Nonhuman Community Resources (Insider Perspectives)
Resources, References and Archives
Akhila – Thébaïde
Summary: Excellent personal webpage by Akhila representing a variety of perspectives on therianthropy and nonhumanity. Has sections of their own personal essays as well as researched articles with citations, also translated into French. Hosts many quality personal essays written by other individuals in the community.
Citation: Akhila. Thébaïde. Last modified 2014. Accessed April 1, 2020. https://akhila.feralscribes.org/.
Katsune – Spotted Fur
Summary: Personal website containing essays and topics by Katsune, a pagan therianthrope. Largely a collection of personal essays and perspectives written in a non-academic style. Hasn’t been updated since 2007. Sister site of Quil’s Absurdism.
Citation: Katsune. Spotted Fur. Last modified May 9, 2007. Accessed April 1, 2020. http://spottedfur.absurdism.org/index.html.
Lupa – Therioshamanism
Summary: Archived blog and website of Lupa from when she still considered herself to be a therianthrope. While she has left the community and no longer identifies as nonhuman, she has kept this archive up of all of her incidental writings and resources from the time, as well as a documentation of her path in the study of shamanism. Included in this bibliography for the sake of research and reference as well as individuals interested in the history of the community.
Citation: Lupa. Therioshamanism. Last modified September 14, 2016. Accessed April 1, 2020. https://therioshamanism.com/.
Scribner, Orion – Otherkin Bibliography: An annotated list of books about therianthropes and otherkin, v. 3.2.2
Summary: Bibliography of works that mention or address topics related to therianthropy and otherkin. Contains O. Scribner’s annotations about the relevance and contents of the cited works. Different from the directory in that is focused more on complete texts that would be more useful to researchers as citations.
Permanent Download Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Ts0TvrrdjiVFey8EcBuJlS_xC37AhmrS
Citation: Scribner, Orion. “Otherkin Bibliography: An annotated list of books about therianthropes and otherkin, v. 3.2.2.” The Art and Writing of O. Scribner. Last modified January 18, 2015. Accessed March 26, 2020.https://frameacloud.com/nonfiction/.
Scribner, Orion – Otherkin Lexicon: A multi-lingual dictionary of jargon used in the communities of otherkin, therianthropes, and other similar peoples, v. 0.1 Abridged
Summary: As the title describes, a dictionary containing common terms that have developed in the various communities over the years. Abridged version is the only one released. Currently incomplete.
Permanent Download Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AAXNVfIpJKBqCg1JWyqQO65DBMs7UF9n
Citation: Scribner, Orion. “Otherkin Lexicon: A multi-lingual dictionary of jargon used in the communities of otherkin, therianthropes, and other similar peoples, v. 0.1 Abridged.” The Art and Writing of O. Scribner. Last modified September 8, 2012. Accessed March 26, 2020. https://frameacloud.com/nonfiction/.
Quil – Absurdism
Summary: Personal website containing many essays by Quil on topics ranging from animality, therianthropy, humanity and paganism. Largely a collection of personal essays and perspectives written in a non-academic style. Hasn’t been updated since 2009. Also hosts Katsune’s Spotted Fur.
Citation: Quil. Absurdism. Last modified February 14, 2009. Accessed April 1, 2020. http://absurdism.org/index2.html.
Lupa – A Field Guide to Otherkin
Summary: Lupa’s book was the first major text on Otherkin and therianthropes to be released by a publication. The text was based upon survey data and personal perspectives collected by Lupa over a long period and includes the statistical information in the appendix. Aside from collecting information about various groups and views that community members have had, along with many citations and quotations, Lupa’s general perspective is that this concept falls under “personal mythology,” an ideosyncratic view that is not shared by the wider nonhuman communities. For this reason, as well as her eventual departure from the nonhuman communities and her feelings that her text was no longer a good representation of the communities, Lupa withdrew this text from publication, and now it is a rare book. Her explanation of her reasoning for withdrawing the publication can be found here: https://therioshamanism.com/2013/04/02/letting-go-of-therianthropy-for-good/
Access: *Unavailable* No Longer in Print.
Citation: Lupa. A Field Guide to Otherkin. Stafford: Megalithica Books, 2007.
