Participation In The VVDFGS
Please download the survey questionnaire here. When complete, kindly return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participation in the Vampyre & Vampyric Donor Focus Group Survey (VVDFGS) is entirely voluntary and participants do so anonymously.
Participants should be resident in South Africa, or active participants in the South African Vampyre Community or SA OVC.
This survey is an initiative of the South African Vampyre Alliance (SAVA) and the South African Vampyre Culture Center (SAVCC), and on receipt of this form, your responses will be compiled and collated into usable statistics in order to form a clearer picture of who we are as Vampyres, and as a community or sub-culture in the South African context.
The motivation for this survey is two-fold 1) To gather useful statistics which will aid the cause of presenting an accurate image of the South African Vampyre Community, and 2) To build a clear picture ofSouth Africa’s Vampyre Community demographic.
As with all surveys, the results will be based only on responses received from those willing to respond. Statistics from responses reflect only the demographic of the percentage of the community which responds to the survey.
Inspiration and many of the design fundamentals from the VVDFGS are drawn from the Vampirism and Energy Work Research Study conducted by Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC and the Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA] in part with their two surveys, the VEWRS and AVEWRS. While these previous international surveys were the first to their kind and of excellent quality, extremely detailed and ground-breaking, received high participation numbers globally (nearly a thousand responses); these surveys included very few responses from South Africa. Therefore, a very tiny demographic portion of South Africa’s Vampyre Community is represented in any existing statistical collection.
This survey is geared towards getting a more accurate picture in terms of South African Vampyres and our community. It’s also intended to investigate to what extent certain negative stereotypes regarding Vampyres are true or untrue in South Africa.
Two previous international surveys, the VEWRS and AVEWRS, were broader-focus surveys, which included energy workers with a secondary focus on otherkin and therianthropes as participants from all around the world. The VVDFGS will focus ONLY on local South African Vampyres (sang, psi, omnivores), including several pointed questions for those who also donate to other Vampyres.
To determine the demographics of self-identified Vampyres within the context of their experiences and within the South African Vampyre Community.
To uncover common experiences, opinions, beliefs, trends, or differences in these within the South African community of self-identified Vampyres.
Purpose & Intent:
The purpose of this survey is to gain insight into the make-up of the local community of self-identified Vampyres, and to understand how they relate to each other and to the community as well as to the general society in which they live.
It is a survey being conducted from within the community, by Vampyres and of Vampyres, but the results of the survey will also be made publicly available in the form of statistics, charts and graphs – and the combined response material will be made available for inspection on request from interested academics or researchers.
The accuracy of this survey is dependent on the level of honesty or integrity of the respondents, who are being asked to respond as truthfully and honestly as possible. How representative of the South African Vampyre Community this survey and its results will be, depends greatly upon how many members of the Community are willing to participate in the survey.
No names, Dayside or Nightside, names of specific community groups, organizations to which they belong, or other personally identifiable annotations are to be made on the survey forms, and since no such information will be gathered via the survey, no such personally identifiable information will be made public or included in any part of the survey statistics or results.
By participating in this survey and by submitting your response, you are indicating your agreement that all data collected in this survey exercise, once submitted, becomes the sole property of the Convener, as well as indicating that your responses will be as honest and close to the facts as possible within the framework of the questions and the set answers.
No correspondence will be entered into with respondents on the matter of the content of their responses, and since all completed questionnaires will be filed anonymously and categorized by numbers, returning such forms on request will not be possible.
In the interests of ethics, should respondents wish to have their responses excluded from the final data collation after submission, the appropriate process is given in the instructions labeled “Ethical Exclusion Options” at the end of this questionnaire.
The VVDFGS survey period will extend from 1 May until 1 July 2012, after which received responses will be collated and processed, and the results compiled into a report which will be made public at the discretion of the Conveners.
The following terms as used in the survey, explained below:
Definition from the Atlanta Vampire Alliance: “A vampire is essentially an energy feeder or blood drinker that may display various levels of psychic ability. While the causality, interpretation, and sometimes even the “proper” spelling of vampirism are debated, vampires are generally individuals who cannot adequately sustain their own physical, mental, or spiritual well-being without the taking of blood or vital life force energy from other sources; often human. Without feeding the vampire will become lethargic, sickly, depressed, and often go through physical suffering or discomfort. Vampires often display signs of empathy, sense emotions, perceive auras, and are generally psychically aware of the world around them. To a degree, the specifics of vampirism manifest differently on an individual basis and these nuances sometimes insulate the confusion in defining the vampyric range of ability and experience. The alternate spelling of “Vampyre” is sometimes used depending on the path from which one approaches vampirism.”
NOTE: In South Africa, the term ‘Vampyre’ is favored to reflect real self-identified Vampyres, with the term ‘vampire’ being used to describe the classical, mythological or fictional archetype.
