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Some highlights of what I posted to the Otherkin News Twitter (@otherkinnews) during the last few months.

About otherkin

Vice magazine ran an article about otherkin.

Journal of Language Works published an article on nounself pronouns. Cites the Nonbinary.org wiki and mentions otherkin.

Published in March, the book Youth Cultures in America briefly mentions otherkin.

A review of Danielle Kirby's book Fantasy and Belief, which writes about otherkin.

Due to the anti-transgender bathroom bills in the US during these months, newspapers ran anti-transgender opinion articles. As usual, some tried to undermine transgender people by comparing them to "trans-species." Some writers knew about otherkin, others didn’t. Cissexist hate speech isn’t worth featuring here.

Transhumanism

Cyborg artist Neil Harbisson said at a transhumanist event, "I consider myself a transspecies because I’m adding senses and organs that other species have."

Art and glamourbombs

You know the intro scene in FernGully, with the cave wall covered in handprints from humans and tiny fairies? It's based on some actual cave art, which does feature handprints just like that. The tinier prints weren't human hands. Not fairies, either, though.

The Merrylin Cryptid Museum featured preserved remains of dragons, fairies, and other beings, all created by artist Alex CF. Since it's a hoax-like exhibit, Snopes explained it.

Snopes also had to address a viral photo of baby dragons being reintroduced to Wales, which originated as a Photoshop contest winner.
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Content warnings: None.

On 2015-02-11, the Den Theater in Chicago, Illinois will have a stage performance about otherkin, Glick's Kin Folk. As far as I know, this is the first stage performance about otherkin, by that name. Description from The New Colony Side Stage:

"Staged Reading of Kin Folk
"February 11, 2015, 7:29PM
"Written by William Glick
"Directed by Evan Linder

"After being recently orphaned, Lucy must reimagine her life. She decides to come out of the closet and reveal her true identity to her family: a dragon named Kreeka. After the announcement, Lucy is more alone than she has ever been, and she must ultimately choose between her family and a new community known as Otherkin. On her journey, she meets a young man claiming to be an elf, a giant gnome named Blubberwort, and a werewolf from Montana who shows her what it means to lead a life driven by a belief in the fantastic.

"Featuring Kate Carson-Groner, Chris Fowler, Sarah Gitenstein, Andrew Hobgood, Steve Love, Liz Sharpe and Stephanie Shum."

Hopefully some otherkin in the Chicago area can see this performance and tell how they feel it represented them. In the comments, please give links to any forum threads, blog posts, or reviews of this event.
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Content warnings: none.

May 19. A blogger named Sarah "SapphireWind" Cluck wrote an informal article called "Have you heard of therianthropes or otherkin?" She explains what therianthropes and otherkin are, and tells about her own experience as a dragon otherkin.
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Content warnings: Creationism.

Last August: A young-earth Creationist named Darek Isaacs published a book titled Dragons or Dinosaurs, in which he argues that dragons were real, and that they were dinosaurs living with humans.

Previously on Otherkin News: Dragon exhibit in Creationist museum.

Source


Eric Dolan, "Creationist explains why dragons are actually real creatures." 2013-08-14. The Raw Story (news site). http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/14/creationist-explains-why-dragons-are-actually-real-creatures/
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Content warnings: For this article, none. For the linked site: Body dysmorphia, and essay about recovering from an eating disorder (anorexia).

August: Khamaseen revived their personal web-site, Feral Limbo. The web-site contains their essays about their personal draconity and chimerical therianthropy. This includes "Body being: my experience of phantom limbs," and an essay each about their experiences of being marbled cat, giraffe, and horned owl. Khamaseen plans to further improve the site.

Source


Khamaseen, Feral Limbo. http://www.ferallimbo.com/
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Content warnings: For this post, as well as for the podcast itself: much about spirituality. Mild ableism. Questions about how being otherkin compares with being transgender. Some additional content warnings for the podcast only: Brief mild adult humor. Brief mentions of drugs. Brief mentions of alcohol.

Summary: A furry podcast interviewed a therian wolf who claims to practice an ancient animal-based faith, and an otherkin dragon who expresses himself through fur-suiting.



August 25: Fur What It’s Worth, a podcast series that is “an introduction and immersion into the furry fandom,” interviewed a therianthrope and an otherkin. In the "Therians & Otherkin" episode, the hosts say they are completely unfamiliar with therianthropy, but somewhat familiar with otherkin. The hosts’ attitudes are respectful, easygoing, interested, and friendly. There’s no transcript, so I’ll summarize the relevant parts of the podcast, using direct quotes whenever possible.

