Sometime ago I wrote about the possibility and evidence of “real” vampires. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending upon your perspective the possibility of vampires appeared to be solely faith based. However, there is another type of vampire I did not take time to discuss.
That is the vampire that feeds off of energy, a much more common and very “real” vampire. An energy vampire is any person or thing that feeds on the life energy, chi, ki, prana of another being. There are even entire communities that support and encourage the act of energy vampirism. Even Oprah’s Site has an article on energy vampires. Consensus seems to be that energy vampirism is a very real thing.
Is vampirism real though? The definition of energy vampirism is any one who “drains” you of your energy, or makes you sad, depressed, run down.
In the developed Western world Zombies are viewed as a thing of fantasy. They are a great subject and theme for both movies and video games. Perhaps the most famous instance of Zombies would be the movie Night of the Living Dead. Reanimated flesh, with no other purpose than to kill. This is the Hollywood perception of Zombies.
However for people that live in Haiti, zombies are a very real and very prominent threat. The word zombie is derived from the West African kongo word zumbi meaning fetish or nzambi which means “God”. In Haiti, corpses must be buried within hours of death. This is because the harsh climatic conditions in the Caribbean accelerate the decomposition process. This environment works perfectly for a voodoo priest or “bokor” looking to make a zombie slave. The method of creation of a zombie was learned by Dr. Wade Davis, who writes extensively about it in his books The SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW and Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie .