In some old Chinese movies, vampires are pictured as stiff, blind creatures who rely on their ability to sense the breath of their prey to track them.
These Chinese vampires do not walk, they hop! Chinese vampires are based on folk stories of Chinese “hopping ghosts,” which are described as a mixture of our Western vampires and zombies. They didn’t go after blood, but after chi.
Since flexibility is seen as a sign of life, any creature which has died would necessarily have to be stiff – hence the hopping, since walking would require flexibility in the knees.
In these Chinese vampire movies, the hopping vampires would go after their living relatives FIRST. The reason? Having been buried with BAD FENG SHUI.
These stories give you an idea of how important Feng Shui is considered in Asia, for the living and for the dead.
Feng Shui Started with Graves
Because Ancestor worship is so important in the far East, finding good sites to bury your ancestors was key. The first Feng Shui consultants were mainly concerned with finding good burial sites.
Imagine if you had started a cemetery for your recently settled village and you didn’t know that every several years the area floods – bad. Imagine that in the next flood you saw the remains of the ancestors of the villagers being washed away and carried into the river.
In Ancient China, this would have been considered very bad luck. The bad luck would affect not just the people in the present, but also their descendants.
Your Ancestors Connect You to the Beginning of Time
Whether your ancestors were good people or not, they still carried the torch of life and handed it to you. They are your connection to the beginning of time, and this connection is blessed by Heaven.
The force of life, chi, has been carried from womb to womb, to continue to bring life to Humanity, so humans can be the connectors of Heaven and Earth and actually bring Heaven to Earth.
How You Honor Your Ancestors
It is a recurrent theme in every culture in the world that you should honor your parents and your ancestors. What is often not mentioned is that parents have a duty to also respect and honor their children.
The way you honor your ancestors is by living a life of integrity, so that your ancestors can be proud of you. You also honor your ancestors by raising healthy children.
If you don’t have children, you honor your ancestors by leaving a legacy of good.
The Importance of Ancestors
I used to dismiss the Asian custom of showing reverence to their ancestors as plain superstition, but when I learned about a number of healing therapies that work on the ancestral line of clients or patients, I started paying more attention:
- Homeopathy, an alternative healing modality, talks about “miasms” or inherited patterns of disease, that include physical symptoms, emotional disturbances and negative thought patterns.
- Enric Corbera, a Spanish healer, practices what he calls “Transgenerational Psychology,” which connects current ailments to things that happened to ancestors.
- Bert Hellinger, with a similar approach as above, is having success with his “Family Constellations” program.
More recently, a study was published that shows that people can suffer from emotional and mental issues that they inherited from ancestors who experienced any kind of trauma.
For example, children of people in the USA who lived through the depression, show some of the same emotional problems that their parents did regarding scarcity and fear.
Children of World War II survivors experience part of the post traumatic syndromes that their parents experienced. These traits were found to be passed on THROUGH DNA!
Want a Glimpse at Chinese Vampires, or Jiangshi?
Watch this video to learn more about the Chinese vampires or Jiangshi.