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Inari
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Inari
First I want to apologize for not coming out and describing my race more throrougly before, I wanted to get a feel for the forums and the members before I started posting more about my race...that and the fact I don't want to bog down the forums with information that the other members aren't really interested in. Since Sahra asked for more information on my race, I decided to start this thread <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->

This is pretty much a straight copy/paste from my intro thread:



First of all, the name Inari is not the actual name of my race; this is just a name that my spiritual father (who is reincarnated here on Earth) gave us so we had something to call ourselves. So no, my race has nothing to do with the rice spirits in Japanese mythology <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- sTongue -->

Okay, as for physical description, Inari are humanoid in shape and normally have wings (wings come in all varieties: dragon, demon, angel, hawk, insect, pixie, etc). The wings, I believe, are used to collect energy...or generate energy...I'm still not quite sure on that, and can also be used for flight. Most Inari are semi-vampiric and the urge to feed seems to coincide with heightened states of emotion. For my trueself, Riechisah (A'Riechisah if you want to get formal) she normally feeds on her enemies during battle, or her lovers (obviously not killing them) during sex. Another seemingly common trait among the Inari is the tendency to "co locate" themselves, which essential means they can be in two places at once.

Co location happens when the Inari in question has two or more things they need to do at once and so they split off a part of their soul to create a smaller version of themselves that is fully sentient and normally has a personality of its own. Though the smaller version is separated from the main part of the soul, the two parts are still connected mentally and most often the two separate entities see themselves as one whole entity.

So....Riechisah has some sort of mission to accomplish here, but needs to remain on the astral plane at the same time. In order to do this, she split off part of her spirit and gave birth to me *waves*. I was then born into a human body and I have a particular mission to accomplish here on Earth while Riechisah at the same time is doing her thing on the astral realm. So really, Riechisah isn't a past life at all, but my current life <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->

As for occasionally referring to myself as an alien, Inari are not beings native to Earth and/or its higher planes. I'm not sure if the Inari are in some far distant part of the galaxy/universe or if they are in a completely different dimension altogether (I believe they might come from an alternate dimension). The name of my home world is Vic'Rah which is one of several occupied by the Inari race.

Many Inari have alternate animal forms (I believe this might have a connection to totem animals) and Riechisah's is a black panther (so technically I am therian too <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- sTongue -->). Also, Inari very impulse driven to the point of being slightly chaotic and often times Inari get into big overbloated confrontations over something stupid like, someone ate the last chocolate glazed doughnut (and when I find them.....=_=).

Most Inari are highly artistic and are adept at multiple forms of creativity (not just the arts of writing, art, and music, this can also include healing, botany, fashion, mechanics, etc.) So when you think about it though we Inari can get a little crazy some times and start tearing up furniture like we were drunken rock stars in a hotel room, we might end up writing a song about it, paint a picture, or slash the leather or make a spring jacket out of the curtains or something <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->

A lot of the information I have on my race comes from both talking to my spiritual father, other Inari both incarnated here or channeled through either my spiritual father (think of him as the AT&T of Vic'Rah XD) or occasionally my spiritual sister, and/or personal meditation/flashbacks/etc.


Hope that helps <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->

Feel free to prod some more if you have more specific questions <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->

*evil grin* wouldn't you like to know

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2008-01-14 2:58
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Thank you so much for this!

I do have more questions, but I've had a touch too much gin to ask them in a coherent manner. So tomorrow morning (before bartending school starts -_-) I'll pop back up and ask for some details.

One thing of immediate interest though - Kreyas mentioned the Inari his post and mentioned a problem or coup between the races, but you didn't mention anything about the Raksha. Where do you fall when it comes to his statements?

Thanks again, very much.

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2008-01-14 4:18
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Not meaning any offense, but I general tend towards a little more scrutiny of kin with extensive and elaborate backstory of their kintype.

How did you find all this information?
Did you check this information in any way for accuracy, and if so, how?
How many memories related to this information have you had yourself, and under what circumstances did you remember/uncover them?
How much of this was related to you by another person?

Hope the questions don't bother you. <!-- sSad --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- sSad -->

EDIT: Note, this does not constitute me calling you a fluff in any way. I am actually and honestly interested in answers to these questions.

