Vampire Community Reformation Questionnaire – The Responses

HieronymusBosch-TheLastJudgment1486Vampire Community Reformation Questionnaire
November 14, 2013 – November 24, 2013

Web/Text & PDF Versions Of The Responses:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/reformationsurvey.html

The purpose of this questionnaire is to objectively evaluate the current state of the Vampire Community through the process of a candid disclosure of perceived problems and to examine the individual needs of self-identified real vampi(y)res and how to best address them.

The Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) would like to thank the 169 respondents to this questionnaire and encourage constructive discussions based on the opinions and ideas offered for review. Responses were collected by Merticus of the VVC on November 24, 2013 and made publicly available to the vampire community on November 25, 2013. The responses to this questionnaire were solicited from dozens of ‘real vampire’ related websites, groups, forums, mailing lists, and social media outlets and do not necessarily represent the views of the VVC or its members. The VVC assumes no responsibility over the use, interpretation, or accuracy of responses and claims made by those who chose to participate. This document may be reproduced and transmitted for non-commercial use without permission provided there are no modifications.

Vampire Community Reformation Questionnaire
Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC); Copyright 2013

Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) – Discussions For 2013 On The VC/OVC

LivreDesPassagesd'OutreMer1490Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC)
Public Meeting – November 20, 2013

Transcript PDF:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting11.20.13.pdf

Attendees:

Abyah – Russian Vampire Community
Acrophobic Pixie – Black Swan Haven (BSH)
Belfazaar – House Of Mystic Echoes & New Orleans Vampire Association (NOVA)
DarkFess – Russian Vampire Community
Gabriel – House Lost Haven
Horus Sat – Italian League Of Real Vampires (ALIRV)
Imon – Les Vampires & Dark Nations Administrator
Heidica Northernlight – Norwegian Vampire Community
Isealdor – House Etherium & New Orleans Vampire Association (NOVA)
Merticus – Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA) & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC
Octarine Valur – House Valur & South African Vampyre Alliance (SAVA)
Reija – Independent Representative
Jeanette – Nexus Noctis German Vampire Community
Scarlet Ravenwing – Blue Ridge Vampyre & Otherkin Alliance
Spurn – Danish Vampire Community
Vyrdolak – By Light Unseen

Discussion Agenda:

a. Examining The Prevailing Dogma Of The Vampire Community – A Three-Part Question: Has the vampire community become too rigidly dogmatic for dialogue? Various groups believe they each know ‘the truth’ or ‘what real vampires are all about’ and react to conflicting views with ridicule, sneering, dismissing contrary views, or instantly claiming that they are being criticized or even victimized.  If yes, why do you believe as a community we have become increasingly intolerant of diverse points of view?  Is it possible to allow for less rigid dogma and discussions while remaining respectful of each other’s beliefs or opinions?

b. Realistic Expectations Of Attempting To Protect The Vulnerable – A Four-Part Question: For many years we have debated whether, and how, to protect new or vulnerable participants of the vampire community from leaders or groups that are perceived (by some) to be unethical, abusive, or disseminating misinformation. Thus far, we have been unable to collectively agree on which leaders or groups are ‘bad’ and what to do about them.  Are we realistically able to protect others from their own naiveté, wishful thinking, or ardent stupidity?  When does trying to ‘police’ such a diverse and unfocused grouping of participants as the vampire community simply create more divisions and negativity?  Is there a more productive use of our time?  If so, what is it and how should we best arrive there?

c. Searching For Answers & Aging Out Of The Vampire Community – A Three-Part Question: Have you noticed a steady decline in individuals searching for guidance about real vampirism since the mid 2000s?  In essence, have organized vampire groups become the gatekeepers of the existing quality information on vampirism rather than pathfinders of new ideas and explorations into real vampirism?  Does anyone ever permanently ‘age out’ of the vampire community or do they merely step into the shadows while tending to personal matters or pursue their personal vampirism in private?

