Archive for Tuesday, 17 January, 2012

Jan 18 2012 GYP-

Jutting out into the South China Sea, tropical Malaysia isn’t a country we here in the west hear much about. With a population of roughly twenty eight million people packed into a space slightly larger than New Mexico, it is a country of surprising Coastal plains, and jungle covered mountains. It is A mixture of natural beauty and a compact urban atmosphere.

If you are a vampire, it might seem the like a nearly perfect place to live, and it might just be that for the vampires that live in the area, if you can find any. You see even with a rich cultural diversity, “ Ethnic groups: Malay 53.3%, Chinese 26.0%, indigenous 11.8%, Indian 7.7%, others 1.2%.
Religions: Islam (60.4%), Buddhism (19.2%), Christianity (9.1%), Hinduism (6.3%), other/none (5.0%).”

There is a shockingly few amount of those who consider themselves Vampires, Otherkin or Therian. I found myself wondering why that might be, and with some luck I managed to find one of the rare individuals from that country that actually takes part in the on line vampire community.

So today we greet  Alixyveth Breyel from Malaysia.  Alix, will you tell us a little about yourself?

 

 

Alix: Well let’s see I am 22 years old and a record holder in Malaysia for endurance kickboxing, I am an alternative model and an abstract artist . I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education and I will be starting on a Psychology Degree this year. I aspire to be everything- Polymath. I was Born and raised in Malaysia. I come from a diverse family. I am part German American and part Ceylonese.

 
GYP: That must make things difficult. You have said before you are an Eros type vampire, I would think that is rather frowned upon in your country.

 

Alix: The vampire is viewed as something that does exist but as a damned spirit out of folk tales. The culture here does not generally believe in vampirism as we understand it. However, in the more rural areas we do have witch doctors and mediums that still practice folk magick. The people here do believe in the practice of magick and the paranormal.
Generally, at least in my generation and the generations before me, we were all told old wives tales, legends and about magick. If I were to practice magick it would be such an alien concept, however, to openly say that I am a human vampire would not go over very well. I don’t think they’d know how to comprehend it.

 

 

GYP: So In your culture it is the terminology that makes the difference? While people don’t believe in Human Vampires they might believe in say…energy transfere and magick?

 

Alix: In my culture the abilities are more accepted, yes the terminology does not fit as vampires are damned spirits. At least when I was being brought up believing in ghosts or the mystical aspects of life were not discouraged. It’s a lot better than them thinking I was mentally disturbed because I was and still am so damned intuitive. The people here do recognize the practice of magick and they believe in spirits and spirits are usually summoned and sent on their way to do their task. I have met mediums and metaphysics in Malaysia. As I have stated above, the magick that is practiced here is folk magick. While people here still visit mediums and witch doctors to the more orthodox population it is frowned upon. Due to there being a significant amount of orthodoxy in Malaysia most of these folk practices are viewed as ‘Black Magick’ because most of the time when people do go to see mediums its normally not to bring good on to others. I personally, do not believe in black or white magick. I believe magick is magick and its your responsibility to see how you use it.

 

 

GYP: So there aren’t any clubs or groups that you could join or be a part of?

 

Alix: There are no clubs or groups that are here. There aren’t any covens or houses either. I don’t think ive ever met another person in Malaysia who has professed to being a vampire. I do have plans to create my own movement the nature of it will most probably be some ‘radical’ form of artistic expression. I am also interested in sharing and gathering information from various people in Malaysia on their thoughts of the occult and spiritualism in general.

 
GYP: Do you think you would face a lot of issues if you did come out as a vampire?

 

Alix: If I was discreet about it I shouldn’t face any major issues.

 

GYP: It has to be hard to be who and what you are, and not have others you can talk too about it

 

Alix: Indeed it is difficult. There are other forms of oppression happening to me on a daily basis and I like to keep my night time activities to myself . I do not generally discuss vampirism with others even if I may have conversations with people on magick or the occult.

 
GYP: I would think that dealing with being in a Muslim country and a vampire has to be extremely stressful I have heard a lot about how Muslims feel when it comes to what they consider occult practices. Is there a lot of religious pressure?

 

Alix: There is a lot of religious pressure coming from the Muslims, especially. Islam in Malaysia is very close to being fanatical. For instance, there is no freedom of religion if an individual was born a Muslim they would not be able to convert to a different religion. Islam like all other orthodox religions find the practice of witchcraft or any form of occult practices to be heresy. Islam is the dominant religion in Malaysia and since the majority of the country’s ethnic population are Malay, you bet theres a hell of a lot of religious pressure. Sometimes their demands are just outrageous, a few years ago they tried to ban Yoga. Which I thought was hilarious.

 

GYP: I know it is hard there, and you have said before you would love to travel to other places and experience them, where would you go?

 

Alix: I suffer from severe wanderlust. I have been travelling for awhile now and as soon as I finish what I need to of my education. I do have plans to go back to America and visit some of my friends and family. I have always been fond of Europe and would like to go back there soon. Maybe try my hand at travel writing.

 

GYP: Well thank you for your time, and I look forward to speaking to you again very soon.

 

Alix: Thank you for talking to me, if not for the online vampire community this is a part of that I would have to keep totally hidden. I have made a lot of friends online, and though I have a hard time with some of the issues, I enjoy the people I meet. Its wonderful to muse and be mused.

