Elinox Wrote:If you identify as having more than one 'kin type, how many types do you have and what are they? (I would include multiples in this since sometimes they can have different types too.)
Eight of the main frontrunners are elves and seven of us have definite theriotypes:
S'aryn: European wildcat or barn cat (definitely not the kind to come in the house, but either way, somewhat used to humanoid company)
Cai: melanistic wild cat of some kind
The eighth, Aspen, is a split of mine (Shainin) and has not had any experiences to suggest having a theriotype, though it's possible she inherited spider. In August or so, we hit upon a route back to one of our old homes and became a gateway system of sorts; there are some who chose to come and live with us but we don't know which of them have thereotypes, or even how many of them there are living downbelow so that we could start to compile demographic information!
Elinox Wrote:How did you discover you had more than one type? And how do you experience them; together or as separate entities?
At times, each of us would feel moved to behavior consistent with the theriotype and sometimes feel the subtle body's taken a different shape. (I have chelicerae, which are the spider equivalent of mandibles; Rhun has big pointy tufts on his head that definitely narrow down which type of owl he could be). Some of us have brought up brief memories - Rhun flying, Cai running in a forest and seeing that his front paws were feline and black. It feels like an overlay of sorts, for lack of better words. There isn't a huge mindshift, more of a blending, and it feels consistent with our normal range of behavior but definitely skews to a certain portion of that range in a consistent way.
Elinox Wrote:Why do you believe you have more than one 'kin type? Examples: it's how you identify because of varying personality traits, it's a coping mechanism, it feels right, etc.
It feels as if this animal affinity is an internal thing, not a connection to a totem or guide. Our current theory is that this was a common thing for our species, whether it expressed naturally like handedness or puberty, or was induced. Either way, it feels like it goes along with our innate nature and self-identity, so I doubt we got to choose what we got.
Elinox Wrote:For those of you who identify with only one 'kin type, do you believe it's possible to have more than one?
Going to answer this because our explanation for us
is a pretty limited one that I don't think most people would have.
We internally agree that it's possible for different soul parts/fragments, or different memories, to be loaded into a new person. We don't know how common that is. We internally agree that it's possible to have had lifetimes as different nonhuman species. We don't know how common that
is but are inclined to think it's fairly common if the soul or a soul fragment has been around a while. And we don't subscribe to the idea that kintype has to be what a person was in zir first lifetime; anything that's left an impression is fair game for us.
That said, whether we believe a person's claim of multiple kintypes is a decision much like whether we believe a person's claim of having any kintype. The more zie seems to have thought about the information zie's got, and the more zie seems to put thought into zir opinions and beliefs in general, the more we're inclined to at least give benefit of the doubt.