d. Our Evolving Relationship With The Media – A Four-Part Question: What, if any, changes have you noticed by those who are in the public eye as related to what the media is seeking from vampires they interview?  Has television media altered their desire for a particular style of dress, behavior, or backdrop when filming?  Is the media across various mediums beginning to allow review and revision of the footage or articles prior to airing or publication?  How has this changed, or not, in the past several years compared with a decade or more ago?

e. Critically Evaluating How We Appear To The Outside World: A Three-Part Question: Do you believe the vampire community is serious enough about how it appears to the outside world?  Many participants in the vampire community complain about documentaries, interviews and other depictions of real vampires that highlight the melodramatic and colorful participants of our community. However, many of these same individuals embellish their social media profile pages with lurid art, photos of themselves with fangs and bloody mouths, black capes and heavy make-up, and with other macabre or grim materials.  Is it possible for us to be horror-centric, embracing of the fantastical, or Goth theatrical ‘for fun or lifestyle’ and expect the media or the general public to be able to differentiate, understand, or ultimately accept us as harmless?  Is such a notion realistic, or even fair?

Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC) Public Meeting Transcripts:

April 27, 2008http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting04.27.08.pdf
August 9, 2008http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting08.09.08.pdf
December 6, 2008http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting12.06.08.pdf
April 25, 2009http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting04.25.09.pdf
August 30, 2009http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting08.30.09.pdf
December 20, 2009http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting12.20.09.pdf
June 16, 2010http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting06.16.10.pdf
March 22, 2011http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting03.22.11.pdf
March 25, 2012http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting03.25.12.pdf
September 23, 2012http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting09.23.12.pdf
November 20, 2013http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/images/VVCPublicMeeting11.20.13.pdf

July 2013 In Review

ShahNama-Dhanraj-IndianManuscriptVampire Community News (VCN) – July 2013 In Review

Vampirism: Psychic, Emotional, Financial, & Sexual Vampires – KAPOW Radio Show
July 1, 2013
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kapowradioshow/2013/07/01/kapow-radio-show-your-hosts-paul-and-linda

‘Vampire’ Murder Hunt Ends In Perth Factory
July 3, 2013
http://m.theage.com.au/victoria/vampire-murder-hunt-ends-in-perth-factory-20130703-2pbgo.html

Man With ‘Hannibal Lecter’ Tendencies Sent To Prison For Beating Baby
July 3, 2013
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-allentown-baby-beater-sentence-20130703,0,2186867.story

Asylum Entertainment Seeking To Cast Vampires & Otherkin For Docu-Series
July 5, 2013
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/07/05/asylum-entertainment-seeking-to-cast-vampires-otherkin-for-docu-series/

Vampire Couple Drink Each Other’s Blood – Barcroft TV
July 11, 2013
http://merticusx.tumblr.com/post/55205444604/vampire-couple-drink-each-others-blood-barcroft
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FehWmULnq2Q

Assault Suspect On Bad Drug Trip Drank Blood
July 11, 2013
http://mankatofreepress.com/local/x243090801/Assault-suspect-on-bad-drug-trip-drank-blood

Vampyre – Superstition, Society & Subculture – Real Vampire Life
July 12, 2013
http://realvampirenews.com/vampyre-superstition-society-and-subculture/

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – July 12, 2013 Update
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/07/13/global-v-d-t-o-r-s-community-directory-july-12-2013-update/
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectorydatabase.html

‘Vampire’ Lovers To Marry – Daily Star
July 12, 2013
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/325885/Vampire-lovers-to-marry
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/13/lia-benninghoff-aro-draven_n_3588123.html

Psionics Online – “Introduction To Telekinesis” Class – Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 7:00 PM (PT)
July 13, 2013
http://www.psionicsonline.net/psychic-chat

Artistic Documentary Project Seeking Therians & Otherkin
July 16, 2013
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2013/07/16/artistic-documentary-project-seeking-therians-otherkin/

The Myth Of Turning – Octarine Valur
July 19, 2013
http://savampyrenews.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/the-myth-of-turning-by-val/

