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I. Kuei
Variations: K'UEI
In China, there is a vampiric demon known asa kuei. Horrific in appearance, it possesses and animates the corpse of the recently deceased. It seeks out bodies that did not have proper burial rites said for them or performed properly. As it ages, the kuei gains the ability to fly with its corpse, but until that time, it is limited as to how it can attack. The kuei is incapable of climbing over even the simplest of walls or fencing.
Source: Latourette, The Chinese, 36, 164; Strickmann, Chinese Magical Medicine, 24 ­26, 72­75; Summers, Vampire: His Kith and Kin, 237; Werne, China of the Chinese, 231­33
II. K'uei
In Chinese vampire lore there are a number of blood-drinking REVENANT and the word that is used to describe them collectively is k'uei, which translates to mean "deficient." The idea of a k'uei being an undead entity stems from the belief that every person has two souls (see UNDEATH). The first soul, hun, is considered to be the superior soul. A person does not receive it until he is born; it enters into his body with his first breath. The second soul, P'O , is seen as the inferior soul. It is present in a human even when he is a fetus, but it merely exists in the body; it is what makes a person alive until he receives his superior soul. When a person dies, his P'O is supposed to leave the body. However, through a variety of methods or reasons, should the P'O not leave the body or if any amount of it stays behind, the k'uei that is created at the time of death will interact with the P'O, causing unlife to occur.
Source: Bunson, Vampire Encyclopedia, 147; Ouellette, Physics of the Buffyverse, 4; Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons, 424

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