Alterpedia: Jiangshi

In the Alters’ World (and the series of books found here), creatures of legend reveal themselves to the world. Born through genetic abnormalities, defects and mutations, the Alters have lived for centuries as outcasts of human society, hiding their true nature from the world while colorful stories have been written by many to describe what they’ve seen. How are these creatures different from what was described in the stories? What relationship do they have with humanity? Every entry of the Alterpedia will delve into a new creature from around the world. This week we cover:

Jiangshi

The hopping vampire of Chinese Mythology, often seen by westerners only in poorly dubbed films from the far east or in video games where they do not recognize it as anything more than an old Chinese stereotype. But, having its roots in the Qing Dynasty for almost 400 years, the stories of Jiangshi have a great cultural impact to those in China.

But what are they? How do we differentiate them from “normal” Vampires and Zombies? What exactly do we know about their behavior, their appearance and the abilities they have that their western cousins may not? Certainly, they seem to be similar and yet distinct, but how distinct?

Let’s find out!
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