Categories of Otherkin
The majority of otherkin can fall into a few different categories, with partly to completely separate online and offline communities. These communities have people who are in other communities as well as people who better meet the qualifications of another community but prefer one because of its atmosphere or general content.
Major categories of Otherkin include:
- General Otherkin: This is the broadest category of otherkin, comprised of elves, mythical or legendary creatures such as gryphons, dragons, and fae, and many more.
- Therianthropes, also referred to as real werewolves. This group generally identifies with non-mythical animals, and has a community that is completely separate from the general Otherkin one.
- Wendigo another type, that may not have any relevance to ordinary paranormal characterizations.Template:Fact
A person's kin-type is the type of non-human being they feel they are (ex. elf, dragon, etc.). It is possible for a person to have more than one kin-type, and this is in fact not rare. Such people are often referred to as polykin or hybrid kin. In the therian community, one's animal kin-type is referred to as theriotype, and a person with more than one theriotype is referred to as a polywere or polytherian.