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J for Jiang Shi by tohdaryl J for Jiang Shi by tohdaryl
A jiāng shī (僵尸), also spelled jiangshi, and also known as a Chinese “hopping” vampire or zombie, is a type of reanimated corpse in Chinese legends and folklore. “jiang shi” is read as Geongsi in Cantonese, Gangshi in Korean and Kyonshī in Japanese. According to legend, in the day, the jiang shi rests in a coffin or hides in dark places such as caves. At night, it moves around by hopping, with its arms outstretched. It kills living creatures to absorb their qi (life essence).
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TheWildWestPyro Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Writer
BEST. FUCKING. CHINESE. MONSTER.

It is AWESOME.

In my imagination, they don't just hop. They can knock you over with their feet, kick you, flip over and knock you to the ground, and jump really high if they want to. They are extremely fast and can hide easily. And they carry bamboo poles that will smash you on the head or blowpipes, so you can get impaled to the wall.
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flandre495 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
In my imagination, they're capable of carrying and launching various kinds of aircraft, including but not limited to dive bombers, torpedo bombers, and fighter planes. They cruise/sail on water and use aircraft as their main form of offense. Of course, as capital ships, they're usually heavily defended by smaller ships such as destroyers and cruisers (and the odd submarine).
To put it short, they're aircraft carriers!
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TheWildWestPyro Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Writer
And that's just the giant ones...
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flandre495 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Smaller ones play the role of light aircraft carriers and escort aircraft carriers. Of course, the really really really tiny ones are pilots. XD
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TheWildWestPyro Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Writer
YUSH.
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flandre495 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Also since they are aircraft carriers in my imagination, they originated from Britain. XD
Sadly, the jiangshi has been "wiped out" by the advent of modern aircraft carriers like the CVNs (depicted as European style vampires since they're supposed to be "modern"). However, you can visit five of them still preserved in America - the Yorktown, the Hornet, the Lexington, Intrepid, and last but not least the Midway.
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TheWildWestPyro Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student Writer
There are millions locked up in caves, side huts, temples, shrines, etc, in Hong Kong and mainland China, by the way.
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flandre495 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
But where would you find a cave or man-made structure large enough to store your average jiangshi? Most of them, including the ever-famed Enterprise, have been sent to the scrapyard (provided they didn't end up on the bottom of the sea like many unfortunate ones did), ya know, deemed surplus for the navy and stuff. Made obsolete by modern technology.
Personally I think they should've saved Enterprise and Katsuragi.
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gexpert Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Very accurate depiction of how zombie (Jiang Shi:殭屍) is perceived in Chinese culture.

Though mostly today they are seen as comedic effect in variety shows. Keep the works coming, they are very beautiful.
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flandre495 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is so cute, makes me sleepy just looking at it. SO CUTE I CANT BREATHE
And for some reason bears an uncanny resemblance to my current avatar.
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