Sixteen years ago (1998) in the Otherkin Timeline, Baxil created ” The Draconity FAQ ,” an article about dragon otherkin. Twenty-four years ago (1990) in the Otherkin Timeline, members of the Elfinkind Digest mailing list plan an otherkin gather. They have the gather in the next December.
Perhaps it would be interesting to note that “otherkin” (the term) seems absent from the FAQ. Dragons are not described as otherkin there. Thinking about how dragons back then used to be more their own community and not as much part of the otherkin one like today.
I think it’s important to stress these history bits, and not sort-of rewrite history by erasing them. House of Chimeras probably have more to say on the subject.
That’s true. You’re right, I should probably be more careful about things like that.
While maintaining kintype-specific forums to this day, the Draconity community has been describing itself as part of the otherkin community for a very long time now. From mailing lists such as realdragon and truewyrm, to websites such as draconic.com and draconity.org, and even back to alt.fan.dragons and alfandria. And while it’s true that the FAQ doesn’t mention the term otherkin, Baxil’s page on Draconity which links to the FAQ does: “Draconity is part of a larger phenomenon variously called “therianthropy” (from the Greek word roots therion, beast, and anthropos, human) or “Otherkin” (a created word referring to the community of those who are other than human in spirit). Resources like otherkin.net are also available to help explain the broader idea, and Raki’s Draconity Resource Project is another good starting point.” Variations upon this text have been part of the site since 2003. So I’m not sure what you seem to think is being erased or re-written.
On September 11th 2000, the website Otherkin Resource Center was created with otherkin generally defined as being “people who believe that their souls are not human.” Listed under the section for “Kinds of ‘Kin included “werefolk” under the subsection “shapeshifters”….
Thank-you for the the link to the older version of the website. I saw the copyright, but then got confused based on what was said in the news page.
You’re welcome. Thank you for keeping the memory of that place alive. The ORC was one of the first sites I read on the subject of otherkin when I first found the community, and the very first to plainly state a definition of the term. It was also the best site to go to, for a long time, to find the various mailing lists that at the time made up the bulk of the community. It, and its owner, are missed.
On September 11th 2000, the website Otherkin Resource Center was created with otherkin generally defined as being “people who believe that their souls are not human.” Listed under the section for “Kinds of ‘Kin included “werefolk” under the subsection “shapeshifters”. (Labeling therians under shapeshifters and as mythical creatures in identity likely due to the number of “weres” around that time who considered themselves real life werebeasts or spiritually as werebeasts of some sort.) The link under werefolk also included links to were websites including WereWeb, Shifters.org, Were.net, and the Shapeshifter and Werewolf Handbook which were very popular resources for therians around the early 2000s.
Another interesting thing about the website in relation to therians is that though the term “animalkin” is used it is used to refer to animalistic creatures such as dragons, unicorns, and gryphons.