The Freedom to Be Otherkin
When I read the phrase “This site is not to be used in the hunting of vampires or any other type of otherkin,” I admit that I had to suppress a chuckle. Though the site OtherKin.com tends to take itself very seriously (“if it comes down to a fight between a vampire and a “slayer,” I hope you can run fast.”), its self-consciously ominous character is a little silly, when it comes down to it.
Otherkin are people who believe that they are, in some kind of way, not ordinary humans, but somehow, are actually some kind of mythical creature, such as a nymph, a demon or even a Pooka.
I am not one of those people who find the Otherkin interesting because I wonder whether there really are dragons, elves, werewolves and vampires. I don’t believe that there ever have been such things. I also wonder why faeries and undead creatures with special powers would need to have web sites in order to establish a sense of community amongst those of their kind.
I find Otherkin interesting because it’s curious to consider what motivates human beings to believe that they are not human beings, and to accept a mythological identity as the internally-real core aspect of themselves. I also think that it’s remarkable that people are willing to express these ideas to other people and interact in this shared symbolic reality. I have some respect for their imaginations, and I’m glad that we have a culture for people like this, who, though they may not be griffins or changelings, are definitely, really Otherkin.
Oh, and for those of you who feel especially misunderstood, there’s an article just for you: So You Think You’re a Demon… Now What?