Otherkin is a subculture made up of people who consider themselves at least partially non-human or having a connection to a mythical archetype in some way, usually believing to be mythological or legendary creatures. Some Therian people consider themselves to be Otherkin, while many do not recognize the "Otherkin" concept as being as "valid" or "real" as Therianthropy. This is due to the fact that many of the Otherkin archetypes are of "mythical" or "supernatural" creatures. The view on this concept varies from person to person in the Therian community.
Common creatures to which Otherkin claim some connection include: angel-kin, demon-kin, elven-kin, fairies, dragon-kin, and even alien-kin. The otherkin community grew out of the elven online community of the early-to-mid-1990s, with the earliest recorded use of the term otherkin appearing in early 1996. Outside of their own subculture, otherkin beliefs are often met with controversy. According to diagnosis criteria put forth by mental health professionals, the belief that one is physically non-human, or can be/has been turned into an animal, is termed clinical lycanthropy, and is a delusion of varying severity and significance. However, most otherkin are completely aware that they are physically human or, at least, are seen that way.
- Otherkin.net - A database site for Otherkin.
- 'What Are Otherkin?' on Embracing Mystery - Article on a site dedicated to Otherkin and Magic users.
- Otherkin Awakening - A site for and about otherkin.