and "Vampyre" lifestylers.

Sanguinarius: The Vampire Support Page is a site designed for those who are or may be blood-drinkers, psychic vampires / energy vampires, and "Vampyres" (vampyre lifestylers). It is here to give support and guidance to those who have no one else to turn to; to show people what "vampires" are and are not; and so that individuals who display vampiric tendencies can know that they are not alone. The founder, Sanguinarius, or "Sangi" for short, hopes to tear down all the false ideas about real-life vampires, -- i.e., real individuals who do have a craving for blood or psi-energy. She hopes to be a positive influence on those who make Sanguinarius.org one of their homes-on-the-web, and to keep their spirits up. The website is here, also, for those who are curious or interested in real-life vampires.

The website is not intended to encourage the practice of vampirism. It is here, however, to provide aid, information and support for those who are vampires, meaning those who practice vampirism and those who feel the ongoing need to consume blood or life-energy. It is not Sangi's aim to "diagnose" people as, or to convince them that they are, vampires. For one thing, she has to rely on the subjective information that they supply her over the web. For another, there is no definitive set of criteria which determines if one is a vampire or not (and this is mainly due to a great variety of people desperately wanting to claim the term "vampire" for themselves). Also, it should be noted that the condition of vampirism is not medically recognized, though it is very real to many who experience it. Through observation of her own condition, and the conditions of many others with whom she has communicated, Sangi has been able to see various similarities and common denominators which all real vampires share in varying degrees. Within the website, Sangi has attempted to enumerate these conditions, traits, symptoms, indicators, -- whatever one wants to call them. It should be known that this information is not necessarily the definitive criteria for being a vampire; it merely reflects the common experiences and conditions of a number of people who fit in the same boat. It is also subject to revision if new or more accurate information comes to light.

The information on the website should not be used as a substitute for any medical advice; if one experiences any sort of physical symptom or discomfort (whether or not one is or thinks he or she may be a vampire), one should seek the advice of a medical professional. In all likelihood, the condition is entirely treatable (even if he or she is a vampire). Sangi realizes that there are many who are reluctant to see a doctor, because of a fear of being thought of as crazy or even of being locked up. She wishes others to know this: In seeking medical advice, it is not necessary to mention the "v-word". Merely describe your condition or discomfort. The medical professionals are there to help -- it is their job; they are on your side.

If someone has no driving need to consume blood, and his or her health or well-being does not suffer if he or she does not, then Sangi strongly urges him or her to refrain from consuming blood! In these times, blood drinking, -- whether from a human or an animal, -- is a very risky thing to do. It is not something "cool" to impress one's friends with, nor is it something one should do to freak people out. There are risks and dangers to both the consumer and the donor that one needs to be aware of. For one, a vampire could catch AIDS, hepatitis, or any number of other blood-borne diseases. One needs to ask one's self, is freaking out your friends worth a slow and lingering death? Sangi does not encourage the drinking or consuming of blood, but does supply information on how to do so with a minimum of risk, both to one's self and one's source or donor, for those who are going to do so. She cannot stop someone from doing so, but she can give them the means to do it safely, sanely and responsibly. She also supplies alternatives to drinking blood.

While these pages are freely accessible on the web, they are to be considered for mature viewers. There are software companies that provide Internet site-blocking software which can block this site, and sites like it, if parents do not wish their children to view such sites. Such software is not intended as a substitute for parental responsibility -- but only an aid to such responsibility. Sanguinarius does not and cannot control the actions of those who view the website. She will not be held responsible for foolish, immature, insane or downright stupid actions or activities of other people. She has made every attempt to provide information in a responsible manner, to be used in a responsible manner.

Sanguinarius.org is not a cult. It is not Sangi's intent to control people or subvert their thinking. For the goals and agendas of Sanguinarius.org, please view the Statements of Purpose (http://www.sanguinarius.org/purpose.shtml). Vampirism itself is not a religion, or a spiritual pathway, or even a philosophy, but a physical condition, regardless of what some groups may believe, or try to get others to believe. The "vampiric community" is not a cult, either. It is an umbrella term for the loose conglomeration of individuals from all walks of life, who either are vampires, live or have adopted a vampiric/Vampyric lifestyle, or who identify themselves as vampires in some way. Sangi encourages individuals to think freely and for themselves, to explore alternative and conflicting viewpoints, to question information (including that which is on her website), and to speak their minds freely and without reservation if they so desire.

