History UsefulNotes / Otherkin

2nd Mar '17 1:50:24 AM MrCandle
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There are several variations on the Otherkin phenomenon, but at it's most basic level it can defined as individuals with an overwhelming sense of having the wrong species. What species the the Otherkin do feel like can range from any ordinary animal to [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]], [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]], [[NobleDemon demons]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropes]] and basically [[FantasyKitchenSink every fantastic being under the sun you've ever heard of]] and a considerable number that you haven't. In some cases, the otherkin claim that their experience is similar to that of [[UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}} transgender people]] in that they are born in a body that doesn't match with the way they feel spiritually/intellectually. While some strains of Otherkin do claim their [[IJustWantToBeNormal connection]] to animals is a spiritual one, typically most of the aforementioned animals will be an animal that's [[MarySue currently popular]].

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There are several variations on the Otherkin phenomenon, but at it's its most basic level it can defined as individuals with an overwhelming sense of having the wrong species. What species the the Otherkin do feel like can range from any ordinary animal to [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]], [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]], [[NobleDemon demons]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropes]] and basically [[FantasyKitchenSink every fantastic being under the sun you've ever heard of]] and a considerable number that you haven't. In some cases, the otherkin claim that their experience is similar to that of [[UsefulNotes/{{Transgender}} transgender people]] in that they are born in a body that doesn't match with the way they feel spiritually/intellectually. While some strains of Otherkin do claim their [[IJustWantToBeNormal connection]] to animals is a spiritual one, typically most of the aforementioned animals will be an animal that's [[MarySue currently popular]].
11th Jan '17 6:02:03 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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->'''Ashitaka:''' I am human. So are you.\\
'''San:''' Shut up! I'm a wolf!
-->--''Anime/PrincessMononoke''
10th Sep '16 12:56:56 AM Morgenthaler
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Another subgroup would be vampires/vampyres and [[TheFairFolk Fae]]. These usually have ''no'' connection to UsefulNotes/FurryFandom at all (and associating them with such may be a BerserkButton) because they generally have little or nothing to do with animal motifs. They can also range from people who fully believe themselves to be human but are simply roleplaying, to people who believe that vampire or faerie mythology had a grain of truth to it and that the spiritual archetype describes their feelings/drives/emotions/physical needs, to people who actually believe they ''are'' vampires or faeries. For some this can be a part of religion as well (there is an entire subgroup in NeoPaganism devoted to faerie magick).

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Another subgroup would be vampires/vampyres and [[TheFairFolk Fae]]. These usually have ''no'' connection to UsefulNotes/FurryFandom at all (and associating them with such may be a BerserkButton) because they generally have little or nothing to do with animal motifs. They can also range from people who fully believe themselves to be human but are simply roleplaying, to people who believe that vampire or faerie mythology had a grain of truth to it and that the spiritual archetype describes their feelings/drives/emotions/physical needs, to people who actually believe they ''are'' vampires or faeries. For some this can be a part of religion as well (there is an entire subgroup in NeoPaganism UsefulNotes/NeoPaganism devoted to faerie magick).



Yet another non-animal, non-furry subgroup are the "celestials/angels" and "demons/daemons/chaos entities." Again, these can range from people who are simply roleplaying, to those who believe that mythological and religious stories of spiritual entities have a grain of truth that describes their lived experience, to people who actually believe they are such a being or have invited such a being into themselves. These have had actual varying degrees of acceptance in some recognized religious and mythological systems (some forms of paganism and NeoPaganism embrace and play with the concepts, while some forms of Christianity believe the concepts are real but evil and to be rejected) Due to this, they are actually the most "mainstream" of otherkin and may not even see themselves as part of the "otherkin" community per se - simply as strong believers in a concept of their religion.

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Yet another non-animal, non-furry subgroup are the "celestials/angels" and "demons/daemons/chaos entities." Again, these can range from people who are simply roleplaying, to those who believe that mythological and religious stories of spiritual entities have a grain of truth that describes their lived experience, to people who actually believe they are such a being or have invited such a being into themselves. These have had actual varying degrees of acceptance in some recognized religious and mythological systems (some forms of paganism and NeoPaganism UsefulNotes/NeoPaganism embrace and play with the concepts, while some forms of Christianity believe the concepts are real but evil and to be rejected) Due to this, they are actually the most "mainstream" of otherkin and may not even see themselves as part of the "otherkin" community per se - simply as strong believers in a concept of their religion.
17th Jul '16 1:48:41 AM BinaryStep
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17th Jul '16 1:48:40 AM BinaryStep
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Yet another similar concept is the "fictionkin" or "otaukin," who believe that they are a fictional character, the same way an otherkin believes they are an animal or mythological creature.

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Yet another similar concept is the "fictionkin" or "otaukin," "otakukin," who believe that they are a fictional character, the same way an otherkin believes they are an animal or mythological creature.
25th May '16 7:17:55 PM GuiRitter
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The first documentations about otherkin may go as far back as the Middle Ages during the era in which people were prosecuted because they were werewolves. Back then you could get prosecuted because the neighborhood didn't like you, in which case he attributed werewolvery to you (because what other reasons could you give for the cow that was flat out dead with all organs spattered al over the place). Believe it or not, some people that were prosecuted believed what the neighborhood said and they told all their "deeds" to the court. Scientists later on gathered evidence that in truth, they suffered from "lycantropia" or "werewolf illness".

