Shunamism which is sometime referred to as Shunamatism is said to be an ancient form of psychic vampirism.  A practice that can be traced back to biblical ages particularly those accounts associated to King David.  The method is said to heal the ill and also to prolong the life of an individual.

The method was mentioned in a book of the Bible:
 1 Kings 1: 1-31 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. 2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thybosom, that my lord the king may get heat.  3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.  
Shunamism involves an elderly person sharing a bed with someone younger for sexual purposes.  The belief involves that the body heat is a form of life force that could extend the life of someone and that the body heat of a youth can be transferred to someone by having sex.

The practice of Shunamism lasted up to the 1800s though at that time, an elderly person sharing a bed with a younger person is considered appropriate just as long as it was done with the opposite sex.

The belief of Shunamism survived up to this day, that an older man can withstand the test of time by having a sexual intercourse with a younger woman or with a virgin.  Those men who believe that life force can be transferred in a form of sex are considered a psychic vampire.


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