Psi Hunger – Psion Valur De Nocte
July 24, 2013
http://savampyrenews.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/psi-hunger-by-psion/

Kisii (Kenya) Man Slaughters Son & Drinks His Blood – NTV Kenya
July 27, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s3PHYXztlQ

Vampyre Mage – Lucien Von Wolfe
July 28, 2013
http://lvonwolfe.com/vampyre-mage/

Teen’s Bloody Rampage – Chewing Mum’s Flesh – Daily Sun – South Africa
July 29, 2013
http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71627?oid=394685&sn=Detail&pid=71616

United Kingdom ‘Porn’ Filter To Ban/Censor “Esoteric Material/Websites”
July 29, 2013
http://wildhunt.org/2013/07/will-uk-internet-companies-start-filtering-esoteric-content.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/uk-internet-filter-block-more-than-porn_n_3670771.html
http://www.ultraculture.org/uk-to-censor-esoteric-websites/
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-07/27/pornwall

Real-Life Barbie Valeria Lukyanova Says She Is Spiritual Guru + “Vampire” In New Documentary
July 30, 2013
http://guardianlv.com/2013/07/real-life-barbie-valeria-lukyanova-says-she-is-spiritual-guru-in-new-documentary/

New Cities Announced For October & September – Teeth By Dnash (Fangsmith)
2013 World Fang Tour
http://www.bandsintown.com/TeethByDnash

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – July 12, 2013 Update

GlobalMapMailingListGLOBAL NOTICE TO ALL VISITORS:

If you are reading this post and identify as either a Real Vampi(y)re, Donor, Therian, or Otherkin you are strongly encouraged you join the Global VDTORS Community Directory by completing the Sign-Up Form located at the following link.

Sign-Up Form: http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html
Maps & Database: http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectorydatabase.html


The Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory is now 100% updated through July 12, 2013.  More than 1,302 Vampires, Donors, Therians, & Otherkin + Researchers & Supporters have joined from nearly 60 countries!  The next major update will occur in mid-August or early September 2013.  We have fully implemented the Unique Identifier (UID) and Regional Contact System which will provide secure contact options for those who desire such while limiting outward-facing identification risk.  If you’re a VDTORS participant please check your e-mail for the link to the private UID submission portal or contact us at VVCNotification@gmail.com.  The main directory map is best viewed in full screen mode and refer to the symbol legend for more information.  We’ve also streamlined the database chart into PDF format for faster page loading and mobile accessibility for this latest July 2013 update.

One of the benefits of this directory is that it can be ported to virtually any geovisualization platform and once we cross the threshold of approximately 1,750 or so participants we can begin more advanced geovisual analytics and modeling.  We will soon be able to extrapolate average age differences between communities and different areas of the World, highlight regions of greater concentration of sanguinarian versus psychic feeding vampires, overlay existing census data of large population centers onto our own ‘hot-spots’ of activity for comparison, examine geographic pockets of therian and otherkin concentration as compared to Howls, Packs, and established groups, and countess other statistical points of interest.  It should go without saying; but if you know any Vampi(y)res, Donors, Therians, and Otherkin who have yet to sign up for the Directory please point them to the Sign Up Form — for example once we receive approx. 35-50 additional therians/otherkin (exclusive) we’ll be providing split maps exclusively for these groups.  As the Directory grows so shall the amount features we’ll be adding.

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – Geographical Maps & Database:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectorydatabase.html

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – Sign Up Form:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html

GLOBAL V.D.T.O.R.S. COMMUNITY DIRECTORY MAP
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/Directory/GlobalDirectoryMap.html
[Click Link Above For Full Size Map – Legends Are Moveable & Collapsible]


General Statistics – July 2013:

GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION:

48/50 U.S. States + District of Columbia & Puerto Rico
59 Countries

68.6% – U.S. (893)
31.4% – Non-U.S. (409)

Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, & Venezuela

IDENTITY TYPE DISTRIBUTION:

Vampi(y)res:  1,010
Donors:  256
Therians/Therianthropes*:  176
Otherkin*:  283
Researchers/Supporters (Exclusive):  49

* Includes all self-identified (T/O/VT/VO/VTO) Therians, Otherkin, Vampire/Therian, Vampire/Otherkin, & Vampire/Therian/Otherkin combinations.