Definition from the Atlanta Vampire Alliance: “Sanguinarian (Sang) Vampires feed by the drinking of blood – either human or animal. Sanguinarian vampires can vary in their experience of blood hunger and in how often or in what quantities they need to feed, but the unique craving for blood and the physical symptoms associated with neglecting to drink blood are unifying features of sanguinarian vampirism. The consumption of blood from human sources is facilitated through a consensual agreement by verbal or written contract between vampire and donor. Not all members of the vampire community actually acknowledge the difference between psychic and sanguinarian vampirism, and there is a popular but not universally-held theory within the vampire community that the life force energy or “prana” contained within the blood is the source from which they feed, rather than any physical component of the blood itself. This theory is supported by the notably small amount of blood that vampires consume to alleviate their hunger; usually one to two tablespoons, but challenged by the fact that vampires who consider themselves primarily blood drinkers often do not display as many or any of the psychic tendencies that psychic vampires do, and more often report more physical symptoms, such as sense acuity and physical strength, than do the psychic vampires.”
Definition from the Atlanta Vampire Alliance: “Psychic (Psi) Vampires are understood to feed psychically on life force energy. Psi (or psy) feeding is usually performed on a willing individual or from the ambient energies of a large group or crowd. This term is often mistakenly confused with the pop psychology use of “psychological vampire”, used as a metaphor to describe specific socially manipulative behaviors. Psi vampire, refers to a vampire who feeds by some manner of energy transfer; this term may also be shortened to psivamp. Psy vampire, and “psychic vampire” are sometimes considered synonyms for psi vampire, but are also sometimes employed as separate terms with distinctive meanings. For example, “psi” is often employed as a synonym for ESP phenomena in parapsychology, and “psy” is short for either “psychic” or “psychological”. Those who make distinctions between these terms may use these meanings as the basis for their reasoning.”
Definition from the Atlanta Vampire Alliance: “Hybrid or Psi/Sang [/Omnivores] Vampires claim to have no primary feeding method, being able to feed from either source at any time. Others report changing their primary feeding source from energy to blood, or vice versa, at various points in their lives. Some, but not all, vampires who can feed or have fed via both methods choose to describe themselves as Psi/Sang or Hybrid vampires. Still other Community members go further to define sub-classes of vampirism based on the detailed methods and sources of psychic feeding. These classes are most often distinguished from one another based on the type of energy gained. Those who feed from natural or elemental energy, and those who feed from humans either during sexual contact, during magickal rituals, or during times of high emotional output may be described as specific types of vampires. Further subcategories of psi feeding energy exist, including terminology to describe those who feed from direct contact with the human aura, those who feed from the ambient energy of crowds and public places, those who can only absorb certain kinds of emotions, etc.”
Tantric, Eros and Sexual Feeders (Succubae / Incubae)
This Tainted Soul of Mine – “A Tantric Vampire is closely related to the Sexual Vampire, the Eros Vampire and the Incubus/Succubus. The difference is…the Sexual vamp feeds from the sexual energies given off by a donor, the Eros vamp inspires and feeds off emotions such as love and lust, the Incubus/Succubus will feed from any of these but only takes, never gives in return. The Tantric Vampire feeds from any of these as well but with other Tantric Vampires and they both give and take creating an intensity that can be rather addictive for both partners involved. They are very good at projecting (to the point of being unaware that they are doing so at times), are often heavily empathic and carry very deep long term connections to those that they partner up with. They are also very sensitive to the energetic signatures of those around them to the point of secluding themselves amongst those of similar energies, not out of a sense of elitism but rather because the chaotic nature of energies that do not resonate well with their own can have adverse effects and cause strange reactions such as mesmerizing those people that they cross paths with to the point of adoration. This is a difficult situation for the Tantric Vampire because or their own highly empathic and compassionate natures, for they do not enjoy the thought of hurting anyone’s feelings and it pains them to see someone “taken in” by this side of them if the feelings are not mutual. And so a certain amount of caution is often learned early on by most of those with a Tantric nature.
When it comes to the Tantric feed, it is not the “end zone” of intercourse that is often sought out but rather it is the extremely intoxicating build of energy that occurs beforehand. Foreplay takes on an entirely new meaning to the Tantric. The experience of the softest brush of lips against skin, or even something so subtle as the warmth of breath on the back of ones neck can create an intensity of reaction that will be rapturous to a Tantric.“
For the purposes of this survey, any person who personally identifies with any of the above descriptions of real Vampyres, Sanguinarian Vampyres, Psi Vampyres or Omnivores, and who feels they share sufficient commonalities, similarities or characteristics in order to identify themselves as real living Vampyres. Self-identification is a result of an internal process, arrived at through self-study, evaluation, realization and introspection. Since currently there are no medical or other scientific tests to demonstrate that a person who self-identifies as a Vampyre is or is not what they claim to be, self-identification is the standard practice in the make-up of the modern Vampyre Community.
