Hello hello pleaase teach me about otherkin! I'm so uneducated ;o;
Haha well, that’s a broad request!
I’ve gotta do a disclaimer of the fact that I’m one person, don’t have all the answers, and I’ll link to a whole bunch of different stuff in an attempt to balance out my opinion with a range of other people. I’ve only been involved in the therian community for five years, and I have relatively low contact with the otherkin community.
I’m perhaps the wrong person to ask about otherkin, to be honest. As a community, they’re really not my area - I could spout off a history of the therian community, popular blogs, the best forums, articles and etc from the top of my head, but not so much with otherkin ^.^’. I’ll do my best though, and if I have any otherkin followers, please do feel free to jump in, add stuff, correct me and offer information!
I have no idea how much you know already, so I’ll cover the basics and a few extra things, and if you have any questions please feel free to send me an ask - it’ll help! For instance if you’re specifically interested in the origin of the otherkin community, I should probably answer a separate ask about that, and then another one for shifting, then another one for beliefs about causation, my personal therianthropy/beliefs, and so on and so forth.
Otherkin: A person who (partially or fully) identifies on a non-physical level (be that spiritually, psychologically, mentally, etc) as non human. Therian: A person who (partially or fully) identifies on a non-physical level (be that spiritually, psychologically, mentally, etc) as (a) non human (Earth) animal(s)
Other terms that might be of interest: fictive, factive, multiple, theriomythic, polykin, polymorph, sun/syntherian, contherian, cladotherian, polytherian, were, animal-person.
Sometimes people identify as both, and there is some blurring of lines; for instance, people who identify as animalistic otherkin (phoenixes, dragons, gryphons, to name a few) sometimes find they fit in better with the therian community than with the otherkin (and might go by therian or theriomythic accordingly). Identities are quite a mixed bag and often down to personal preference, certainly more so than you’d perhaps expect.
The two communities originated separately, which is a point people often miss. The therian community, or at least the ones we’re aware of, was established around the mid-1990’s, originating on the forum alt.horror.werewolves which was created in 1992. The otherkin community originated around 1972, much earlier, but this was among people who identified as Elves, specifically. This includes groups such as the Elf Queen’s Daughters, and most prominently the Silver Elves. Interestingly the draconic/dragon identified community also started seperately with alt.fan.dragons in 1994.
There’s also a little bit of overlap with the starseed/alien-identified community and the vampiric community, the latter primarily more involved with the therian community and the former more the otherkin community.
Here’s some links to get you going! Please do ask if you have any more questions, although maybe a little more specific, as I feel I could probably write a book in an attempt to summarise the entire premise of otherkin and therianthropes ^.^
The topics I’m (fairly) good at regarding therianthropy are to do with clinical lycanthropy (personal interest of mine) and subjective experiences of therianthropy. I’m really interested in the intersections of therianthropy and mental health, therianthropy and conditions such as autism, therianthropy and gender (and sexuality), as well as psychological and neurobiological explanations for therianthropy.
Oh, and here are two sites of academic groups that are currently researching therianthropy and might be worth keeping an eye on - the TRG and the Anthropomorphic Research Project. Also there’s THETA, which is intended for therapists of therianthropes/otherkin, but contains some pretty neat descriptions and resources regardless of who you are.
(Also my blog which you shouldn’t read because it’s oudated as all hell :P)
(And possibly, if you’re interested in history, I wrote some stuff about werewolf/shapeshifter mythology which can be found here)
A guy named adamvice came into the Otherkinsight IRC chat earlier. He proceeded to ask demographic information that seemed (increasingly) suspicious. From reading the logs that I was shown, I can see that what was asked was likely written up prior. Upon further inspection, this guy works for the video department for vice.com, and may have been conducting an unethical interview, as no prior consent had been given. He currently denies what the staff at Otherkinsight suspect, however I strongly encourage everyone to ignore this person for their own safety. This is a message posted as a precaution. What we believe may or may not be correct.
Confirmed, I just received this email:
My name is Adam, I’m from London, England.
I wanted to get in touch after coming across your site, seeing that you organise meet ups within the Otherkin/ therian community.
Something I think I should tell you off the bat, is that I work for Vice.com, a news and entertainment company.
I’m genuinely interested in Otherkin and the worldwide community that has come to be, and please trust that I am being completely honest and forthgiving with you.
I am looking more deeply into Otherkin now aside from my own personal interest, as I believe it would be an amazing and thought provoking documentary focus, shedding a little more light on something which can often being falsely interpreted.
You should know I’m not asking anything of you, I’m not asking you to be part of this or to tell me the ins and outs of yourself and your community, I just thought from your site you seem to be quite a inviting person who might be willing to speak to me.
For the time being I’d just really like to learn a little more about Otherkin and your community as a whole, I think it’s so interesting and to be fair, I’m a little jealous.
Do you think we could have a chat about this at all?
Any questions or anything like that please tell me.