Lupa – Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone: A Primal Guide to Animal Magic
Summary: Lupa’s first publication, this book covers intermediate-advanced spiritual practices involving shapeshifting and animal magics. The book contains a chapter that also addresses therianthropy and nonhumanity and shapeshifting techniques and theories for the inherent aptitude therianthropes and other nonhumans have for ritualistic shapeshifting.
Citation: Lupa. Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone: A Primal Guide to Animal Magic. Stafford: Megalithica Books, 2006.
Lupa – Shifting, Shamanism and Therianthropy: Magical Techniques for Your Therioside
Summary: Very short chapbook, covers a basic shamanic shapeshifting technique, and some information about discovering one’s “therioside.”
Citation: Lupa. Shifting, Shamanism and Therianthropy: Magical Techniques for Your Therioside. Self-Published, 2007.
Jason the Horse – What if You Are a Horse in Human Form?
Summary: Essentially a very short, self-published memoir about Jason’s experiences and beliefs, very idiosyncratic and should be understood as one person’s perspective, experiences and spirituality, rather than an example of general nonhumanity.
Citation: Jason the Horse. What if You Are a Horse in Human Form?. Self-Published, 2007.
Gortva, Fehérló ‘Nøkken’, Edited by Nul – Being Other-Than-Human: Towards a Critical Discourse of Other-Than-Human Identity and Being
Summary: Currently a work in progress. This will be a major research treatise on the philosophy of other-than-human identity and discourse. It will address philosophical, scientific and spiritual understandings of other-than-humanity, arguing that this is a significant field of study and grounding validity of such self-conceptions and ecological entanglements with other life.
Draft Chapter: https://www.academia.edu/36892967/Chapter_1_Naked_Literature_Naked_Nonhuman_draft-_Being_Other-Than-Human
Citation: Gortva, Fehérló ‘Nøkken’. “1. Naked Literature/Naked Nonhuman.” In Being Other-Than-Human: Towards a Critical Discourse of Other-Than-Human Identity and Being. Edited by Nul. Unpublished. Accessed: March 31, 2020. https://www.academia.edu/36892967/Chapter_1_Naked_Literature_Naked_Nonhuman_draft-_Being_Other-Than-Human?auto=download.
Essays and Articles
Scribner, Orion – A Simple Introduction to Otherkin and Therianthropes, v. 1.1
Summary: A very brief summary of O. Scribner’s perspective of what Otherkin and Therianthropes are. Most useful for introducing outsiders to the beliefs and concept.
Permanent Download Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qy0rciylHLZAuO3AQTI0SMAjVW4tO6hc
Citation: Scribner, Orion. “A Simple Introduction to Otherkin and Therianthropes, v. 1.1.” The Art and Writing of O. Scribner. Last modified May 19, 2014. Accessed March 26, 2020. https://frameacloud.com/nonfiction/.
Scribner, Orion – Orion Scribner’s Marginalia Upon Lupa’s A Field Guide to Otherkin, v. 0.4
Summary: Corrections, additions and observations alongside Lupa’s original publication about the Otherkin community. Useful supplement alongside the book if you happen to have an original copy to read.
Permanent Download Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aYe8xU6c8SR8SjwXK9uzW9_lOxAatb5B
Citation: Scribner, Orion. “Orion Scribner’s Marginalia Upon Lupa’s A Field Guide to Otherkin, v. 0.4” The Art and Writing of O. Scribner. Last modified December 12, 2015. Accessed March 26, 2020. https://frameacloud.com/nonfiction/.
Nøkken + The Grim – Neofolk Band
Summary: Nøkken + The Grim is a pagan neofolk band based upon Norse and Magyar (Hungarian) folklore and spirituality and drawing inspiration from Nøkken’s animality/therianthropy and pagan beliefs. The band is based upon three shapeshifters from Eastern European/Scandinavian folklore: Nøkken, a shapeshifting fiddler whose true form is Bäckahästen (the brook horse), Ajatar, a Finnish nature spirit and witch who can assume the form of a serpentine dragon such as the lindworm, and Peryton, The Black Stag, originally Csodaszarvas, the White Stage of Magyar spirituality who, in the lore of the band, was corrupted by pollution and turned black with soot. Their album Bestiengesang (2019) is designed as a spiritual implement for inducing trance, shamanic journeying and practicing ritualistic shapeshifting and is particularly useful for pagan nonhumans. The music is derived from animal calls which have been timestretched and harmonically amplified, along with trance-inducing drumming and a solo acoustic instrument which has been heavily digitally modified to imitate the respective creature of each track.
