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American Otherkin
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I had a random thought this morning and thought it might spur some interesting discussion here. <!-- sWink --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- sWink -->

I've noticed in my time spent within the online therian and Otherkin communities, that the majority, by far, of people who identify as Otherkin and therian are American. And I wonder why this seems to be so? Obviously someone in a third world country that does not have access to the internet is not going to be able to communicate with us, nor is it going to be a priority in their life to discover if they're something "other than human" or not, they're concerned with their own survival. However, why don't we have more members from countries like (and these were just the examples that came immediately to my mind) Japan, Australia, Egypt, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Britain, etc.? Why do there seem to be mostly American Otherkin (at least online)? I know that we have several UK and European 'kin, but the vast majority of 'kin seem to hail from the USA.

Is it simply because America is a highly technical society and Americans have more time to waste surfing the net to discover "strange" things like Otherkin than other countries do? Is it because other nationalities don't put as much emphasis on "personal discovery/weird shit/why I feel different" thoughts than American do? Or something else entirely?

I'm inclined to say that it's probably because Americans just spend too much time online and more people have simply stumbled across the term 'Otherkin' than in other countries. I also think it's ingrained in American culture to want to be individualistic and "special" where that may not be the norm in other cultures.

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2009-03-18 19:22
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Elinox Wrote:I'm inclined to say that it's probably because Americans just spend too much time online and more people have simply stumbled across the term 'Otherkin' than in other countries. I also think it's ingrained in American culture to want to be individualistic and "special" where that may not be the norm in other cultures.

I have to agree with this unfortunatly. Allthough, It may just be because America is the biggest country.
2009-03-18 19:38
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Back over at OH (my forum from a few years ago) we had a lot of Britkin, along with a few Australians and New Zealanders. Among the people from first world nations with English as a first language, the distribution seems about right to me.

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2009-03-18 19:42
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I imagine that people who's native tongue isn't english might very well head to otherkin forums that are in their native language for whatever reason. I'm also inclined to agree with Chris. America does have quite a few people in it <!-- sWink --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- sWink -->

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2009-03-18 20:52
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Yeh, more people with access to the internet in the US, who also have a lot of time to wander around into the strange stuff. I've met my fair share of Canadian 'kin, though; I think you don't see more of them because there's really only two big places they'd show up: BC and Ontario, with individuals sprinkled all over. So I dunno. *shrugs* More people here, I guess.
2009-03-18 22:21
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I don't think it's just an Otherkin thing. Most of my online groups are primarily, but not exclusively, American. So it probably has more to do with Americans having large numbers and spending a lot of time on the internet. Could also have to do with culture to some extent. My friend tells me that Australia is a horrible place for vampires.

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2009-03-18 22:56
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To be very honest. I think it's because those in the US are extremely lazy. So when we find something to entertain ourselves, like the internet, we spend all the time we can at that one activity. If more people got up off their asses and went out and did more active things, I think we might see a decline in the amount of us on the internet. But that's just my honest opinion about the society we live in, I could be completly wrong.

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2009-03-19 18:07
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Its true that other countries might not have the things we have, but they also don't have the attitudes we have. Americans are a society of individuals, so finding yourself is a huge portion of being human, and more important to those cultures where individuality is of primary importance.
Also, my mythology class has been discussing something. We all know that America is one of the youngest countries, formed of a ton of different cultures. The other countries have myths, folklore, that can apply to their culture. America has replaced their mythic stories with hard science. Science is important, but it leaves nothing to your spirit. Your mind feeds off science, your body may not, and your spirit is left empty. Americans nurture the scientific mind, educating their children in those practices and rewarding them for having a scientific mind. The mythic mind, is the storytelling mind, the artistic mind. Even in an artistic school, technical skill is highly emphasized. You are literally sheared down to become a realistic artist and then expected to form your own style in the next 3 years of schooling. The mythic is what feeds your spirit, the artist is the one who helps you better understand things beyond science, telling you how to see in symbols and metaphor. America is short on mythic minds, people just trying to make a living, so individuals reach out to grasp at the myth and the stories that can help them explain what they feel. Religion serves this function, but individuals like to make their own paths, no good or bad, it simply is. I believe that the term Therianthropy has existed in mythology for a very long time, to the cave paintings. These were the beast gods of Egypt, the Shaman of Celtic Mythos, the Animal Ancestors. These myths, I feel, have nurtured the spirits of therians and others, feeding people's spirit with the answers they might need. I know anubis, wolf, and other animal beings aided me.

Sorry to rant, I love this subject, but it makes me sad too. I the mystery of myth.
2009-03-20 1:44
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There's also the factor that in several countries, feeling like you've reincarnates across a species barrier just isn't a big deal.

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zimmerchild Wrote:To be very honest. I think it's because those in the US are extremely lazy. So when we find something to entertain ourselves, like the internet, we spend all the time we can at that one activity. If more people got up off their asses and went out and did more active things, I think we might see a decline in the amount of us on the internet. But that's just my honest opinion about the society we live in, I could be completly wrong.

I agree with this.

Next part is copied and pasted from my response on Werelist:

I also think it's because we spend so much time on the computer, but then we have plenty of extra time because of how our work week is usually scheduled. We do want to be individuals, it's how we're raised and because of our nation's past. It's not so much that we want to be special, it's just that--as a whole--we focus on the individual person and doing what we want to do and completing our lives how we want to.

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