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2008-01-14 6:49
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Sahra Wrote:One thing of immediate interest though - Kreyas mentioned the Inari his post and mentioned a problem or coup between the races, but you didn't mention anything about the Raksha. Where do you fall when it comes to his statements?


Riechisah in particular is a soldier in the Inari army back home, and judging on my base gut instincts I would have to say I don’t necessarily recollect any problems between our races. Now this is not meant to invalidate his claims that the Raksha race had issues with the Inari, I wouldn’t be surprised if we did, but the Inari army has had countless alliances/coups/skirmishes/wars/whatever with many other races, so in regards to that I can’t recollect this particular skirmish.


Xanthus Wrote:Not meaning any offense, but I general tend towards a little more scrutiny of kin with extensive and elaborate backstory of their kintype.

How did you find all this information?
Did you check this information in any way for accuracy, and if so, how?
How many memories related to this information have you had yourself, and under what circumstances did you remember/uncover them?
How much of this was related to you by another person?

Hope the questions don't bother you.

EDIT: Note, this does not constitute me calling you a fluff in any way. I am actually and honestly interested in answers to these questions.


No worries Xanthus, I am quite pleased that both you and Sahra have taken an interest in my race and want to learn more ^^

As for questioning, I would expect nothing less <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->

Back to your questions:

Quote:How did you find all this information?

It all started at the first Otherkin community I joined called “Enchanted Realms.” There I met an Inari who went by the name “Toren” who as it turned out is Riechisah’s father. Now to properly answer your question, a lot of my information comes from Toren himself and the various entities I’ve spoken with through him (he is also a Channel), my spiritual sister (memories tend to crop up when we are together <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->), and my instincts/flashbacks that I have had.

Quote: Did you check this information in any way for accuracy, and if so, how?

To be honest, I really don’t have any “definitive” way to check and make sure that my information is correct (mostly because there is no human record of “Inari” that I have come across), other than the way it makes me feel. As to the information I posted here, I “feel” that it is accurate. Though there was one time I was introducing my spiritual sister to one of my Inari relations (via my spiritual father) on AIM for the first time, and my Inari grandfather kind of pushed the other Inari aside, demanding to speak to my spiritual sister. Apparently they knew each other quite well which was a very confusing yet exhilarating validation for me.

Quote:How many memories related to this information have you had yourself, and under what circumstances did you remember/uncover them?

I haven’t gained any new memories lately (mostly because Riechisah is a life parallel to mine here on Earth) but normally they come in the form of flashbacks or just like any other “normal” memories you would experience.

My first memory was very vivid though. At that point I had been awakened for a little under a year so I still had no idea what I was (though I do remember feeling a VERY strong pull towards the Inari Toren that was on the ER message board) when Toren had posted a link to the song “Sora” from the movie “Escaflowne.” He didn’t really post much in the way of information, he just wanted other people’s opinion on the song because he was experiencing flashbacks while listening to it (he did not go into detail).

Later on I was in the ER chat room and I listened to the song. The words started and my whole body froze, eyes locked forward. Though I could see the computer screen before me, my mind filled with the vision of a valley filled with a seemingly endless sea of motionless bodies. Sprinkled throughout the valley tattered banners stuck into the ground blew gently in the breeze. As I watched on the top of the valley, I knew that I was holding my upper right bicep, an arrow wound I believe.

Another memory flash hit me, this time I was in the thick of battle. I turned to look at a young male with blonde hair and blue eyes and watched in horror as an arrow punched through his chest. Time slowed down and I watched the male fall backward in slow motion. His name was Ta’kaan, I believe he was a good friend (I don’t recall any other memories of him than this).

It took me several minutes to recover from the flashback. While the images were flashing into my mind tears were streaming down my face. Somehow I managed to describe the images in my head and type them into the chat room. At that point Toren validated saying that in fact the memories he got were of a war.


Later on, I felt the pull towards the Inari Toren grow stronger and stronger and we started talking over AIM. I remember the feeling, it was like a feeling of deep respect and love. I felt that I should look up to him…like a father almost. It was around that time that I came to the realization (after sensing my wings for the first time) that I in fact was Inari and the Inari named Toren was in fact my father.

