theangrylionshark:

liongoatsnake is responsible for this awesome video regarding the history of the otherkin community. Educate yourselves! Also check out frameacloud's otherkin timeline:

 https://sites.google.com/site/frameacloud/otherkin_and_therianthropes/otherkin_timeline_abridged

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Otherkin generalizations and diversity

theangrylionshark:

frameacloud:

Summary: Here are some examples of the diversity of beliefs in the otherkin community. These should clear up the misconceptions shown in common inaccurate generalizations about otherkin.

There are many kinds of otherkin, with many kinds of beliefs about themselves. (In this article, I’m using…

The only point I’m going to disagree on is that not all otherkin know they have human bodies. Some reject this fact and do not like to be or want to be referred to as human, but everyone certainly should be aware of their present physical reality. If they aren’t, a DNA test can clear it up for them. Any person who doesn’t believe that they are physically human is engaging in delusional thinking and shouldn’t be using otherkin to avoid seeking help for a mental illness that will almost certainly be impairing their ability to function in their human life and in human society.

Theangrylionshark, I don’t think you understood my post. Please reread it more carefully. Especially the third to last paragraph.

posted: 4 hours ago
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i read that as 'otherkin have been around since 1960s', actually. but I'm not otherkin,and i don't know. is that date true, by the way? I'm curious. thank you!
arsenicglitter


Arsenicglitter, that’s a very keen observation that I missed. Thank you. Maybe the handwriting does say 1960s. Another person commenting on it thought it said 1900 as well. If it does say 1960s it’s… not wrong. During my research, I found anecdotal/interview evidence of otherkin groups gathering in the late 1960s. The hard, verified documentation starts in 1975, based on what I managed to find in the library’s microfilm archives of magazines published during that year.

Serpentopia, if you meant to write 1960s, and I just misinterpreted you, I apologize.


posted: 8 hours ago
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Otherkin generalizations and diversity

Summary: Here are some examples of the diversity of beliefs in the otherkin community. These should clear up the misconceptions shown in common inaccurate generalizations about otherkin.

There are many kinds of otherkin, with many kinds of beliefs about themselves. (In this article, I’m using “otherkin” to mean both otherkin and therianthropes, because we don’t have another word that means both.) I’ve been active in the otherkin community for more than ten years, so I speak from experience about this. Each of the examples I give here are from more than one otherkin who I have known.

  • There are otherkin who don’t like being called non-human, because they know their bodies are human, and they think of themselves as human in many important ways. There are also otherkin who don’t like being called human, and call themselves non-human. There are even otherkin who think their bodies aren’t altogether human.
  • There are those who say they’re otherkin because they have the soul of another kind of creature. There are also otherkin who think that their soul couldn’t be that different from any other person’s. There are even otherkin who don’t believe in personal souls at all.
  • There are those who think of their otherkin identity as their gender. (For example, “My gender is elf.”) There are also otherkin who don’t feel like being otherkin has anything to do with their gender.
  • There are otherkin who are adamant that being otherkin isn’t a mental illness, and that they aren’t mentally ill in any way. There are also otherkin who say they have mental illnesses, themselves. There are even otherkin who think that being otherkin is a mental illness, or at least a mental difference.

You can disagree with any or all of the above views that otherkin have held. You even have the right to feel angry, offended, or concerned about them. What’s important is that you need to acknowledge that there are otherkin who have such different views than one another. This diversity does exist in the otherkin community.

Please take the above into consideration before you make generalizations about otherkin. It’s not accurate to say “all otherkin know they have human bodies,” because quite a few of them don’t. It’s not right to say “otherkin are defined as people with non-human souls,” because many otherkin don’t believe that. It’s not true to say “no otherkin have mental illnesses,” because plenty do.

I’m tired of seeing one person after another write inaccurate generalizations about otherkin. Those writers don’t know any better. They haven’t had enough experience with parts of the community that believe different things than they do. I hope this clears up some misconceptions.

posted: 8 hours ago
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serpentopia:

one of my friends was curious so i made this

Serpentopia, I hope “1900” is either a misspellling of “1990,” or you have some evidence that I would very much like to see for when I write the next edition of my book that I wrote about the history of the otherkin community, the Otherkin Timeline. (The book is available to read online in its entirety for free, in order to educate and keep the community in touch with what is concretely known about its origins.) If you do have some leads or documentation about the otherkin community earlier than 1970, would you please share it with me, Serpentopia?

serpentopia:

one of my friends was curious so i made this

Serpentopia, I hope “1900” is either a misspellling of “1990,” or you have some evidence that I would very much like to see for when I write the next edition of my book that I wrote about the history of the otherkin community, the Otherkin Timeline. (The book is available to read online in its entirety for free, in order to educate and keep the community in touch with what is concretely known about its origins.) If you do have some leads or documentation about the otherkin community earlier than 1970, would you please share it with me, Serpentopia?

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spiritleaf:

A deer that catches stars in its antlers

spiritleaf:

A deer that catches stars in its antlers

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i feel small; but so are stars from a distance."
— ten word poem, i. (via somniloquencee)

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Stained glass elven star by Elemental Heart on Etsy.

Stained glass elven star by Elemental Heart on Etsy.

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Is otherkin like you're actually an animal or is it like you identify strongly with a certain animal? (I'm so sorry if this is rude, I'm just curious)
Anonymous


dannysdramarama:

superfurlock:

actually from what i understand it’s either one! and it doesn’t just have to be an animal, it can be other things as well. i have the actual definition here somewhere, i’ll post it in a second ok?

#mailfox

Identifying WITH an animal is called animal-hearted.

Identifying AS an animal is called a therian.

Identifying WITH something nonhuman is called other-hearted.

Identifying AS something nonhuman is called otherkin.


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"The magical Theban text inscribed along this cuff reads, 'Faerie star, cast your light, shield me both day and night,seven powers to balance me, as I will it, so shall it be.’”
Aluminum bracelet printed with faerie star by Mickie Mueller Studio on Etsy.

"The magical Theban text inscribed along this cuff reads,
'Faerie star, cast your light, shield me both day and night,
seven powers to balance me, as I will it, so shall it be.’”

Aluminum bracelet printed with faerie star by Mickie Mueller Studio on Etsy.

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