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[identity profile] jarandhel.livejournal.com
On September 30, 2014, the program Hack by Australian national radio broadcaster Triple J aired an episode entitled "What's a Therian?"  In it, two Australian dragon therians were interviewed - if I am hearing them correctly, their names are Mosskinchar and Renthae.

The original story was at http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/stories/s4097695.htm but for some reason is no longer showing up properly on my browser.  An archived copy is available here: http://archive.today/AdAuR  The written text of the article is in addition to the audio, not a transcript of it.  The audio may currently be found here: https://soundcloud.com/triple-j-hack/whats-a-therian
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Trigger warnings: For this article, none.

Book cover.
2013: Jay Johnston, senior lecturer of the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney, published a chapter about otherkin in a book. The book, Animal Death, is an academic non-fiction book about animal rights and the relations between humans and animals. The chapter is titled "On having a furry soul: Transpecies identity and ontological indeterminacy in Otherkin subcultures."

Johnston cites one source on otherkin for this chapter. It's Lupa’s book from 2007, A Field Guide to Otherkin. (Note that as of last April, Lupa no longer identifies as a therianthrope, and took the Field Guide out of print to get away from the subject.) Johnston focuses on people who identify as animals (therianthropes) (Johnston, p. 295). Because Johnston’s source is the Field Guide, Johnston repeats Lupa's system of categorizing therianthropes as a type of otherkin. (Judging by my research, this categorization is technically correct or at least satisfactory in some uses, but otherwise socially and historically incorrect.)

Johnston "questions the usefulness of distinguishing between 'animal' and 'human' for individuals who understand themselves as simultaneously both" (Johnston, p. xix). Johnston examines excerpts from the Field Guide regarding therianthropy in context with ideas from the philosopher Derrida.

Portions of Johnston’s article are visible via Google Books.



Sources


Jay Johnston, "On having a furry soul: Transpecies identity and ontological indeterminacy in Otherkin subcultures." In Jay Johnston and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, eds., Animal Death (Sydney: Sydney University Press), p. 293-306.

Lupa, "Letting go of therianthropy for good." 2013-04-02. Therioshamanism. http://therioshamanism.com/2013/04/02/letting-go-of-therianthropy-for-good/
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Australian channel, SBS 2 for The Feed aired a clip called “Otherkin: heart of a human, spirit of a wolf.”

The clip can be seen on their official Youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU_E-oXxyQU

The video description states:

“‘People don't want to be seen as any different, they want to fit in, but I've given up on fitting in.’ Billions of people around the world feel like they have a spiritual existence. Some identify as being created, others feel they've evolved, some are incarnated, and a handful are even brought here from other worlds. But what is it like to live in a human body when your spirit identifies with being an animal. The Feed explores the spiritual world of Otherkin.

Filmed, edited, and produced by Nick McDougall.”
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Handbook of Hyper-Real Religions
http://www.brill.nl/handbook-hyper-real-religions

Announcing a significant academic advancement for the Otherkin Community as well as the Vampire Community.  Unlike 95% of the academic articles/papers written on the topic of "otherkin" or "real vampirism", this work is part of a prestigious published series of books entitled 'Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion' edited by Dr. Adam Possamai of the University of Western Sydney and distributed to hundreds of institutions throughout the world.  The Otherkin Community is discussed on pages 129-140 in an article by Danielle Kirby.  I can't speak to the content of the Otherkin material -- this is something you'd have to consult with Kirby or someone familiar with her past work.  The real Vampire Community is discussed on pages 141-163 by Dr. Joseph Laycock from the viewpoint of identity or cognitive praxis -- not religious institutions as some scholars have argued in the past.  Speaking only from what I've seen of the vampire-specific portion of this text by Laycock (which I hold in the highest regard), I would strongly encourage others to obtain a copy of this book or request that it be carried at your local college or university library.

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Trigger warnings: none that I can think of.

Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, November 6, 2011. People gathered in the Newtown State Rose Garden and successfully broke the “most fairies in a garden” record in the Guinness Book of World Record, with 547 fairies, beating last year’s record of 67. To qualify as a “fairy,” participants needed wings, a wand, and a gold coin. This was a fundraising event for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

This event was not affiliated with the otherkin community. If any otherkin showed up for this event, please let me know.

- O. Scribner

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Trigger warnings for this article: none that I can think of. Work-safe.

The Sydney Morning Herald (est. 1831) recently ran an article1 about the vampire subculture’s presence on the Internet, mentioning otherkin as well. “Researcher Danielle Kirby used the ‘Otherkin’, who meet in an online forum and believe they are partially or entirely non-human, to examine the phenomenon. In her paper, she found about 800 members of the Otherkin network, including those who identified as dragons, elves, vampires, fairies and angels. The internet had helped concentrate their underlying broadly neo-pagan beliefs, she said.” This probably refers to Kirby’s essay “Alternative Worlds: Metaphysical Questing and Community amongst the Otherkin” in the anthology Through A Glass Darkly: Reflections on the Sacred.2

- O. Scribner

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