The interview with an therianthrope starts at 8:00 and concludes at 31:41. The therianthrope is Wolf (which is his legal name), 51, is very active in the furry fandom. He attends furry conventions, and is a published author of furry fiction.

Wolf calls himself a therian deist, which he says is an ancient pre-Babylonian (and therefore prehistoric) spiritual faith. He says that in that “faith,” humans are considered the highest animals, and try to learn from animals how to be better humans, by mimicking the virtues of animals. He claims that Catholics called practitioners of this spiritual tradition “lycans.” Wolf says that the biggest misconception about therians is that they are shape-shifters, which he says is a belief of Catholic origin. He says some therians have spiritual connections to animal totems. He says he and a group of other therians are in the process of gathering supplies to build a spiritual retreat for therians “of like faith.” He denies that it’s a temple. He says the faith is based around “breaking the three animal rules: 1) Me first. 2) Pack (family) second. 3) Everyone else.” In therian deism, one tries to “become a better human,” and “better than the animals,” by reversing the order of these rules. He looks at this in context with worship of animal gods and guides around the world.

Wolf mentions that some therians think of themselves as animals in spirit, but otherwise he doesn’t refer to therianthropy as an identity at all, but as a “faith.” The therian faith he describes is not something that I have seen in the therian community. He doesn’t seem to be talking about the same thing as they are at all. I haven’t heard the phrase “therian deist” before, and Googling it (with quotes) only brings up eight results, where it’s used by this same Wolf. Despite Wolf’s claims, it appears that this “ancient faith” is something he invented. The slang “lycans” is a sign that influence from pop fiction is involved. Inventing one’s own spirituality is fine, even with pop culture influences, but when people claim that new spiritualities are ancient, I consider it my duty as a historian to question those claims.

The interview with an otherkin starts at 36:44 and concludes at 1:02:40. This interview is with YuuRyuu, a dragon otherkin. This is YuuRyuu’s second interview on Fur What It’s Worth. YuuRyuu speaks of his dragon self as a “character,” and says he developed his own species of dragon. He’s been very active in the furry fandom for four years.

YuuRyuu gives the usual definitions for otherkin and its difference from therianthropes. When asked to define what otherkin means to him, YuuRyuu said there’s a lot of variety in how people define it. For himself, he explained that when he was a small child, he consciously knew that his reflection in the mirror was him, but subconsciously felt it was wrong. He’d prefer to see a dragon. Wearing a fur-suit (animal costume) of his dragon character makes that possible, which gives him a sense of mental release from the tension of feeling that his reflection is wrong. He’s not aware of any other specific otherkin who use fur-suits that way. For him, being otherkin is “just a quirk in my brain,” not something he can explain. He grew up having “a disconnect between what I looked like and what my brain wanted to see.” He says he’s experienced phantom limbs only after wearing the fur-suit for a while.

The host asks, “Are you a human who has a spirit of a dragon, or are you a dragon?” YuuRyuu replies, “I am a dragon. It is totally mental. I don’t believe in spirits or anything like that.” As such, he hasn’t personally experienced some of the paranormal phenomena that the hosts had heard of as linked with otherkin. He says he’d initially been hesitant to call himself otherkin, saying he was “borderline otherkin. … I don’t want people to think I’m crazy, but I want to be honest with myself.” After deciding to simply call himself otherkin, he hasn’t had any troubling reactions from people about it. He and the hosts agree that one of the good things about the furry community is that it’s so accepting. People in the furry fandom don’t get upset over hearing of one another’s unusual personal quirks.

The hosts ask YuuRyuu how being otherkin compares to being transgender. YuuRyuu says he’s been timid to consider the similarities, not wanting to offend anyone, but he does think the mirror experience is similar. He says he feels more confident about the analogy after reading some points made by a transgender furry interviewee. I recognize his description of Kotaku’s interview with illustrator Egypt Urnash, which I summarized in an earlier Otherkin News article.

Both interviews were conducted gracefully, and their contents were insightful and interesting. Wolf described a unique animal-based faith, and YuuRyuu gave an example of why an otherkin enjoys activities associated with the furry fandom.



