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Coined by Torin
Status Current
Date coined April 18, 1990
Alternative forms Otherkind
Part of Speech noun
Community used by otherkin
Antonyms Mundanes

A Septegram, used by some as a symbol for otherkin.
Otherkin Emblem created by Kaltezar

Otherkin is a term for those who believe that they are mentally, spiritually, or physically other than human.[1] First appearing in use on the Internet on April 18, 1990, the word was coined when a member of The Elfinkind Digest, Torin, "got tired of typing elf/dragon/orc/etc.-kin and just used otherkin" as shorthand.[2]

It is generally believed that otherkin are born, not made. However, otherkin are not generally born with an awareness of their nonhuman nature. Instead they become aware of it through a process known as awakening.[3]

There are a variety of common kintypes including elves, dragons, fae, angels, demons, satyrs, and others.

In the media

Main article: List of Otherkin Media Appearances

Otherkin first entered the mainstream media in February 2001 when they were featured in an article in the Village Voice.[4] Since then, they have appeared in other articles, including a 2009 article in the Michigan Daily which conflated otherkin with furries.[5]

See also


  1. Lupa. 2007. Field Guide to Otherkin
         Stafford, UK: Megalithica Books. ISBN 978-1-905713-07-3.
  2. Scribner, Orion. 2011. Otherkin Timeline: The recent history of elfin, fae, and animal people
         Online: http://www.frameacloud.com.
  3. Crowsdaughter, Miaren. 2001. So... You're Awake
         Otherkin.net. https://www.otherkin.net/articles/wakeup.html. (accessed April 6, 2012).
         Archived at http://archive.is/c6640.
  4. Mamatas, Nick. 2001. Elven Like Me: Otherkin Come Out of the Closet
         Village Voice, February 20.
  5. Stahl, Eileen. 2009. Furries have feelings, too
         Michigan Daily, January 21, 4A.

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