While individuals in the vampiric community may be involved in a vampiric cult or a cultlike organization, merely belonging to a "House" or a "Coven" does not constitute being in a cult. Also bear in mind that just because a group has a different outlook, practices, viewpoints or even religion than yours, does not make it a cult. Groups must be considered and evaluated on an individual basis in order to determine their qualities. Many groups are merely social organizations on par with a Star Trek fan club, or perhaps a local social group such as a moose lodge, or a fraternity/sorority, which provide contact, camaraderie and socialization amongst like-minded individuals. Granted, some groups may have a religious or spiritual overtone or foundation, but that does not necessarily make them harmful or even cultlike. Sangi does not have much experience in dealing with cults or their members, but she does have a cult evaluation form available on the website at http://www.sanguinarius.org/ABCDEF.shtml . Further information is freely available by doing a web search for "cults".

Sangi also recognizes that there are groups and individuals out there (and you may be one of them) who are critical or skeptical of anyone's claims of being a vampire, and/or who wish to point out the ridiculousness of the vampires' claims, or even quiet them. This is understandable, since the traditional and popular views of vampires are of undead, evil monsters with supernatural powers running around, biting people on their necks and turning them into vampires, etc., etc. Real vampires are not and do not claim to be such things, and many seek to educate those (vampires and non-vampires alike) who are ignorant of this. It is up to the individual whether he or she wishes to believe the vampires' claims and assertations, but they are still here. They may not be supernatural, inhuman, etc., but they do practice vampirism.

And it is the goal of Sanguinarius.org to get those who do so, to do it safely, sanely, and responsibly.

There have been a few disgruntled critics who cannot find any fault with Sangi, her efforts, or her website, and so commence to claiming that she is trying to make money off of "these poor, lost souls" because she displays banner advertising on her website, runs a vampire fangs affiliate store (http://www.vampfangs.com/?Click=24264), or has a PayPal request for donations. She has nothing civil to say to these idiotic, anti-capitalistic malcontents. She makes no apologies for trying to make ends meet. She provides, at no obligation whatsoever to those who make use of her services, extensive information and resources. All of this is done out of her own pocket. She is on a fixed and very limited income. She has very little left over each month after basic home expenses such as rent, food, phone, etc., and she goes to great personal expense to ensure that Sanguinarius.org stays operational. Frankly, she feels that she is entitled to what little she does make. She doesn't know why some people try to frame her in a bad light because she tries to recoup expenses in whatever way she can; it costs them nothing. They act as though she has misappropriated some donation they gave in good faith. It should be noted that the people who have complained about thess things have themselves contributed very little, -- if anything at all, -- to the vampiric community. "Those who row the boat generally don't have time to rock it."

And so what if she were turning a profit? Is that bad or something? She sure hopes that someday she can be operating in the black! And if she does, then that means she will be able to bring even more resources and benefit to the vampiric community.

Sanguinarius.org does not even survive on supplemental donations. Sangi maintains no staff, paid or unpaid. She does receive volunteer help with such things as moderating the message boards and IRC channel, occasionally updating pages on her website, creating site-related graphics and the like, and for these things, the only payment they get in return is sincere thanks and appreciation.

Sangi does solicit, request, and receive submissions of articles, information and anecdotes to add to her website. A significant amount of the information contained on her site is not her own. She gives proper and desired credit where it is due. Occasionally, disgruntled critics complain that she has produced an entire website full of nothing but other people's stuff and efforts, and then she takes all the credit. She has nothing civil to say to these people. Sanguinarius.org is intended to be a repository of shared knowledge. Each person separately may have a brick, but a brick is not a building; put together many separate bricks from many separate people, and you have a useful structure which benefits all the people who come to use it. Yes, Sanguinarius.org would not be half as good, or even a twentieth as good, as it is without the efforts and contributions of all the other people. It is not at all the case, as the complainers claim, that she lets other people do all the work so that she can use their material and "have a great site and get lots of visitors".

And as for those who can find nothing else to complain about but the fact that "Sanguinarius.org is listed everywhere they turn", -- Sangi should certainly hope so! She has worked hard to bring real vampires good information and resources, and to get the site known so that many can benefit from what she offers. She is damned proud of her website, and all the effort and everything else that she (as well as others) has put into it to make it good, useful and known. If you think it sucks then you don't have to come and look at it, but you'll have your work cut out for you trying to convince a great many people that it's a worthless, crappy page.

Sangi is an elder in the community, but she is not "The" Elder. She is considered a leader by those who respect her, and spat on by those who do not. She does not wish to be put upon a pedestal and lauded with adoration, or followed unquestioningly. She does the best she can, but she is fallible. She accepts under protest the fact that she is considered a leader. She would prefer to be called, maybe more accurately, "a leading figure" in the community. She has been active for a long time, was one of the early online community-organizers and resource-suppliers, has put considerable effort into the community, and is in a position to share her knowledge and experience with others less knowledgeable; and for these things, she gets saddled with being "leader". She is not perfect, but she does her best. ###

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