THIS STUDY IS APPLICABLE IN PART TO THE THERIAN/WERE/OTHERKIN COMMUNITY! We intend to share the data with these groups so that both may benefit by having a clearer understanding of the demographics, experiences, and beliefs held by our different but often interlinked groups. Important: Please read the clarification section below that explains why we are seeking responses from Therians & Otherkin!
* If you have yet to complete the VEWRS & AVEWRS research surveys please visit the link below, complete them ASAP, and return via e-mail! This is a VERY important *universal* study that requires a diversity of participants from the therian and otherkin community as well as the vampirism and energetic/psi community - do NOT miss out having your unique situation/experiences documented in this study!
***** THERIAN & OTHERKIN CLARIFICATION - PLEASE READ THIS SECTION *****
We've heard through the grapevine that there are some confused therians and otherkin out there as to why they are being asked to take the VEWRS & AVEWRS research surveys. In early 2006 we (actual members of the community ourselves - sanguinarian and psychic (psi) vampires and even a couple therians alike - House AVA) set out to research the vampirism (sanguine/psi) and energy work aspects of primarily the vampire subculture with no anticipation of expanding the survey into anything more. In late 2006, after the release of the AVEWRS (Part 2) survey, we realized that our responses were not only coming from self-reported vampires but also from energy workers, psions, reiki practitioners, therians, weres, shifters, otherkin, and those who considered themselves awakened. Initially we didn't think much of this aberration in response since it appeared at first glance relatively small, however, when we entered the first batch of 350+ surveys earlier this year we realized therian/were response accounted for some 60+ surveys (of which only 40-50% identified also as vampiric). Additionally, we tallied some 195+ otherkin responses, dozens having no reported vampiric traits or abilities and nearly 11% (now 15%+) overall energy worker response with no link to vampirism whatsoever.
Now; we could either use the data for these groups as a baseline comparison (though not ideal since 95% of the responses indicated having gone through an "awakening") or discard them altogether as being outside the scope of the original research model. We decided that instead of just tossing those surveys to the wind that we'd make a gesture to the therian/otherkin community and share the demographic, spiritual, medical, etc. (non-vampiric) data we received so that they could have a starting point of reference on age ranges, gender, family background, educational level, health issues, spiritual beliefs, paranormal experience, reincarnation beliefs, magick practices, ethics, awakening, and a host of other questions asked on the surveys. This is why we are asking those in the therian/were/otherkin community to participate in this research. We realize nearly 50-60% of the surveys deal exclusively with vampire related topics (hence "Not Applicable"), however, many of the questions may be answered from a therian perspective and will be treated as such based on your self-identity as a therian/otherkin on question #172 (VEWRS) and by the detail you go into on #982 (AVEWRS). While it's important to complete the VEWRS for demographic reasons you'll clearly see the cross-comparisons between our communities when you read through the entire AVEWRS. Sections 1, 2, 4, & 5 are largely universal to therians and vampires alike (despite the section titles) meaning therians/weres/otherkin can answer a large portion of these from their own experience. We hope this clears up many of the questions you had on why you were being asked to complete the VEWRS/AVEWRS and if you have any other questions please drop us a e-mail. We don't intend to send you countless e-mails - just know that we appreciate your support, your encouragement of others to complete the surveys, and your participation more than you know!
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Our next major presentation will be October 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA at the Twilight West Coast Gathering Of The Vampire Community. If you are interested in attending the "Twilight" event please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to be added to the RSVP list. The presentation will be held the day prior to HEX Hollywood (http://www.hexhollywood.com). We'd like to have as many surveys completed by September 30th as possible to allow us time for ONE LAST data compilation from new entries. We have extended the deadline numerous times based upon presentations and emerging pockets of participants in the community - we have satisfied all our needed criteria for sample size and diversity and are allowing surveys to come into us now to give people the opportunity to participate. At least take the time to complete the 1st survey to say you were able to play a role in this important study - each and every survey is important!
The surveys located at the web site below represent a landmark study into a variety of diverse though often linked subcultures. This study will aid us in being able to help dispel myths and misconceptions about the practices, beliefs, attitudes, and demographics of those who identify with the following:
* Vampirism (Modern Sanguine & Psi or Psychic)
* Energy Work (Psionics, Reiki, Healers, Psychics, etc.)
* Otherkin & Therians
* Magick Practitioners (Occultists, Wiccans, Pagans, Spiritualists, etc.)
* Awakened Individuals (Higher Consciousness, Shaman, Indigo, etc.)
(Surveys Are Located In The "Gray Box" For Download - Part 1 & Part 2 - Or Via Text Format Under Troubleshooting)
The VEWRS & AVEWRS are universally applicable to ALL of these groups at least in part (demographically, etc.) despite the name and some of the questions asked that may be "N/A" for your particular circumstance (choose Not Applicable or leave blank) - data will be divided per each individual sub-group (ie: energy workers, vampires, therians, otherkin, etc.). This is why we need as many individuals who identify with energy work, psionics, otherkin, magick, real vampirism (psi/sang), or who consider themselves awakened to complete these surveys as possible! Thus far we've received over 550+ responses on the VEWRS alone and another 225+ on the AVEWRS.
If You Have Yet To Complete The VEWRS & AVEWRS Surveys *PLEASE* Take The Time To Complete At Least The VEWRS (1st Survey) & Submit To Us ASAP! Please do not procrastinate... these surveys may at first glance appear lengthy but they go by quickly when you're completing them!
Download Surveys (VEWRS & AVEWRS) From:
E-Mail Completed Surveys (As A File Attachment) To: email@example.com
Troubleshooting: (Text Only Versions - Copy/Paste Survey Format - Any Word Processor Or E-Mail – IF YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE COMPLETING THESE SURVEYS OR VIEWING THEM PLEASE E-MAIL US OR USE LINKS BELOW)
Thank you for your participation, support, and encouragement of others to complete the surveys!
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