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A Vicious Chinese Vampire

Via our Twitter page we asked you, our faithful readers, what you would like us to write about here, and a few of you asked for stories about Asian vampires. Now, if you are a long time reader you know that we have done quite a few Asian vampires posts, but even so I’ll give you guys another. Today’s post is about the fearsome Chinese vampire demon, the Kuang-shi.

The wicked kuang-shi, also known as the chiang-shi or kiang-si, comes into being by a demon possessing a corpse (there are many ways for a corpse to become one of the undead, check out this post for an explanation behind Chinese vampires). Once it has a body it then takes on the appearance of a tall monstrous being with white or greenish hair all over its body. But what makes it look really scary is its long and sharp claws, red eyes and fangs.

The kuang-shi is a particularly vicious vampire that was known to rip its victims to pieces whilst feeding on their blood. If this creature isn’t killed right away and has the chance to grow  in power it would get strong enough that it would gain the ability to fly, and I don’t need to tell you that a flying vampire is bad news. Not only could a powerful kuang-shi fly, but it is also said that if strong enough it could also turn into vapor and mist, or become completely invisible.

This nasty vamp can be trapped in its grave by sprinkling rice, iron, and red peas on the ground above it. A common method of killing the beast is lightening, and since that’s controlled by the forces of nature if you have a kuang-shi on your hands you could very well be screwed. But there are countless versions of this vampire, multiple stories all saying something different, and in some versions it is said cremating the kuang-shi is enough to destroy it completely.

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– Moonlight

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Moonlight • December 10, 2009

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