Author Archives: Akhila

Not Completely Human: The Online Life of Therians and Otherkin

This is the translation of an article by Olivier Clairouin published in May 2014 in the French newspaper “Le Monde“. I, Akhila, am not the author of the original text. I stayed faithful to the original at the expense of … Continue reading

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On the appropriation of trans* narratives by therianthropes

Edit as of  Summer 2014: this articles revolves around the use by therianthropes of terminology that parallels their experience of animal identity with that of gender identity. I originally posted it in full here on Beyond Awakening, but a year … Continue reading

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The Wings, the Sky and the Bird

[X-posted from Birds of a Feather] human bodies are temples for the human soul cages for the birds (swanblood, Nonhuman Haiku) I find this haiku beautiful, and at the same time I feel conflicted. I wonder: is it really so? … Continue reading

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Norms, short-term history and the collective memory.

This “essay” stems from recent musings I posted in private elsewhere and which have suscitated interest. I had been reading various websites and blogs from the latest wave of otherkin, and found the recents developments thought-provoking sociologically speaking. When I … Continue reading

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The Ghostly Cat

I’m terribly late for this one, I know. Paper-writing and related academic issues have kept me very busy. Meirya contacted me two months ago about Beyond Awakening’s prompt on animal myths and archetypes, searching for my writing on clouded leopard … Continue reading

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