Long story short, a few months after I realized I was Inari, I was talking to my father about that song he posted and he told me the first time he heard the song he actually dropped to his knees and started sobbing. I’m not sure how Yokko Kanno (I believe that is the name of the composer?) came up with those words or what language they were in (I remember vaguely that the words for the song “Sora” came in a dream the composer had…or something…its been to long I can’t remember) but those words were the same as the words in a Inari funeral song commemorating that war both my spiritual father and I remembered.


There have been other memories since then, but that one by far was the most vivid.


Quote:How much of this was related to you by another person?

Some of this information comes directly from my spiritual father (the name “Inari,” the idea of co location, the idea of animal forms). As for physical description, I apparently started drawing my true form and not realizing it ever since high school, and I noticed similar characteristics in Toren’s drawings of other Inari (that and I just know what I look like lol). As for the creativity/chaotic nature those are things I have gleaned from personal reflection, memories, and comparing notes with my spiritual father.

So yes, a fair amount of the information I have considering the race of Inari does come from an outside source which I realize does leave a lot of room for misinformation, but I never felt that the information my spiritual father Toren gave me was wrong. Normally I have a pretty sensitive BS detector but all the information I’ve found/shared with my father has just felt “right” to me.



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*evil grin* wouldn't you like to know

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2008-01-15 5:48
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A few questions come up in my mind from the post. I'll be brief though.
You stated that when Inari co-locate, they stay connected mentally, does this not mean that you should be able to communicate or at least gain knowledge from your Inari counter-part, to the point where there´s no further information/other sources needed to be used to gain information on the Inari.
Also, why use 'Inari' as a 'placeholder' name? It seems to me to make little sense to use a name that already has a certain meaning to some people (the Japanese spirits as you mentioned) instead of an entirely original one. To me, it seems like using such could only cause eventual confusion. I would not call my race Tigers if they were entirely unrelated to Tigers, so I think you can see my point for potential confusion there.

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Out of interest, what's Toren up to these days?

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Selcar Wrote:A few questions come up in my mind from the post. I'll be brief though.



No worries Selcar, I really don’t mind the questions ^^ They help me as much as they help you <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->



Selcar Wrote:You stated that when Inari co-locate, they stay connected mentally, does this not mean that you should be able to communicate or at least gain knowledge from your Inari counter-part, to the point where there´s no further information/other sources needed to be used to gain information on the Inari.



Yep <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile --> Once I realized who I was and started opening myself up more to the connection I have with the rest of myself (things really started clicking together the more I talked to Toren) I depended less and less on outside sources for information other than to “compare notes.” I guess you could say that Toren helped me to learn how to walk, but now that I can walk on my own I can run, sprint, jump, etc.



Selcar Wrote:Also, why use 'Inari' as a 'placeholder' name? It seems to me to make little sense to use a name that already has a certain meaning to some people (the Japanese spirits as you mentioned) instead of an entirely original one. To me, it seems like using such could only cause eventual confusion. I would not call my race Tigers if they were entirely unrelated to Tigers, so I think you can see my point for potential confusion there.



Personally, I don’t know why Toren (I always identified him as the leader so I never really questioned o.O yeah I know, kinda dumb in retrospect) chose that name but I never really felt the need to try and discover the true name of my race, though I guess maybe I should lol. It would definitely cut down on the confusion when describing myself <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->.

Though I have had some developments in regards to the true name of my race. A close friend of mine (who was also kin) was describing himself to me, and I noticed some similarities between his true form and my true form (he had bird like wings, had the alternate form of a wolf,…there were some other things but I can’t remember them >.>). I asked him the name of his race, and he said “Elluminar” (I spelled it somewhat phonetically), I found this as odd and told him the name I came across for my race was “Inari.” Though I haven’t spoken to him in a while (hmm..thinking about it, I really should >.> I don’t know why I didn’t think about this until now -_-;; ) we had this theory that maybe the names we came across were just parts and started throwing around the name of “Elluminari” for a while. I haven’t thought about it in a while to be honest though, so I think a round of deep self reflection is in order <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->


Feel free to ask more questions if you are still curious ^^ I will try my best to answer them <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->

Archer Wrote:Out of interest, what's Toren up to these days?


Actually, I don’t really know outside of his journal entries on devart….we kind of lost contact a few months before I graduated college and it hasn’t felt right to talk to him since :/

From what I gleaned of his journal entries of late his life has kinda been the suck >.>

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