Sources


Roo and Tugs, “S3 Episode 6 – Therian & Otherkin.” Fur What It’s Worth (blog) 2013-08-25. http://www.furwhatitsworth.com/?p=2029

Roo and Tugs, “Therians & Otherkin.” Fur What It’s Worth (podcast audio) 2013-08-25 (series 3, episode 6). Accessed 2013-08-31.
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Content warnings: None.

August 25: Administrators of Draconity.org are looking for more staff for their web-site. They want help with running their newsletter, wiki, movie night, and contests. The closing date for applications will be on this September 22.

Draconity.org is a web-site for otherkin who identify as dragons. The site has a forum http://www.draconity.org/index.php and a wiki. http://wiki.draconity.org The wiki is more specifically about otherkin, whereas the forum is open to anyone who likes dragons.

If you're interested, read the job descriptions and apply.



Source


Aurelia, “New staff-with-a-twist applications!” 2013-08-25. Draconity.org. http://www.draconity.org/index.php/topic,8623.0.html
(A public forum post by a site administrator.)
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Content warnings: None.

August 16: A dragon otherkin who goes by the moniker Dragonslorefury wrote an article to address some of the common questions that people have when they first hear about otherkin. Posted on Dragonslorefury’s personal blog on Tumblr.com, the article is titled “An FAQ on Otherkin for the Perplexed Observer.” Dragonslorefury’s article addresses issues of escapism, the difference between otherkin and therianthropes, and the role of Tumblr in the otherkin community. Dragonslorefury supports this with references from writings on otherkin by other authors, including Lupa's book A Field Guide to Otherkin.



Source


Dragonslorefury, “An FAQ on Otherkin for the Perplexed Observer.” 2013-08-16. Just An’Otherkin. http://justanotherkin.tumblr.com/post/58429596952/an-faq-on-otherkin-for-the-perplexed-observer
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Trigger warnings: None.

July: There's a new online forum for otherkin people who identify as dragons (also called dragonkin).1 It’s called The Dragonkin Lair. The forum "focuses on draconity alone."2 Other topics of conversation-- even other kinds of spirituality often linked with otherkin-- are considered off-topic. The forum is only meant for dragonkin, but "you are welcome to join even if you aren't otherkin."3



Sources


(The below sources are public "sticky posts" made by the administrator of the forum in question. They serve as the FAQ for the forum. They're not casual conversations, as other forum threads could be. For these reasons, I consider it ethical to cite from them.)

1. Razkhel (administrator of The Dragonkin Lair), “What is a dragonkin?” The Dragonkin Lair. 2013-07-02. http://dragonkinlair.forumotion.com/t1-what-is-a-dragonkin

2. Razkhel, “Rules of the dragonkin lair; read this before posting!” 2013-07-02. The Dragonkin Lair. http://dragonkinlair.forumotion.com/t6-the-rules-of-the-dragonkin-lair-read-this-before-posting

3. Razkhel, “The dragonkin lair is not a therian, fictionkin or multiplicity forum.” 2013-07-02. The Dragonkin Lair. http://dragonkinlair.forumotion.com/t4-the-dragonkin-lair-is-not-a-therian-fictionkin-or-multiplicity-forum
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Trigger warnings: Religion. Dragon-slaying. Dangerous bodies of water.

July: An anthropologist called EsoterX, in their blog of research about monsters in mythology and folklore, posted a new research article about dragon-slaying in medieval France. EsoterX argues that the "dragons" in these myths were, in reality, dangerous bodies of water, such as floods and whirlpools. In allegory, the saints "slew" these "dragons" by building levees. Later, the allegory was lost, and the myths were taken literally.

This article is not about otherkin. However, it could be of interest to otherkin who identify as dragons, or for whom dragons figure significantly in their spirituality or personal mythology.


Source


EsoterX, "Dragons Check In, But They Don’t Check Out: Saintly Medieval Pest Control in France." 2013-07-21. EsoterX: If Monsters Don't Exist, Why Are They Out To Get Me? http://esoterx.com/2013/07/21/dragons-check-in-but-they-dont-check-out-saintly-medieval-pest-control-in-france
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Trigger warnings: a skull, but it’s fake. Video shown above has loud melodramatic music.

July: A forty foot dragon skull appears to have washed ashore on a beach in Dorset, England. “In reality, it's a sculpture put together by Blinkbox to promote the third season of Game of Thrones […] It took a team of three sculptors over two months to design, construct, and paint.” The video shown above shows how the artists made the statue.



