Origin: Chinese folklore
Jiang Shi, which means ‘stiff corpse’, were animated corpses, brought back by Taoist priests. They were hired by families who could not afford to travel to the deceased, so the animated corpse could ‘hop’ back. In many contemporary Chinese vampire movies, a Jiang Shi could be put to sleep by attaching a piece of yellow paper with a spell written on it onto its forehead.
Jiang Shi could also be created by a dead body not decomposing, if the person’s soul refuses to leave, or if they suffered a premature burial.