Seraphyna Wrote:Fangs and wanting to drink blood doth not a vampire make is my point. If you don't require that blood to sustain your physical health, you're technically not a vampire. Call yourself one if you want, but you'll be using the term incorrectly and any "true vampires" you meet will almost certainly not be so kind with their wording.
I agree that "fangs and wanting to drink blood" don't make a vampire (either "energy-feeding"/sang vampires or vampire'kin). Although I could see how having a craving to drink blood and feeling phantom fangs could potentially relate to the experiences of someone who believes they are vampire'kin (like myself, although technically I don't get blood-cravings), and possibly even some cases of 'energy/sang vampires', but I've also seen plenty of therians and some other 'kintypes state that they experience blood-cravings and/or phantom fangs (whether on the top and/or bottom of their mouths). You, Kapaki, have mentioned that you also experience having phantom cat ears and tail (and I guess identify as a cat therian?)--maybe the blood-cravings, and particularly the phantom fangs could be instead related to being feline or feline-like (whether it's a feline theriotype or some other 'kintype that has some feline-like features without having to be specifically a vampire 'kintype). One of my theriotypes is, admittedly, a domestic cat, and I do experience overlap between my cat 'type and my vampire 'kintype--and actually, it wasn't until early this year that I even considered that I might have a vampire 'kintype, especially since I attributed that stuff related to it to my other theriotypes or other non-therianthropic things (I've spent most of this year debating about whether my "vampire-aspect" is a 'kintype or not, and only became comfortable and felt decently assured enough about it being a 'kintype within the past month or two).
Noting on what Seraphyna said:
Although I personally don't give a damn if [energy/sang-feeding] vampires don't like me calling myself vampire'kin (I try to include the 'kin part to help reduce the confusion because I don't want people to just assume that I believe I'm a "vampire" in the energy/sang-feeding sense). That and I tend to think that 'vampire' is often an ill-fitting term for them, generally speaking, and I've seen numerous such vampires in that community agree with that, but the term 'vampire' for them has been used for so long, it's very unlikely to go away or be replaced by something better fitting. My 'kintype of vampire is no less a "vampire" or that the term is wrong for me to use, just because a group of people have ended up using the vampire term for their energy-deficient condition. As in, the existence of that condition and those people with it, and their use of the vampire term, does in no way denote that a person can't be a vampire in a 'kintype sense. So no, a person does not have to have that energy-deficient 'vampire' condition in order for them to "technically be a vampire" (that is, if technically being one includes being one in a non-physical, identity sense--e.g., as a 'kintype).
About the 'astrally feeding/biting' part: I'm skeptical, too, that it's an astral action that is actually leaving physical evidence on someone's skin of being bitten (whether just a red mark or some circular "scars"). It also sounds more like visualization of biting and feeding on someone's blood, with enough vividness to induce a sense of blood taste in your perception. But it's ultimately up to you whether you believe it was astrally done or not.
My therianthropy and spiritual writings:
Poly'kin of: mongoose, domestic cat, domestic horse, winged theropod (erdenvogel), and vampire'kin (blutpir) [not a pranic nor sang kind of vampire]