Source

George Dvorsky, “Did a massive dragon just wash ashore along England’s Jurassic coast?” 2013-07-18. io9. http://io9.com/did-a-massive-dragon-just-wash-ashore-along-englands-j-824242790
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Dragonkin by Lavie Tidhar, published by Tor Books, is a work of fiction dealing directly with the otherkin community and our beliefs, and what would happen if something happened which allowed us to take our true forms.  It deals with aspects of the otherkin community from awakening to headmates and otakukin.  Some liberties have, however, been taken with the addition of speculative additional kintypes not typically represented among the real otherkin community.

I'm not personally a fan of mixing genuine otherkin terminology and beliefs with fantasy in this manner, I think it makes it that much harder for people to find non-fictional information, but it is quite well written and worth a look. 
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Trigger warnings: Conflict between religion and science.

May: The Creation Museum, a well-funded museum promoting Christian young-earth creationist views on history and biology, located in Petersburg, Kentucky, announced that it will install a new exhibit about dragons. The museum is advertising it with billboards in several cities. The exhibit will be about dragons in global mythology and legend. Young-earth creationists believe that dinosaurs lived alongside humans. The exhibit suggests that old myths about dragons might really be about dinosaurs.

Doubtful News, a skeptical current events blog, expresses dismay about this exhibit for several reasons.

The teaser for the exhibit says that it will contain a great deal of original artwork, including "two large colorful dragons from China." The museum is famous for, among other things, the high quality and professionalism of its artwork. The museum's web-site says the exhibit will open "soon," but another page said it was going to open back on the weekend of May 24-25, so maybe it was postponed?

I'm not aware of any young-earth creationists in the otherkin, therianthrope, or dragon communities. I am aware of a lot of dragon mythology enthusiasts and Christians here, though, so maybe this will be of interest.


Sources


idoubtit, "Creation Museum invokes DRAGONS! Ooooh, scary!!!" 2013-06-23. Doubtful News. http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/06/creation-museum-invokes-dragons-ooooh-scary

"Bring forth the dragons!" 2013-05-07. Creation Museum. http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/blogs/creation-museum/2013/05/07/bring-forth-the-dragons

"Dragon invasion." Creation Museum. http://creationmuseum.org/whats-here/exhibits/dragon-invasion/

Ken Ham, "'Dragon Invasion' Coming to Creation Museum." 2013-05-15. Creation Museum. http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2013/05/15/dragon-invasion-coming-creation-museum
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[Video description: live action. Illuminated by spotlight in darkness, a flying dragon circles a castle, spitting a firework. It looks pretty realistic.]

Trigger warnings: Fire, mildly spooky imagery.

Excerpt from article about this dragon on io9: “Disney World constructed a life-size, fire-breathing dragon and flew it around the Magic Kingdom.” The io9 article shows the patent illustrations for the dragon-shaped flying machine. See the DisneyDragons Tumblr blog associated with the dragon project, where they presented the performance as a hoax, complete with footprints and eggshells, which the more in-depth article by Gizmag explains was part of “a small viral marketing campaign” to promote the ultralight aircraft in question.

- O. Scribner
(Originally posted by O. Scribner (frameacloud) on Tumblr on 2012-12-16.)
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Trigger warnings: death; not graphic.

Anne McCaffrey died at age 85 on November 21, 2011. She was the author of the “Dragonriders of Pern” science fantasy novel series, which is regarded fondly by many dragon fans and dragon otherkin.

Source

Christopher Priest, “Anne McCaffrey obituary.” November 23, 2011. The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/nov/23/anne-mccaffrey-obituary
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Trigger warnings: carnivorous animals; not graphic.

In 2004, archaeologists discovered fossil remains of a one meter tall homid species on the island of Flores. Although now extinct, Homo floresiensis had co-existed with Homo sapiens, and for this reason oral literature survives among the indigenous people of the island, describing Homo floresiensis as a little people who are hairy, uncommunicative, and cave-dwelling. Anthropologists had previously misinterpreted these as folktales about imaginary creatures. Aptly enough, the archaeologists came to nickname Homo floresiensis the “hobbits,” after an uncannily similar humanoid species invented in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels. Tolkien’s hobbits are a hairy, meter-tall people who live in underground houses, negotiate with giant eagles, and trick a fearsome dragon.