Citation: Nøkken + The Grim. Nøkken + The Grim Official Homepage. Last modified March 20, 2020. Accessed April 1, 2020. https://nokken.band.
Scribner, Orion – On the Design of Foreleg Extensions and Quadrupedal Costumes, v.1.1
Summary: Design concepts, problems and suggestions for quadrupedal suits along with visual schematics for various components. Quadsuits have been used by some therianthropes who are also part of the furry community.
Permanent Download Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tuE_ksspg7-D0Ifu71n98QAHr15h_0I1
Citation: Scribner, Orion. “On the Design of Foreleg Extensions and Quadrupedal Costumes, v.1.1” The Art and Writing of O. Scribner. Last modified September 9, 2012. Accessed March 26, 2020. https://frameacloud.com/nonfiction/.
History of Nonhuman Communities
House of Chimeras – Between Forest and Sea
Summary: House of Chimeras has one of three major efforts to corroborate a history of contemporary nonhuman communities (the other two being O. Scribner’s work and Wolf VanZandt). Their site also has many informative articles about other dimensions of nonhumanity, including multiple systems.
Citation: House of Chimeras. “Informative Articles.” Between Forest and Sea. Last Modified: October, 2016. Accessed: March 31, 2020. https://houseofchimeras.weebly.com/informative.html.
VanZandt, Wolf – The Therian Timeline
Summary: Wolf VanZandt’s timeline focuses on therianthropy as a result of his beliefs (a view not shared nor endorsed by Wildpath) that therianthropy is a separate, unrelated phenomenon/community. As such he frames the history of therianthropy in this light, influenced by this minority perspective. Even still, he is interested in tracing the concept back through human history and anthropological research, and therefore it is still a very useful resource and is regularly updated. Wolf also provides information on statistical analysis for independent researchers.
Citation: VanZandt, Wolf. The Therian Timeline. Last Modified: March 26, 2020. Accessed March, 31 2020. http://www.theriantimeline.com/.
Scribner, Orion – A Directory of Otherkin Writings and Other Works Organized by Topic, v. 0.6
Summary: An exhaustive directory of cultural media, literature and instances of concepts in usage. This is more of a catalogue of media created by insiders in the community, an extremely useful tool for anyone wishing to learn more about the roots of the contemporary communities through observing the lived history of it online. Also useful as a tool for sociological and anthropological research, providing documented instances of the real communities. Note: Some links are broken due to the transience of internet sources. Sometimes additional research and utilizing webarchives can assist in locate these sources.
Permanent Download Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mq4B9QYnRO_w06y-syKYffJo482t0VvM
Citation: Scribner, Orion. “A Directory of Otherkin Writings and Other Works Organized by Topic, v. 0.6.” The Art and Writing of O. Scribner. Last modified September 8, 2012. Accessed March 26, 2020. https://frameacloud.com/nonfiction/.
Scribner, Orion – Otherkin Timeline: The Recent History of Elfin, Fae, and Animal People, v. 2.0
Summary: An extensive and well-researched history book on the various nonhuman communities that have emerged in the 20th-century, covering Otherkin, therianthropes, elfin/fae and other such communities. An abridged version and Spanish translation of the abridged text exist. Text is an open ended work in progress.
Permanent Download Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jaVGe6vZPbum4SFsvu7j16AK2KfnHxM0
Citation: Scribner, Orion. “Otherkin Timeline: The Recent History of Elfin, Fae, and Animal People, v. 2.0.” The Art and Writing of O. Scribner. Last modified September 8, 2012. Accessed March 26, 2020. https://frameacloud.com/nonfiction/.
