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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 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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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 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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b9paradox Feb 8, 2013  Student General Artist
This is great—nice to see different types of zombies. Do you know the origin of the myth? In ancient China, it was bad luck to die away from your home village. So, when this happened and other transportation was too expensive, families would hire "corpse walkers." These were teams of two men, who would carry the corpse home by suspending it on bamboo poles, and walk with the poles on their shoulders. When they moved up and down, the corpse appeared to be hopping. It was also considered bad luck for ordinary humans to view these "hopping corpses," so the men traveled at night and slept during the day.

Creepy stuff, that.
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slenderman parallelism
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chiefdog01 Dec 29, 2012
*hop* *hop*
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Niori Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Gods Must Be Crazy III features something like this! XD It was hilarious!
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GreenDayPunky Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that you can destroy them with peach wood swords and immobilize them with by putting enchanted script thingies on its head (different from the one already on its face), but i'm not sure if that's for demons or jiangshi. lawl. They're always wearing the outfit of a chinese judge or someone working in the Palace. XD
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Spiica Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ITS A BONGUN.
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