According to the Scientific American, latest discovery related to the hobbits regards the fossils of birds from the same cave as the hobbits themselves. This includes a carnivorous stork twice the height of a hobbit, increasing our picture of the contemporary ecology of Flores, which also included Komodo dragons (large carnivorous monitor lizards) and stegodonts (small elephants). The Scientific American article describes the relationship of these creatures in the ecology:

“It’s entirely possible, Meijer says, that dragons, hobbits, storks and vultures were competing for Stegodon parts, although this remains a speculative scenario. (Likewise it is theoretically possible that the giant stork fed on hobbits, but evidence of such an encounter has yet to surface.)”


For those of us who always longed to move into Tolkien’s novels and never come back, please take note that this is what science about the real world sounds like. Isn’t it wonderful?

Source )
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Trigger warnings: none that I can think of.

November 15, 2011, Wales. The red dragon on the Welsh flag refers to an event from Arthurian legend, supposedly having taken place around the 5th century. In a battle between two dragons, the defending red dragon conquered the invading white dragon, which witness Merlin interpreted as a good omen.

The Arthurian legends often specify real locations where legendary events occurred. According to the legend, the dragon battle happened at the hill of Dinas Emrys, which is located in what is now an area of largely fallow farmland called Llyndy Isaf.

This November, the National Trust successfully raised £1 million to purchase Llyndy Isaf in order to protect it from commercial developers. It will be preserved for future generations as a wilderness area and park, with hiking trails and camp sites.

- O. Scribner

Sources


Welsh flag depicting red dragon.

Steven Morris, “Llyndy Isaf farm in Wales saved by National Trust after £1m appeal.” November 15, 2011. The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/nov/16/llyn-dinas-saved-by-national-trust

Image shown is the Welsh flag. This rendition by Tobias Jakobs is from a free open source clip art gallery, OpenClipArt.org. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Wales_2.svg
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Trigger warnings for this article: surgical body modification, body issues, gender issues, mental health.

Here's a list of some new projects, articles, blogs, and translations from the past few months. (And, in some cases, some that I discovered only in the past few months, but which existed earlier than that. I assume they could use a little publicity.) I intend to post a summary of new otherkin creations of this kind each month from now on. The highlights of the projects listed here include: plans to bring recognition for otherkin by means of something resembling the OpenID system, a couple articles about surgical body modification for otherkin, and several articles exploring whether being otherkin should be diagnosed as a mental variation.


NEW PROJECTS

Tsu, a winged person, is collecting entries for the first issue of a new otherkin ’zine, The Forest Voice. Tsu told me via e-mail that when finished, this will be available in both PDF and print-on-demand. The theme for the issue is “walking man’s road: the difficulty of living as nonhuman in the human world.” Do you have any writing or art to offer?
Trigger warnings: homesickness, but it's not currently described in a vivid way.

Spectrum-X, a mage, wants to write a “directory on post-human/species modification,” an organized collection of links that tell how people can physically transform themselves by means of virtual reality, costumes, and surgery. Send ideas! There’s not much to see there yet, but the directory will be at this web-site.
Trigger warnings: body issues, surgery. Currently not graphic, but may become graphic later.


NEW ARTICLES

Feathertail’s otherkin FAQ,” by Feathertail, 2011-10-05,
Another introduction to otherkin, this one offering genuinely common questions with quite brief answers, well organized in sections: the basics; how to relate to otherkin; otherkin and religion; otherkin-ness and you.
Trigger warnings: none that I can think of.

“‘Non-human,’” by an anonymous bird otherkin, 2011-10-30.
On problems with calling ourselves “non-human:” it defines us by what we are not; and it denies our humanity, which is not the best solution.
Trigger warnings: none that I can think of.

The skeptical otherkin #1: ‘Otherkin are delusional,’” by Feathertail, 2011-10-17.
An otherkin considers various aspects of how one can argue that otherkin are delusional.
Trigger warnings: mental health issues, ableist language.

The skeptical otherkin #2: Relatively speaking,” by Feathertail, 2011-10-22.
Should otherkin be silenced so the concept won’t spread? Examining a slippery slope fallacy.
Trigger warnings: vividly describes religious intolerance.

Transspecies diagnosis,” by Rua, 2011-09-27.
Rua, a sidhe, argues that the DSM-IVTR criterion for gender identity disorder (transgender) matches otherkin so closely that one need only swap the word “gender” for “species.” Rua argues that if we could get transspecies recognized as a mental “disorder,” it could be a step toward getting otherkin accepted as something for real… and acknowledges that this would be sort of an ironic way of accomplishing this.
Trigger warnings: gender issues, body issues, mental health issues, ableist language.

