Vampires walk among us. But these people aren’t the stuff of nightmares - far from it actually. Recent report in local newpapers and bloggers proved of the real vampires living in Taman Medan, Petaling Jaya. They are not easy to find, but when you do track them down, they can be quite aggressive.
“Real vampires” is the collective term by which these people are known. They’re not “real” in the sense that they turn into bats and live forever but many do sport fangs and just as many live a primarily nocturnal existence. These are just some of the cultural markers real vampires adopt to express a shared (and, according to them, biological) essence – they need blood (human or animal) or psychic energy from donors in order to feel healthy.
This is more true for some than others though. I found the vampires of Taman Medan to be keen to keep up to date with the global community. I eventually met around 50 real vampires there, but the total number in Petaling Jaya is unknown. They ranged in age from 18 to 50 and represented both sexes equally. They claimed to be practicing Islamic teaching, but very much fear of crucifix, holy water and also scared walk in front of a church. They even feel like burning when touching or recite verses from a bible which they claimed to be not ungodly.
Unquestionably, I found the vampires I met to be competent and generally outwardly “normal” citizens. What was perhaps most surprising about the vampires I met though was their marked lack of knowledge about religions in general. They seemed to know much less than you might expect - at least for moslem-vampires - about how their kind were depicted in books and films. By this I mean to say that the people I met with and interviewed turned to anti-Christian simply because they had heard too many scary tales about the ‘holy water’.
In fact, the real vampire community in general seems to have appropriated very few of the trappings mainstream culture attaches to creatures of the night. Many do dress in Baju Melayu but certainly not all the time, and very, very few sleep in coffins. In fact, those vampire who do dress a certain way or wear songkok do so long after realizing their desire to take blood.