Academic Publications (Outsider Perspectives)
Dissertations and Theses
Articles, Papers, Book Chapters
Saniotis, Arthur – “Becoming Animals: Neurobiology of Shamanic Shapeshifting:
Summary: Peer-reviewed academic article about both anthropology of shapeshifting and therianthropy and the neurobiological basis of shapeshifting experiences and practices in indigenous cultures and the overlapping neurological structures responsible for engendering such identity relations with other living species.
Permanent Download Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BpaGO0_hIxBxWzEEHfZ8_4wVTnXV33n1
Citation: Saniotis, Arthur. “Becoming Animals: Neurobiology of Shamanic Shapeshifting.” NeuroQuantology 17, Issue 5 (May, 2019): 81-86. Accessed March 31, 2020. Doi: 10.14704/nq.2019.17.05.2258.
Becoming Dragon: a mixed reality durational performance in second life
Cárdenas, Micha et al – Becoming Dragon: a mixed reality durational performance in second life
Summary: An unusual and experimental work of both academic research and performance art centering on the intersection of both nonhumanity and the transgender community as well as virtual reality technology and the interesting questions it raises about bodily-being and identity. Micha intended the work as an expression of identity embodiment, drawing parallels between their experiences as a transgender person and Otherkin, playing off of the then “real life experience” requirement in law for individuals wishing to undergo gender reassignment surgery. This multimedia project focused on embodiment through motion capture and other systems to model their body analogously to a dragon avatar in SecondLife, integrating their sense experiences with virtual space, so they could virtually become dragon but experience this as real life sense experiences. The project is a positive look at relations in identity between marginal groups, and unlike the current negative discursive field where tensions exist between a lot of trans persons and Otherkin, there was no such problem at the time, and many transgender researchers and artists were exploring identity beyond the human. This also is notably still an important area of study in Queer Theory, and a number of important works have been written upon queering human/nonhuman identities, especially how human and nonhuman identities overlap and mutually compose. The following links include all documentation and followup academic articles written about the project.
Official Prospectus: https://www.thing.net/~rdom/ucsd/cave/Becoming%20Dragon.pdf
Archived Homepage and Documentation: https://secondloop.wordpress.com/
SecondLife (requires account and program): https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Seventh%20Eye/184/13/35
Press Release: https://secondloop.wordpress.com/2008/11/18/press-release-becoming-dragon-a-mixed-reality-durational-performance-in-second-life-opens-december-1st/
Permanent Download Link:
Citation (prospectus): Cárdenas, Micha et al. Becoming Dragon: a mixed reality, durational performance in secondlife. Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. University of California, San Diego, 2009. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://www.thing.net/~rdom/ucsd/cave/Becoming%20Dragon.pdf.
Cárdenas, Micha – Becoming Dragon: A Transversal Technology Study
Summary: Retrospective academic article on the Becoming Dragon project, analyzing the project from the standpoint of biotechnology and virtual embodiment. The article documents personal experience as well as the broader implications the study has for the phenomenology and ontology of identity, particularly how these transformational technologies allow individuals to change themselves in posthuman ways, moving outside the scope of concepts of “traditional human experience and identity”. Inversely, it also reveals how identity itself is/was in many ways a function of becoming, and that this process never took fixed and rigid human identity categories (nor gender categories) to begin with, but rather the dichotomy is a form of imposition of tradition without a basis in the real phenomenal experiences individuals have of themselves. In other words, the theme seems to be echoed in the idea that ‘humans have never been rigidly human to begin with, but technologies that allow new embodiments like this serve to reveal these liminal spaces between male/female, masculine/feminine, hetero/homosexual, human/nonhuman which have always existed.”
Access: http://www.ctheory.net/articles.aspx?id=639 https://www.thing.net/~rdom/ucsd/cave/Becoming%20Dragon.pdf
Permanent Download Link:
Citation: Cárdenas, Micha. “Becoming Dragon: A Transversal Technology Study,” in Code Drift: Essays in Critical Digital Studies, Edited by Arthur Kroker and Marilouise Kroker, Digital Publication: CTHEORY, April 29, 2010. Accessed April 5, 2020. http://www.ctheory.net/articles.aspx?id=639.
Nonacademic Articles and Media (Outsider Perspectives)
Academic Publications (Related Interests)
Dissertations and Theses
Articles, Papers, Book Chapters
Cultural Media (Related Interests)
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