(Substituting Christianity in place of Otherkin for hyperbolic effect.)
Are otherkin the new furry?
Only if you mean in the literal sense that one community is a bit younger than the other....
In my first post on Tumblr, I ought to mention that I am a very busy person. With my duties and my projects I am rarely given time to...
I simultaenously think its hilarious, pathetic and fucking repulsive.
In the study of Faerie one will undoubtedly come across an epidemic which I have termed tinkerbellitus. This tragic affliction leads the general populace, when asked to envision a faerie, to almost unwaveringly call forth the image of a small winged humanoid of a good but mischievous demeanor which spreads some sort of weird dust after it that somehow makes childeren disobey the basic principle that we today know as gravity. To put it simple… my response to this is WTF?
This tinkerbellitus is not only a highly inaccurate depiction of faerie in general…it isn’t even true to the actual tinker bell of J. M. Barrie’s famous work Peter Pan. To begin with the book is not really a children’s book… it is quite dark. As a character Tinker Bell actually is a tinker, or a mender of tin pots and other such objects… hence her name. As far as personality goes she is a very jealous and vindictive little bugger. She tries to get Wendy murdered more than once.. including getting the lost boys to make a pincushion out of her with arrows and even tries to poison her. Hardly the stereotypical friendly little thing of Disney folklore, no?
This is bad enough, the real problem is when people start applying Disney’s childified concepts to actual fae lore. In actual lore Fae of all kinds, trooping, solitary, seelie, unseelie, or however you wish to break them down are known to at best be fickle in temperament (such as the seelie) or at worse prone to harming humans simply because its good sport (Think of the unseelie in general or more specifically the Sluagh). To offend them was to guarantee death or torment in some manner unless immediate reparations were made..and you were lucky. The names for faerie (such as the fair folk) were used as a means of trying to placate the infamous temperaments of the Faerie through flattery, actually. For this same reason offerings of milk, ale, and other such things were often left for the Faerie.
I am running on and on I suppose.. but in short. people. seriously. Do me two favors. (1#) Go read actual traditional lore.. then (2#) actually go read the proper Peter Pan and use Tinker Bell as she actually exists in the proper literary sense if you insist on using her as a reference point for faerie.
got it? kthxbai. ^^
On Wednesday, April 4th I posted that we had reached 34 articles from a starting point of 17 on Monday, April 2nd.
Today I’m happy to announce that we have redoubled that number again, today reaching 69 articles.
As I said in my previous post, many of these articles are quite sparse. There’s a lot of work to be done to flesh them out, and a vast number of articles still to be added. So I’m putting out another request for help. Join us, help us reach our next milestone of 136 articles.
Share with us your websites, forums, chats. Your gathers, minigathers, and meetups. Share with us your knowledge of the community, its terms, and the people who make it up. As I’ve said before: This is our encyclopedia, written for our community by our community and about our community. Let’s make it everything it can be.
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