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Jiang Shi

Jiang Shi (literally "stiff corpse"), sometimes called Chinese vampires by Westerners, are reanimated corpses that hop around, killing living creatures to absorb life essence from their victims. ji'ngsh is pronounced geungsi in Cantonese, gangshi in Korean, and "kyonsh" in Japanese. They are said to be created when a person's soul fails to leave the deceased's body, improper death, suicide, or just wanting to cause trouble. One unusual feature of folklore is their greenish-white furry skin; one theory is this is derived from fungus or mold growing on corpses. They are said to have long white hair all over their heads. The influence of Western vampire stories brought the blood-sucking aspect to the Chinese myth in modern times. In fact, Dracula is translated to Chinese as "blood-sucking ji'ngsh where the thirst of blood is explicitly emphasized because it is not a traditional trait of a ji¨¡ngsh¨©.