Redefining p-shifting,” by Tsu, 2011-10-25.
Tsu argues that otherkin should consider surgery and virtual reality as a real way to attain physical transformation. Gives a few speculative examples.
Trigger warnings: body issues, surgery. Not graphic.

I love you all; how can I help,” by Feathertail, 2011-10-21.
Forming plans to create an OpenID system for non-human avatars in virtual and augmented reality, as a way for otherkin to achieve mainstream recognition.
Trigger warnings: none that I can think of.

Here’s how I can help,” by Feathertail, 2011-10-25
Sequel to the above article.
Trigger warnings: none that I can think of.

Deconstruction of an idea,” by Feathertail, 2011-11-09.
Further thoughts on how to create an OpenID system for non-human avatars. Considering the role of a personality quiz in constructing such a thing.
Trigger warnings: none that I can think of.

More on tagging,” by Feathertail, 2011-11-12.
Further thoughts on how to create an OpenID system for non-human avatars.
Trigger warnings: none that I can think of.

“The otherkin (Die Anderen - Otherkin),” by Apu Kuntur (Stefan N. K.), no date.
A dragon/seraphim otherkin points out the connection between dragons and angels: seraphim, the Biblical “fiery flying serpents.”
Original German, and English translation.
Trigger warnings: vivid description of metaphysical experiences.

“I, an angel? Flying With Angel Wings - The Path to Myself (Ich, ein Engel? Auf Engelsflügeln zur Erkenntnis),” by Apu Kuntur (Stefan N. K.), no date.
More thoughts on the similarities of dragons and angelic seraphim.
Original German, and English translation.
Trigger warnings: vivid description of metaphysical experiences.


NEW FOREIGN-LANGUAGE ARTICLES

Pride – ett tal (Pride—a speech),” by Susitar, 2011-08-06.
(In Swedish.) Transcript of a speech about therianthropy, delivered at a Pride event by a wolf therian.
Trigger warnings: gender issues, body issues.

Ich bin ein Drache (Die Otherkin-FAQ) (I am a dragon [The otherkin FAQ]),” by Apu Kuntur (Stefan N. K.), no date.
(In German.) Based on, but not completely a translation of, Baxil’s Draconity FAQ in English.
Trigger warnings: ableism.


NEW TRANSLATIONS OF ARTICLES FROM ENGLISH INTO FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Laopa produced a Spanish translation of Wolf Van Zandt’s article "History of therianthropy and the therian community," which was originally in English.
Trigger warnings: mental health, metaphysics, brief description of some unhappy conflicts in the community.

Smokowatość FAQ (Draconity FAQ),” by Baxil, Polish translation by Nufuwyr.
About those who call themselves dragons.
Trigger warnings: ableism.


NEW BLOGS

Kin Diet, by (author not stated?), first post 2011-10-02.
A collection of recipes selected to please various types of otherkin and therians.
Trigger warnings: this link sometimes describes and includes photographs of foods likely to make certain readers feel uncomfortable, including meat and blood.

- O. Scribner
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Trigger warnings for this article: rejection of a work of art, "Christian values." Work-safe.

Last October, a bronze statue was installed in the city of Varna, Bulgaria. It’s atop a fountain, in front of a swimming complex. The statue depicts a loving pair of dragons, standing on their hind legs, gently handing a golden egg from the one to the other. They were sculpted by Eugene Ivanov (Евгений Иванов).

Although their attitude is peaceful and charming, controversy arose around them because they’re such an atypical portrayal of dragons in public art. Being accustomed to dragons being used strictly as a symbol of evil, some residents of Varna—the committee of Orthodox values—organized a petition for the removal of the statue, claiming that it’s a desecration of Christian values.

In my opinion, it’s a pleasing and skillfully made statue, although I don’t know what legend goes with it, if any. If Varna doesn’t keep it, I hope they send it to a nice artistic town, someplace multicultural, where the residents are more familiar with legends of benevolent dragons.

I haven’t been successful in finding the title of the statue, a site for the artist, or any additional news articles. It’s probably out there, but it’s in Bulgarian. I'd appreciate any help.

- O. Scribner

Sources


Video of statue from various angles, and news article source for the text (in Bulgarian).

Still photo and source for artist's name.

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