Needs Help: Tulpa get usage counts
Deadlock Clock: 19th Dec 2012 11:59:00 PM
- Tulpa is essentially an old Buddhist concept: an entity given independent, physical existence by the creator's willpower alone. In this meaning it has more or less persisted to the present day, and in conjunction with other, usually "New Age" stuff (the philosophy of "anything you believe strongly becomes true"—see law of attraction), has taken on the meaning of a being created by the power of belief (or simply by being thought about), whether of one person or many.
- Increasingly over the internet, "tulpa" is also used to refer to, basically, a sapient, self-aware imaginary friend, which can under certain circumstances become visible/hallucinatory to its creator. This shares the name with the Buddhist thing because it's the closest a random schmuck can get to creating another living being from nothing. Some even believe that all claims of actual, physical tulpas are actually only the "creator's" vivid hallucination.
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- A being who seems independent from the person who imagined it, but is really just a projection of the person's thoughts, and relies on them for continued 'existence'; may or may not be visible or tangible to anyone but the creator. (The monster from the id in Forbidden Planet, Dorothy's imaginary friends in Doom Patrol, the tulpa in X Files)
- A being created by a person (or group of people) by imagining it into independent existence by some process or another. (Slenderman, the man created in The Circular Ruins, the Hogfather, quite a lot of beings under Gods Need Prayer Badly, Tlön, Orqwith, Sutter Cane)
- A being who is the spirit of an idea, created by the existence of that idea but not directly connected to the person or people who think of the idea. ('The Zeitgeist', the Candlemaker in Doom Patrol)
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