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Otherhearted symbol by aestherians Aug 12 2017

"The diamond heart!" Other-hearted symbol created by aestherians Aug 12, 2017.

Other-Hearted, also synonymous with Animal-Hearted, is when an individual strongly identifies with a species of creature. It's more than a fascination or like of the creature, like in the furry fandom, but not quite to the point of being something you identify as, like with a therian or otherkin. The creature you feel a connection with will replace the animal part of the phrase. For example, you identify strongly with dragons, you would be dragon-hearted.[1]

There is a thread on AHWW from January 15, 1997 in which someone who claimed to "ABSOULUTLY ADORE WEREWOLVES AND WOLVES" asked if they were "wolfhearted". [2] The exact terms other-hearted and animal-hearted seem to have come into more common use around 2014 or 2015. Some people may use the term Kith.

Other-hearted Symbol

Aestherians began developing the symbol in July 2017. [3] She had open discussion on Tumblr and the Therian Guide. [4] [5] On August 6, 2017, Aestherians opened a poll for other-hearted to vote on the symbol. [6] On August 12, 2017, she announced the winning symbol. [7]

"The diamond symbolizes the ‘other’ in our hearts and the circle was mainly added for aesthetic, since it looked pretty barren without." - Aestherians Oct 17, 2017 [8]

Further Reading

The Exact Definition of Being Other Hearted, Calico, January, 09, 2015, The Other Hearts Forum. http://theotherhearts.canadian-forum.com/t10-the-exact-definition-of-being-other-hearted

Other-Hearted vs. Otherkin, Marz, May 4, 2016, Kinmunity Forum. https://www.kinmunity.com/library/information/other-hearted-vs-otherkin-r5/

Otherhearted: What Exactly is Kith?, Renata, March 22, 2016, Therian Guide Forum. https://forums.therian-guide.com/Thread-Otherhearted-What-exactly-is-Kith--3337

References

  1. http://feralnature.forumotion.com/t83-therian-otherkin-terminlology
  2. https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!searchin/alt.horror.werewolves/wolfhearted%7Csort:relevance/alt.horror.werewolves/4QHBcdK28Vw/SN0jQJMNs9oJ
  3. http://aestherians.tumblr.com/post/163566389949/for-a-while-ive-been-thinking-that-the
  4. http://aestherians.tumblr.com/post/163822164289/so-after-asking-a-bit-around-these-seem-to-be
  5. https://forums.therian-guide.com/Thread-Otherhearted-symbol
  6. http://aestherians.tumblr.com/post/163859065629/otherhearted-symbol
  7. http://aestherians.tumblr.com/post/164095918594/the-results-are-in
  8. http://aestherians.tumblr.com/post/166882938664/hey-i-was-told-you-made-the-other-hearted-symbol