The Lady of Sirara

THE DARK SIDE OF MYTH & FOLKLORE: JIANGSHI

In Chinese folklore, the Jiangshi (“goeng-si” in Cantonese, “gangshi” in Korean, “kyonshī” in Japanese, and “cương thi” in Vietnamese) is reanimated corpse, similar to the Eastern European vampire and the West African zombie, who seeks to feed on the qi of the living. The Jiangshi can range in appearance from a rotting corpse to freshly dead, but are almost always dressed in official garments from the Qing dynasty and move around by hopping (because rigor mortis prevents regular walking). Jiangshi can be created in a number of ways, such as magical resurrection, possession, imbalance of the hun and po, premature burial, improper burial, or the spirit of the dead person simply failing to move on.

THE DARK SIDE OF MYTH & FOLKLORE: JIANGSHI

In Chinese folklore, the Jiangshi (“goeng-si” in Cantonese, “gangshi” in Korean, “kyonshī” in Japanese, and “cương thi” in Vietnamese) is reanimated corpse, similar to the Eastern European vampire and the West African zombie, who seeks to feed on the qi of the living. The Jiangshi can range in appearance from a rotting corpse to freshly dead, but are almost always dressed in official garments from the Qing dynasty and move around by hopping (because rigor mortis prevents regular walking). Jiangshi can be created in a number of ways, such as magical resurrection, possession, imbalance of the hun and po, premature burial, improper burial, or the spirit of the dead person simply failing to move on.

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