What Is “Feeding”?
Feeding is the act of replenishing the vital life energy Vampyres lack in order to function normally or at what is considered to be normal levels for other people.
There are numerous different ways for Vampyres to feed, and in the general Vampyre Community, over time, these differences have led to Vampyres using different feeding methods to categorize themselves and other Vampyres, sometimes with devastating effects on community unity, morale and cohesion.
In the South African Vampyre Community such categorization of Vampyres according to feeding methods has been discontinued from a very early stage in our development, and instead, all Vampyres are positively reinforced with the message that all Vampyres are accepted as Vampyres, regardless of what feeding methods they employ, and it is in effect the different feeding methods which are categorized as means to an end, and for the most part, Vampyres are all treated as being “adaptive” – meaning to a degree at least, being able to employ at least some of these different methods to feed. It is seen by the local community as a rarity for a Vampyre to be unable to employ more than one method, although it does happen, particularly in the case of sanguines.
- Sanguine Feeders
- Human blood source (from voluntary Donors, small amounts, most often donated regularly at safe intervals, sometimes multiple Donors.)
- Animal blood source (from slaughter houses, prepackaged meat destined for human consumption.)
- Psychic/Energy Feeders
- Pranic (Chi/ki/prana or life force energy taken from either the core or main life force of a person or animal, or from ambient energy such as from a crowd in a mall or at a concert, or even at a distance from people they have a connection with.)
- Elemental (Life energy from the elements, such as fire / air / water / the earth / light / plants/ the universe etc.
- Sexual (Some feed from the ambient or direct sexual energy produced by their partners or others in their immediate vicinity or by those with whom they have a connection. There are different sub-types, including Eros, Tantric, Succubus / Incubus.)
There are those who employ two or more feeding methods, across the range. Those who use both sanguine and psychic methods are often referred to in the broader VC as “hybrids”, and locally, as “omnivores”. Mostly, those who can use more than one or multiple methods equally well, are called “adaptive feeders”.
According to the surveys conducted by Suscitatio LLC, it seems that the majority of Vampyres around the world identify as omnivores. The term “adaptive” is relatively new, while the idea that there are Vampyres who can feed from more than one source equally well (“hybrids”) has been around for several decades. The term “hybrid” is considered divisive within the community as it implies that those who can feed in that manner are somehow “not true or equal” as Vampyres, which is of course, not true.
Feeding From Donors:
This section caters for the Sanguine component of the VC.
Some Vampyres are very uncomfortable with their donors cutting themselves in order to feed them, and sometimes they have donors who are deeply committed to them, and who become quite emotional when they want to help someone they care about and see them suffering the Thirst.
They should be commended for their restraint and consideration for their donors by not wanting them to cut themselves in order to feed them. Many Vampyres feel that way, while it seems it is only a very small minority around the world who do not really care much for the way in which their donors produce blood, just as long as they can get it.
Cutting is a rather rash and severe means to an end, something which is not really necessary for the purposes of feeding a Vampyre. Though there are people who experience an emotional need to cut (or self-harm), this is not a desirable method, even if it may seem like a perfect symbiotic relationship – as for many vamps it exacerbates the feelings of guilt involved in watching someone harm themselves – and often in ways which could leave permanent scars – in order to provide something which they need, even if their Donor would do so anyway, with or without them benefiting from this.
Some prominent Donors in the international VC advocate the use of so-called “clean” methods, involving syringes and similar clinical methods of producing blood, which reduce the chances of infection, scarring, pain and other side-effects to the donor – and also significantly reducing everything “frightening” about donation which tends to put off many potential Donors. Of course, these methods require a level of medical training in phlebotomy, and depending on the circumstances, this form of donation may also violate certain laws of the relevant area in question, relating to human tissues and medical practice. It is recommended that both Vampyre and Donor consult local legal websites and familiarize themselves with local laws.
Filling out a Donor-Vampyre consent or agreement form, getting tested for STD’s and other blood-borne diseases is par for the course in such relationships. Should these guidelines be followed, the chances of contracting disease become significantly reduced.
In the South African community we strive to impart morals and ethics in our guidelines which contribute towards the building of a considerate and responsible community, by encouraging Vampyres to show kindness, respect, consideration and appreciation towards those who care enough about them in order to provide them with something so vital and precious. This includes putting the needs of Donors before their own.
Feeding From Packaged Animal Products:
It is a known practice in our community, where some Vampyres obtain blood from vacuum-packed meats at a supermarket, usually within 2 days of packaging, and containing enough life in the blood to still be of use. This is considered by many to be the safest and healthiest source. The following common-sense recommendations apply:
- You might try obtaining fresh beef blood at a local abattoir, though they might be a bit reluctant to give you some, preferring to dump every last drop into the city sewer rather than supply it to someone who might not look like they really want to use it “for cooking purposes”.
- Small family-owned butcher shops which do their own slaughtering and processing sometimes sell fresh blood in bottles for cooking purposes, usually without asking too many questions.
- Some are known to use hunting in the wild (deer/buck etc) as a means to obtain fresh animal blood, although no information on risks involved is available. It would be wise to approach this method with caution wrt health issues pertaining to risks of infection or parasites in the blood etc.
- Fishing is another method known to be effective. Fish contain blood too, believe it or not, and prana is prana as they say.
- Avoid pig and chicken, look for beef or lamb. The contents of lamb liver is said to work very well, although the smell of it is pungent and repulsive.
- Anything between half to a full shot-glass should be enough for its effects to last a week or even longer.
- The (in some cases vile) taste or smell of animal blood might be bypassed by using a syringe to squirt the fluid down the back of the throat, bypassing the taste buds.
- Keep a piece of fudge or Turkish delight or other sweet handy to “chase” the shot with in order to counter the taste if it bothers you.
- Remember to wash your hands and face, and brush your teeth or rinse afterwards, and to wash any utensils or dispose of any packaging material.
- Avoid pig’s blood – this contains many parasites and risk of infection. (Cooking kills these, but it also kills the blood). For a look at parasitic infection symptoms and effects relating to the consumption of pig’s blood, raw or under-cooked pork meat products, please consult the following articles: “Trichinosis” (Wikipedia) and “It’s Not A Tumor, It’s A Brain Worm” (ABC).
- For those who make use of this option, it is wise to take regular doses of de-worming treatments, obtainable at pharmacies over the counter, just to be sure.
- Always obtain meat / blood from safe suppliers – if the meat is safe to consume raw, then it stands to reason to assume that the blood remaining in the meat or packaging, while diluted slightly, should also be reasonably safe.
- Once the 48 hour period after the animal has been killed and the meat packaged has passed, it is reasonable to assume that there is no longer any life force left in the blood, and hence any consumption of this blood will be useless, or will serve only as a form of placebo.