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The first documentations about otherkin may go as far back as the Middle Ages during the era in which people were prosecuted because they were werewolves. Back then you could get prosecuted because the neighborhood didn't like you, in which case he attributed werewolvery to you (because what other reasons could you give for the cow that was flat out dead with all organs spattered al allall over the place). Believe it or not, some people that were prosecuted believed what the neighborhood said and they told all their "deeds" to the court. Scientists later on gathered evidence that in truth, they suffered from "lycantropia" or "werewolf illness".
26th Apr '16 8:48:29 AM FuzzyBoots
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Yet another similar concept is the "fictionkin," who believe that they are a fictional character, the same way an otherkin believes they are an animal or mythological creature.

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Yet another similar concept is the "fictionkin," "fictionkin" or "otaukin," who believe that they are a fictional character, the same way an otherkin believes they are an animal or mythological creature.
12th Nov '15 7:08:53 PM saevitia
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Yet another similar concept is the "tulpa," which is the total {{defictionalization}} of a fictional character into a real person (either entirely coincidentally - the person who is just like the character just happens to exist, unknown to the creator of the character - or as an intentional effort by a person to make themselves into the image of the character), or the attempt to summon a real, once living person BackFromTheDead by intentionally recreating them (the outright ''real'' way, and the closest thing RealLife has to ''verified'' BackFromTheDead, involves the use of existing audio/video footage of the person, animation, lighting, and special effects work to create a VirtualGhost - the technique used with [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] and Music/TupacShakur to create "live" performance by them long after their deaths. The other way is a very large overlap with the concept of the "walk-in" above, and is ''obviously entirely unverifiable'' and in the realm of occult magick and spiritualism, but it involves a follower of such a belief choosing to recreate themselves as their "walk-in" or the person they wish to maintain the "life" of in some or even ''all'' ways.)

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Yet another similar concept is the "tulpa," which is the total {{defictionalization}} of "fictionkin," who believe that they are a fictional character into a real person (either entirely coincidentally - character, the person who is just like the character just happens to exist, unknown to the creator of the character - or as an intentional effort by a person to make themselves into the image of the character), or the attempt to summon a real, once living person BackFromTheDead by intentionally recreating them (the outright ''real'' way, and the closest thing RealLife has to ''verified'' BackFromTheDead, involves the use of existing audio/video footage of the person, animation, lighting, and special effects work to create a VirtualGhost - the technique used with [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] and Music/TupacShakur to create "live" performance by them long after their deaths. The other same way is a very large overlap with the concept of the "walk-in" above, and is ''obviously entirely unverifiable'' and in the realm of occult magick and spiritualism, but it involves a follower of such a belief choosing to recreate themselves as their "walk-in" or the person an otherkin believes they wish to maintain the "life" of in some are an animal or even ''all'' ways.)
mythological creature.
17th Mar '15 8:14:59 AM nombretomado
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Contrary to popular belief, Otherkin is not directly tied to the FurryFandom. There are Otherkin who are not furries, and vice-versa, and while there are Otherkin furries, it is not a requirement for either group to belong to the other. Many in the Otherkin community tend to dislike furries for "fooling around", and many furries tend to dislike Otherkin for [[SeriousBusiness "taking things too seriously."]]

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Contrary to popular belief, Otherkin is not directly tied to the FurryFandom.UsefulNotes/FurryFandom. There are Otherkin who are not furries, and vice-versa, and while there are Otherkin furries, it is not a requirement for either group to belong to the other. Many in the Otherkin community tend to dislike furries for "fooling around", and many furries tend to dislike Otherkin for [[SeriousBusiness "taking things too seriously."]]



Another subgroup would be vampires/vampyres and [[TheFairFolk Fae]]. These usually have ''no'' connection to FurryFandom at all (and associating them with such may be a BerserkButton) because they generally have little or nothing to do with animal motifs. They can also range from people who fully believe themselves to be human but are simply roleplaying, to people who believe that vampire or faerie mythology had a grain of truth to it and that the spiritual archetype describes their feelings/drives/emotions/physical needs, to people who actually believe they ''are'' vampires or faeries. For some this can be a part of religion as well (there is an entire subgroup in NeoPaganism devoted to faerie magick).

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Another subgroup would be vampires/vampyres and [[TheFairFolk Fae]]. These usually have ''no'' connection to FurryFandom UsefulNotes/FurryFandom at all (and associating them with such may be a BerserkButton) because they generally have little or nothing to do with animal motifs. They can also range from people who fully believe themselves to be human but are simply roleplaying, to people who believe that vampire or faerie mythology had a grain of truth to it and that the spiritual archetype describes their feelings/drives/emotions/physical needs, to people who actually believe they ''are'' vampires or faeries. For some this can be a part of religion as well (there is an entire subgroup in NeoPaganism devoted to faerie magick).
15th Jan '15 4:13:35 PM RevolutionStone
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Yet another similar concept is the "tulpa," which is the total {{defictionalization}} of a fictional character into a real person (either entirely coincidentally - the person who is just like the character just happens to exist, unknown to the creator of the character - or as an intentional effort by a person to make themselves into the image of the character), or the attempt to summon a real, once living person BackFromTheDead by intentionally recreating them (the outright ''real'' way, and the closest thing RealLife has to ''verified'' BackFromTheDead, involves the use of existing audio/video footage of the person, animation, lighting, and special effects work to create a VirtualGhost - the technique used with [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] and Music/TupacShakur to create "live" performance by them long after their deaths. The other way is a very large overlap with the concept of the "walk-in" above, and is ''obviously entirely unverifiable'' and in the realm of occult magick and spiritualism, but it involves a follower of such a belief choosing to recreate themselves as their "walk-in" or the person they wish to maintain the "life" of in some or even ''all'' ways.)
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