GENDER DISTRIBUTION:

38.7% – Male (504)
57.2% – Female (745)
4.1% – Transgender/Other (53)

AGE DISTRIBUTION:

1982.63 – 31 Years Of Age

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – Looking To The Future

GlobalVDTORSCommunityDirectoryAltLogoGLOBAL NOTICE TO ALL VISITORS:

If you are reading this post and identify as either a Real Vampi(y)re, Donor, Therian, or Otherkin you are strongly encouraged you join the Global VDTORS Community Directory by completing the Sign-Up Form located at the following link.

Sign-Up Form: http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html
Maps & Database: http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectorydatabase.html


The Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory is now 100% updated and operational as of June 1, 2013.  More than 1,144 Vampires, Donors, Therians, & Otherkin + Researchers & Supporters have joined from nearly 60 countries!  The next major update will occur July 1, 2013.  We have now implemented the Unique Identifier (UID) and Regional Contact System which will provide secure contact options for those who desire such while limiting outward-facing identification risk.  One of the benefits of this directory is that it can be ported to virtually any geovisualization platform and once we cross the threshold of approximately 1,750 or so participants we can begin more advanced geovisual analytics and modeling.

We will soon be able to extrapolate more precise age differences between communities and different areas of the World, highlight regions of greater concentration of sanguinarian versus psychic feeding vampires, overlay existing census data of large population centers onto our own ‘hot-spots’ of activity for comparison, examine geographic pockets of therian and otherkin concentration as compared to Howls, Packs, and established groups, and countess other statistical points of interest.

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – Sign Up Form:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html

STATISTICS AT A GLANCE:

59 Countries/Territories Represented

67.5% – U.S. (772)
32.5% – Non-U.S. (372)

Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, & Venezuela

IDENTITY TYPE DISTRIBUTION:

905 – Vampi(y)res
224 – Donors
146 – Therians/Therianthropes*
245 – Otherkin*
42 – Researchers/Supporters (Exclusive)

* Includes all self-identified (T/O/VT/VO/VTO) Therians, Otherkin, Vampire/Therian, Vampire/Otherkin, & Vampire/Therian/Otherkin combinations.

Self-Identified Vampi(y)res Breakdown:

36.46% – Psychic (Psi/Pranic) Vampires (330)
40.99% – Sanguinarian (Blood) Vampires (371)
45.86% – Hybrid (Psi/Sang) Vampires (415)
35.91% – Sexual/Tantric Vampire (325)
23.87% – Living (Spiritual/Magick) Vampi(y)res (216)

Self-Identified Donor Breakdown:

63.39% – Psychic/Pranic Donor (142)
80.80% – Sanguinarian Donor (181)
49.55% – Sexual/Tantric Donor (111)

Self-Identified Therian & Otherkin Breakdown:

Amur Tiger, Angelkin (4), Anthropomorphic Wolf, Artic Wolf, Black Jaguar, Canis Lupus (Cladotherian), Cat (3), Celestial Polykin, Clouded Leopard (2), Common Raven, Coyote (2), Deinonychus (Raptor), Demon (14), Dire Wolf, Dog, Dragon (7), Eastern Coyote, Elf (2), Elohim Seraphim, European Wildcat (Felis Silvestris), Extra Terrestrial, Fae (10), Feline Therian (2), Fictionkin, Fox, Gray Wolf (2), Hybrid Mutt, Jaguar, Jinn, Leopard, Lizard, Lop Eared Bunny, Lycan, Mixed Kin, Multiple System (2), Panther, Part Iron-Wood Jotun Giant, Peregrine Falcon, Phoenix (4), Polymorph (2), Polyshifter, Polywere, Raccoon, Red-Tailed Hawk (2), Rough-Legged Hawk, Scrat (Hermaphrodite Goat), Shapeshifter/Changeling (2), Siberian Tiger, Sidhe, Snow Leopard (4), Succubus, Tiger, Tundra Wolf, Vulpinthrope, Were-Tarantula, Werewolf (6), Winged Human, Wolf (16), & Not Specified (##)

