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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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pumpkinDeer Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Mr.vampire XD these were in it
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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  Student 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  Student 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  Student 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  Student 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  Student 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 Featured By Owner 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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Mishiac Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
slenderman parallelism
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chiefdog01 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
*hop* *hop*
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Niori Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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Cheow12 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
LOL
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Spiica Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ITS A BONGUN.
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wangqr Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oo classic Chinese zombie :XD: yayyy u tell them wut a jiang shi is!!!
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DrAgOnSfLy006 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A hopping zombie? It kind of reminds me of Gameboy Super Mario...
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Nikolicious Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an interesting concept! You made the whole style fit with the story; good job!
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i-am-tsukiko Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
xD
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LiteratePen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Dude, this reminds me of that one Jackie Chan Adventure episode. It had a chinese vampire and everyone kept switching qi.
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dmbarnham Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG!!!! Mr Vampire ... you're a legend for this!!!!
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BluHealer Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Cool pic.
Lame myth.
"Look out! The Pogo Stick Vamp is comin' to get ya!"
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Janviarius Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Hahaha omg I love this. It brings back memories of the nightmares I'd have when I was younger. My brothers would hop around with the arms outstretched to scare me at times. I'm actually getting slightly creeped out thinking about this! All of the details are a perfect representation and I'm kind of glad to know the "official" name of this creature. Great work!
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LittleBlueOwls Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Jiang Shi!
Oh! those are my favorite Chinese mythological monster!
Dude... did I ever tell you that you are awesome?
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lavenly Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is my favorite version of them! this is perfect!!
I tried looking for good art of them on dA years ago, now there is more and more art of them! ahh ! wonderful!
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TastesLikeInsanity Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
awwww i remember these things from shaman king
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
i've few questions regarding ancient Chinese mythology considering jianshi:..

1) do jianshi turn to dust in sun light like western vampires?!!
2) do jianshi have no reflection on mirrors like western vampires?!!
3) can they do kung fu although they are stiffed corpses ?!!
4) does the ticket on their forehead indicates that they are fully under control by someone (like wizard, summoner or priest)!!?, if it is, when do they regain their conscience & free will?!!
5) are there any good janshi (like kind) ones?!!
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GreenDayPunky Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think they might turn to dust in sun light, since they hide in caves in the daytime.The ticket on their forehead might be put there by a "daoshi" which is a sort of chinese sorcerer person. But the body is dead, if you rip off the ticket, it'll just become a regular corpse again. This is just what I know, and it might not be correct. BTW, there are no good jianshi cus the spell that was cast on them was made for them to assassinate/infect someone (when they bite you, you die from the infection)
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
so do they still have no reflection?!! i've heard that they scream when they see themselves on the mirrors!!...one thing, i thought that the ticket was actually to put them under control & not bringing them to life (like what you said: removing the ticket will make them dead again)... another thing, they bite to suck blood or turn others to gianshis?!!......last thing, i thought there were good ones like hisen ko & Lee Pyron from shaman king series!!
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GreenDayPunky Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure. This is just some things I saw in books about monsters and such, different authors and tv shows have different views on them. :)
P.S
In movies, it's in ancient china, and it's usually dark out and in the woods or something when they attack people, so I have no idea whether they scream or not when they see a mirror.
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
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Haru-chii Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Is he on break?
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Calick Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Chinese have undead in their culture?? Holy crap, they get more awesome everytime I learn more about them!
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
...ZANT!?! But seriously, good rendition of a bizarre yet terrifying monster.
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TheSt0ck Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
It reminds me of this: [link] . I'm not joking.
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Shin53124 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist
Awesome! Love the legend behind this. Wonderfully done.
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omekun Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I hear I should throw rice or something.
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Steamwok Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotta love em "Jiang Shi" <3
Great work btw!!
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Malesx Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Very nice ilove it
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FreakyZi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this creature when I was young, used to scare out of me when my Chinese friends talk about it XD
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PaulLuvr Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Your drawing makes it look like a pervert hiding behind a mask with characters on it. It looks good but that's what came to my mind at first.
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Sexual-Yeti Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
God damn Zombies! Their everywhere!
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Kinetii Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
oh.. OH! Now I get it!
From years ago, I reed a lot from Shaman King. And I remember that part when Tao Jun shows up with her talismans and her corpse Lee Pyron. However, now I know Lee was so called a Jiang Shi!
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TheK40 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha awesome! I actually did a whole animation project on The Chinese Vampire. If you ever have time or even interested, come check it out =u=; : [link]
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WarriorNun Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've seen this Jiangshi on tv sometimes...even looked it up in folklore...

so...is it like what would happen if you combine vampire and zombie together? Cause I've seen the Deadliest Warrior Halloween special where they pit vamps and zombies against each other.
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Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE these guys! Saw them in an old kung fu movie once and it was great! Awesome work as always!!
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