The Vampyre Community is broadly described or outlined in the document quoted below:
“The Vampi(y)re Declaration of Community:
By Belfazaar Ashantison, Deacon Gray, Octarine Valur, Zerochan and Wraiths (names in alphabetical order.)
We who self-identify as vampyric people, and who adopt the name Vampi(y)re, recognize our need for community within the context of broader Human society, and our diversity, and hereby undertake to view all who, like us, identify as part of the Community of real living Human Vampi(y)res.
We stand united in cause and hope, for a greater spirit of Community, and do so in order to promote knowledge, understanding and awareness of the vampyric condition and those who experience it, both within and without the Vampi(y)re Community.
We have struggled throughout our history as a Community to understand our own condition, by means of our own experience, learning, interpretation, thirst for knowledge, researching, communicating and engaging with those of like minds and those of opposing schools of thought. We have sought the truth of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our common condition. We undertake to seek out knowledge shown to be lacking when matters arise which we cannot adequately explain.
We affirm that our intentions for a Vampi(y)re Community are not for it to be a body politic, but rather that our common goals as a Community are to endeavor to understand our condition in all its variations; questioning and clarifying that which we do not understand so that we may present a knowledgeable front at all internal levels, while also discussing it with those outside our Community, and to express above all, to each other, our bond as a united Community of Vampi(y)res.
We recognize that some of us may express their vampirism in ways different to our personal expression or experience of vampirism, and desire that no member of this Community should suffer indignation, discrimination or persecution because of such differences, where no harm results or is threatened by implication of consequences to our Community.
We acknowledge that each Vampi(y)re and grouping of Vampi(y)res, may uniquely identify this need, whether culturally, spiritually or socially, as something which holds profound significance to that individual or grouping – and although we may not always agree on these matters, we undertake to treat one other with respect, debate our differences logically and kindly, as is appropriate.
We acknowledge that our Community is made up of Vampi(y)res and Donors, who form relationships with us in the context of satisfying our vampyric needs, sustaining us by their voluntary sacrifices and good graces – and that this good will could be endangered or lost through acts of abuse or neglect; and further, we acknowledge that they have joined with us to support those with the Vampi(y)re condition, and that all have contributions to make which will benefit the Community as a whole; and that an atmosphere of respect, admiration and consideration between both Vampi(y)res and Donors should always be considered of paramount importance.
We acknowledge the schools of thought that vampirism is a “physiological condition”, “spiritual condition”, “mental condition”, or “emotional condition” and any combination of these and that without the advent of conclusive medical and/or clinical testing, that which we name ourselves is tantamount to a common belief that there is something within us which sets us apart from the Mundane world around us.
We affirm that we are not above the Mundane world, but are part of it – differently oriented from the rest of Humanity and having a need that surpasses our current level of medical, scientific or technological understanding.
Therefore as a Community, we seek to broadly define vampirism as the need of an individual to supplement their personal vampyric need, however they choose to define it, from external sources – whether these be perceived as living or non living, and regardless of whatever method is employed, whether through consumption of blood or chi/prana; or via energy in blood or other associated material, or in any other form whether corporeal or non-corporeal; or one method in isolation or in combination with another; and the principle that those who express such a need, be defined as being Vampi(y)res – with emphasis on the standard that not one of us is to be judged as lesser or greater than another because of their means or methods of satisfying that need.
To these ends, based upon our common vampyric needs, and our desire for togetherness, association and community, we express our mutual agreement and our unity as one Vampi(y)re Community.”
It is suggested that you complete this questionnaire on your own, where you will not be distracted, and while you are alert and awake and able to concentrate.
Please read the introductions section, and especially the definitions section so that you will be clear on what is being referred to within the survey itself.
Complete ALL questions as incomplete responses will affect the overall accuracy of the entire survey and resulting statistics.
Once again, please do not include any personal details which can be used to identify you, such as dayside / nightside name, House or other Group, ID numbers etc.
Don’t forget to SAVE the questionnaire before returning it.
Please complete this questionnaire as soon as possible and email it to SAVCC as soon as possible, using any anonymous email address to send it.
Survey Questions: 265 in 7 Sections, 33 pages.
SECTION A: PERSONAL BACKGROUND
SECTION B: VAMPYRIC IDENTITY
SECTION C: HEALTH & WELLNESS
SECTION D: SOCIAL RELATIONS: EDUCATION
SECTION E: SOCIAL RELATIONS: EMPLOYMENT
SECTION F: SOCIAL RELATIONS: GENERAL COMMUNITY
SECTION G: SOCIAL RELATIONS: VAMPYRE COMMUNITY