A Vampire in a Muslim City ( Pt two of Vampires of the World)

Posted: Tuesday, 17 January, 2012 by deacongray in Articles of Interest, Community Articles, Uncategorized
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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.”

 


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Comments
  1. Mikyla Abigor says:

    Great interview, Deacon. So, is she not Malaysian by birth?

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