Vampires in History: China

My favorite modern vampire, “Viktor,” from the Underworld franchise.

Vampires are in no way new to the Western world, they’ve existed in the Eastern world perhaps even longer. Tsze-Chan, author of Tsachiven (600 B.C.) discussed vampirism. In his work, a demon takes over the corpse if moonlight happens to fall upon an unburied body. The evil being inhabits the corpse, reanimates them and keeps them from decay.

They prey upon the living, but do not infect them. The evil being seeks blood and grows stronger as it’s thirst continues.

Their vampires do not fly, but they do have a separate aerial vampire called the Tengu.

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