GENDER DISTRIBUTION:

38.6% – Male (442)
57.3% – Female (655)
4.1% – Transgender/Other (47)

U.S. Breakdown:

36.4% – Male (281)
58.2% – Female (449)
5.4% – Transgender/Other (42)

Non-U.S. Breakdown:

43.3% – Male (161)
55.4% – Female (206)
1.3% – Transgender/Other (5)

AGE DISTRIBUTION:

1982.33 – 31 Years Of Age – Overall Respondents (VDTO)

1981.88 – Vampi(y)res (Exclusive)
1982.12 – Vampi(y)res (Inclusive of D/T/O)
1981.36 – Donors (Exclusive)
1981.77 – Donors (Inclusive of V/T/O)
1986.08 – Therians/Therianthropes (Exclusive)
1985.00 – Therians/Therianthropes (Inclusive of V/D/O)
1983.51 – Otherkin (Exclusive)
1983.43 – Otherkin (Inclusive of V/D/T)

* The year listed above is the averaged year of birth for the respective respondent identity group.

If you know any Vampi(y)res, Donors, Therians, and Otherkin who have yet to sign up for the Directory please point them to the Sign Up Form – we rely on you to distribute this information to the various forums, groups, websites, and closed communities who may not be aware this project exists. If you have already signed up at a prior date please do *NOT* do so again as this significantly slows our processing time.  Once we receive approximately 50-75 additional therians/otherkin (exclusive) we’ll be providing split maps exclusively for these groups.  As the Directory grows so shall the amount features we’ll be adding.

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – Sign Up Form:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectory.html

The following information is important to understand so that you can accurately read the maps and legend provided at the Geographical Maps & Database link below. It’s necessary that you look at the legend on the right-hand side of the map (the one that lists all the cities and other data) combined with the large chart at the bottom of the web page. Multiple individuals within the same city (latitude/longitude) will show on the map as the same point but as larger points on the frequency map. We’re searching for time-effective methods for altering this in the future that don’t involve changing latitudes/longitudes for everyone manually. Spending a few minutes playing around with the maps, legend, and chart will answer most of the questions you may have and be sure to click points on the legend for a pop-up window of each participant showing feeding method, identity type, and theriotype/kintype as applicable.  If you’re unsure of your own personal Unique Identifier (UID) number or have any other questions please let us know via e-mail at VVCNotification@gmail.com

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – Geographical Maps & Database:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/projects/globaldirectorydatabase.html

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory Map – Quick Reference:
http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/Directory/GlobalDirectoryMap.html

Global V.D.T.O.R.S. Community Directory – UID & Regional Contact System:

 ~ If You Registered For The Directory Prior To June 1, 2013 Check E-Mail For Link ~

– Merticus

Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC)
Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC
Vampire Community News (VCN)
Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA]
Atlanta Vampire Meetup Group

Taboo – National Geographic – Real Vampires w/Belfazaar Ashantison

NationalGeographicTaboo-VampireAbeLincolnTaboo USA – National Geographic Channel
Secret Passions EpisodeJune 4, 2013 @ 10 PM ET

Full Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePItlhv4S4c

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/taboo/galleries/secret-passions/at/fangy-smile-1168125/#belfazaar-ashantison-1168124

Featuring real vampire (sanguinarian; blood-drinking) and author of the Donor Bill of Rights – Belfazaar Ashantison from New Orleans, LA.

New Orleans Vampire Association (NOVA)
http://www.neworleansvampireassociation.org/

House Of Mystic Echoes
http://www.houseofmysticechoes.com/About-Belfazaar.html