An international organization advocating vampirism as the next step in human evolution, promoting individualism and self-empowerment.
The Temple of the Vampire is a unique religious organization established in 1989. Based in the United States, it operates under the legal protections afforded to religions by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Temple represents what it considers to be the authentic Vampire religion, claiming a heritage and authority exclusive to its practices and beliefs. It has garnered a global membership and an internal Priesthood, tasked with preserving and disseminating the Temple’s teachings.
History and Foundation
The Temple of the Vampire was founded in 1989, primarily in the United States, to establish a formal organization for the practice and spread of its beliefs. Initially, membership growth was gradual, but the advent and proliferation of electronic communications facilitated a rapid increase in members. Many of these members were introduced to the Temple through word-of-mouth and social networking on the internet.
Beliefs and Philosophies
Central to the Temple’s doctrine is the belief that vampires represent the next evolutionary step for humanity. The organization views the individual’s value as paramount, surpassing that of any group, tribe, nation, or species. The Temple advocates for individual freedom and empowerment, aiming to enable members to achieve control over their lives through wealth, health, personal power, and the pursuit of unlimited life extension.
The Temple selectively embraces aspects of vampire mythology that align with its principles, such as a reverence for life, the quest for physical immortality, individual elegance, wisdom, civilized behavior, worldly success, and personal happiness. Conversely, it rejects negative or destructive elements often associated with vampire lore, such as anti-life stances, anti-social behavior, and criminal activities.
Practices and Hierarchical Structure
Membership in the Temple begins with an application process, leading to Lifetime Membership and Active Membership. Progression within the organization is marked by the development of what are termed ‘vampiric powers.’ Members can advance to become Vampire Predators and, eventually, Vampire Priests or Priestesses. This Priesthood is privy to the most secretive teachings of the Temple.
The Temple publishes “The Vampire Bible,” a manual of fundamental magical lore accessible to lifetime members. Additionally, it issues “Bloodlines: The Vampire Temple Journal” biennially and “Lifeforce: The International Vampire Forum” monthly. These publications serve as key resources for members to understand and practice the teachings of the Temple.
Modern Presence and Communication
With the rise of the internet and social media, the Temple of the Vampire has expanded its reach globally. It offers live support and training to its members, maintaining an elitist stance while growing its international presence. The organization’s website provides an overview of its principles and serves as the primary communication and recruitment tool for new members.