 

Part three of this series is focused on the country of South Africa where a budding vampire community faces some the most difficult challenges one can face. “In the rural area’s they still hang people for being witches.”

 


They each have their stories about how they found their path. One is a lady from South Africa, another a lady from Norway. One of them is lives in a society where in order to have equal rights, she has to be registered as a Muslim, and still one more has been active in her local community for years, in the face of the public, but fairly un-noticed.

They are Sanguine Vampires, Psychic vampires, Eros and Otherkin, and they are our brethren, so to speak, from around the world. A world that is you are from an English speaking country you might not be aware of. A world that struggles in unique ways that we can sometimes relate too, but often have no way to fathom.

In this four part piece I want to explore with you the lives of four different people from our community. People you might know from your time on the blogs, or messages boards, but not realize what it is they really face in their day to day struggle just to be who they are.  

Heidica Northernlight’s profile picture is one of contemporary style and class. Perhaps exactly what you would hope to find when speaking to a 38 year old mother of three from a place called Oslo Norway. She has dark hair that hangs down to below her waist, piercings in her ears and face, but a devilish smile on her lips, and mirthful look to her green/brown eyes.

She, like a lot of us is working toward a future, not just in the community but in her daily life as well.

 I have worked with people mostly, children, old and sick. My education is similar to what you call a nurse, working with disabled, development challenged children, teaching high school students and patients with mentally disorders, that’s what I’m doing today. It includes medicine and health care. My goal is to work for Doctors without Borders. That way I can better use what I have been born with. I have worked with people in different ways, including my years in the punkrock/political activist community in Oslo, it’s the only Norwegian activist community with base in the only self ruled activity house, Blitz

 

 Still it is not often you seem someone in the Vampire Community who comes from a place like Norway. So I couldn’t resist the chance to talk to her a little about it.

HN:The little information about real vampires available to the Norwegian alternative community has been very poor. I am (as far as I’m aware of) the first one to speak about vampirism , and I have tried to be very careful of who I have told.”

 “I come from a family with many energy workers and psis, far back. Our family has some “Gypsy” genes, it’s not called gypsies but road people, travelling people with artistic and spiritual abilities. They do not have the best reputation, so I learned about discretion.


At the moment I am trying to find out more about my relatives, and hopefully more about why so many of them are born different. At least two of my children are born with abilities, and it’s important to me to find out how to assistant them in their own search when that time comes. But, there aren’t too many Vampires to find here, at least not many who know what they are. So it is hard to find advice.

I found the online vampire community thanks to Michelle Belanger, who did a Norwegian talk Show, and I am very grateful that she did as it helped me in my search for others. I had really hoped that her talk show would bring out others, but so far not many have come out that I can find. Michelle helped me put a name to what identified myself as. No one before that had called it being Vampiric before she appeared on that talk show, and I am very grateful she did.

To my knowledge there is not a single house, coven, or club for real vampires in Norway.

That has to be hard, is there much of a pagan community? I find that in the pagan community there are often vamps lingering but voiceless. Do you find this to be the case?

I have been looking for others for so long. The few pagans I find are very much afraid of real vampires, especially psis, they don’t see sanguine vampires as anything more than role players. It has been kind of frustrating, they either don’t believe in vamps or they fear you. It has to do with the fact very little information has been available. I am working on that, but I have to be very careful as I have children.

GYP: So you have no one outside of the OVC to talk too about your Vampirism?

HN: It has been many years before I found the OVC with no one else outside my family to talk to, and they don’t talk much about the dark side of it all. I am not giving up my search, I did find others recently, one even lives in the same neighborhood.

 GYP: How do you feel about the OVC itself? Is it a positive or negative experience?

HN: It has helped me connect with so many new friends who know what it’s like. The similarities still surprise me a lot, I thought I was alone with my need for others energy except for my own family..and I have felt ashamed of it too.
This community has helped me a lot, finding new friends and sharing the information available, I need to bring it on so that the other Norwegians who must be out there can benefit from it. And I do hope others might be willing to help me set up a Norwegian page for info and contact.

GYP: So you are trying to build something in your local area?

HN: I will continue searching for others to help me set up a Norwegian page with information for vampires. Octarine Valur ( of the South African Vampire Alliance) sent me a great deal of valuable advices and set up suggestions. I have no intentions of starting any house or etc, but if I can find more people to help I will work on a Norwegian information page. It is needed

 GYP: With such limited information where do you turn? I mentioned the Pagan community before, you said they were afraid of vampires, so what do you do?

HN:  I was thrown out of the Pagan community on line here, they were worried I would steal their energy. As for how I dealt with being thrown out of the pagan community…well..

I still participate, only now I don’t tell people what I am and I changed my name. There is still a lot of fear and misgivings about vampires in Norway.

I want to thank you Heidica, for your responses to these questions.

HN: I would like to thank Lucian Malferic, Damien Nightwalker, Amanda Hernandez, Robert Haazen, Rhea , Oculus ,RK Coon and Elzie Rose for their help and friendship.Without them welcoming me I would not have felt I belong in here .
Different vampires with different personalities, we dont agree on everything but I love them all 🙂

  In next piece we will be talking to a woman from Malaysia, a model, artist and surprisingly enough an aspiring school teacher. Who just happens to be an Eros Vampire, and registered Muslim.