Thursday, February 4, 2010

Jiang Shi for Dummies

Are you ready to learn everything you never thought you'd need to know about Chinese Vampires? Good.

The "Jiang Shi", written in Chinese as 僵尸or as 僵屍 in "Traditional Chinese," literally means "stiff corpse." Technically, Jiang Shi are closer to Chinese counterparts of a Westerner's image of a zombie than a vampire. How to identify them? Well, their most obvious feature is their mode of transportation - because of the rigor mortis in their legs, Chinese Vampires hop. It's almost comical, until they KILL YOU!

Some other interesting Chinese vampire traits: they are blind and have no knowledge, they track people by smelling their breath (this means holding your breath keeps them from seeing you - kinda like T-Rex's from Jurassic Park.) They chase people trying to steal their "po" or life force of some type. How to fight them you ask? Well Taoist monks can write spells on rice parchment, and stick them to their forehead with sticky rice - these paralyze them.

Final bit of advice? Every feung shui specialist in China knows to put a 15 centimeter threshold by their door, so as to keep jiang shi from entering. Some interesting resources to further research jiang shi: "New Moon Legend: Twilight of the Jiang Shi." Also, in the early 1980's Chineses vampire films were very popular. Movies such as "Mr. Vampire." Years ago, me and Amanda watched a movie or three from this series at A&A Comics, and thought it was interesting. I was actually a Chinese vampire for Halloween once I think. My fingers got swollen inside them from the cold, and I hard to cut them off - lol.

The last two kanji in the movie poster look familiar, but I don't off the top of my head know what they mean. Probably "Sensei", cause the movie's called Mr. Vampire.

Quote of the Day:
"You were one of us!" - Bad Guy
"No. I'm a Hero." - Sylar.

WOAHz! Sylar becoming a good guy?! I have to hand it to the guy that plays Sylar and Spock, he is an awesome actor -- I do not see the other character in them at all when they are playing the other character. Next week = Season Finale of Heroes I believe.

Song of the Day: "Blah, Blah, Blah" by Kesha (feat. 3Oh!3) Haha- this song has been stuck in my head since the other day for some reason. It reminds me of when I first heard it, this and Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" at about the same time - I thought "god, these artists suck and have completley given up on even writing lyrics anymore... I mean, Blah blah blah? Oh ra, oh la la goo goo ga ga..." Now ironically I like both songs, lol.

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