Gryph-Creature Types

This was an article written by a friend of mine from the OtherkinAlliance.org forum. The forum/website no longer exists, but before it disappeared, I did get permission from this friend to share an article they put together on another forum of mine.

Gryph Types

By Tytogriph

Gryphon/Griffin

True gryphons are the easiest to identify, having the head, wings, and forelimbs of a bird of prey; the body, tail, and hind limbs of a feline; and often ears that can be feline, equine, or eagle-owlish in nature, though can be seen without visible ears as well. The most common variety is eagle/lion, though any bird of prey and cat qualifies.

However, if it has the front legs of its feline half as well, it’s not a gryphon, but an Opinicus. Likewise, a gryph with all four legs resembling a birds is an Avian Gryphon, rather than a true gryphon.

Opinicus

On the whole, Opinicus has a similar description to gryphons, but are not the same creature. Besides having four feline paws instead of bird talons, they can also have a more camel-like tail or even one like a snake. It also has a subtype called the Draco Opinicus.

Canid Gryphons and Canid Opinici

The Canid gryphon is the same as its feline true gryphon, however it has a canine back half. If it has the front feet of a canid animal, it would be a Canid Opinici.

Avian Gryphon

Far more obscure than either its true gryphon or Opinicus counterparts, the Avian Gryphon is the most bird-like, true to its name, with four avian legs, wings, head, and a feline’s body and tail.

Draco Gryphon, Dracogryph, and Draco Opinici

The Draco Gryphon is the same as either the true gryphon or the Avian except that it has leathery dragon’s wings instead of feathered ones. However, if it contains more draconic features, it is a Dracogryph.

The dracogryph is the same as either the true gryphon or the hippogryph in that it has the head, and forelegs of it’s avian, as well as the body, hind legs, and tail of its dragon, the wings being the real kicker. These can be feathered like its bird half or leathery. However it is possible for it to be a mixture of both types as well.

The Draco Opinicus is the same as it’s true Opinicus counterpart except that it has dragon wings and scales on its neck.

Hippogriph

This variety is often portrayed as specifically eagle and horse, but can be any bird of prey and ungulate (hoofed animals ranging from horses, to llamas, to aardvarks, to elephants) Like gryphons, they have the head, forelegs, and wings of their bird type and the back half of, well, their other half.

Alce

Alce is identical to the true gryphon with one exception: it has horns. These are usually straight, but may be branched and/or curved.

Keythong

The keythong, unlike all of the previous types, is wingless–and thus flightless–instead having spikes on its shoulders or covering its entire body.

All of the above varieties varieties can have a feather tuft on its tail, unless the hippogriph has a full horse-tail. However, an avian-equine hybrid tail may be possible with thin, hairlike feathers. All of these varieties, with exception of the hippogriph and the draco gryphon may also be wingless.

Marigryph/Mergryph

The Marigryph is a type of gryph that is often found underwater and has a mermaid’s tail and fins in place of wings. It may have other definite water features such as gills and webbing between its toes on its front legs. Otherwise, it resembles the true gryphon.

Hieracosphinx

The heiracosphinx is an Egyptian chimera with gryphon-like features, having a lion’s body and a falcon’s head and no wings.

Hagryphus

Someone that identifies as this type would definitely be a therian, as the Hagryphus is actually a dinosaur discovered in Utah. It was believed to have lived during the Upper Cretatious period and was roughly three meters long–large for an oviraptorosaur.

If sources are requested, I’ll post a couple, but likewise I hope if anyone knows of other types or can correct me of any mistakes they’ll post those as well.

Well, I didn’t exactly intend for it to become an actual article, more as a general guide, and as such, some of my sources are a bit iffy, but sources incoming:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/38096641/GryphonTypes

tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OurGryphonsAreDifferent

http://www.unews.utah.edu/old/p/040306-2.htmlwww.polenth.com/gryphon/myth.html

http://www.gryphonpages.com/relatives/

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Angels – The Grigori

Originally shared By Amelia Nightside on Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Grigori – were a group of angels sent down to earth to guide mankind. But the difference between being down here versus being back Home was more than anyone understood at the time. Especially time differences. So the Grigori felt cut off from Home, and those back Home had no understanding of why they’d have issues (“stay down there and do your job, it’s been merely a moment!” “It’s been a hundred years which is a long time for us down here!”, etc.). Some of the Grigori fell in love with the humans they were guiding, and bred Nephilim. Later when the Grigori decided that if Heaven wouldn’t listen to them, screw that… some amongst them bred Nephilim deliberately as an army to fight the Host if it came to that. Which led to the Grigori being cast out (the entire group, regardless of individual action), and the Nephilim being wiped out.

 

Some accounts (various UPGs) of the Nephilim don’t paint a very rosy picture – as many were not ‘stable’… part angel, part man and unable to naturally stabilized the spirit part while in the physical without the constant effort of will of their angelic progenitors. Descriptions included some that were literally falling apart. Others were more stable, and some may have learned to stabilize themselves.

 

They are also referred to as ‘The Watchers’.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watcher_%28angel%29

 

They are pretty much the focus of the Book of Enoch, a text that the Catholic Church rejected when they decided that angels could never have walked alongside men, let alone be tempted to lay with one. This was (I believe) during a period of time when the church wanted less focus on saints and angels, and more focus on God in order to cull paganism’s creeping into their own rituals etc. It is therefore considered an ‘apocryphal’ work.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_enoch

– A member of Otherkinalliance.org (User/Name withheld for privacy)

For More Information:

http://www.steliart.com/angelology_fallen_watchers_grigori.html

http://www.amadan.org/Innomine/Grigori.html

Angels Part 1 – Christian Heirarchy

Here’s a quick list of the types of Angels, as recognized in various religions and other mythologies (to be continued).

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Christian

1. First Sphere

  • Seraphim – mentioned in Isaiah 6:1-7, serve as the caretakers of God’s throne and continuously shout praises: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. All the earth is filled with His Glory.” The name Seraphim means “the burning ones.” The Seraphim have six wings.
  • Cherubim – have four faces: one of each a man, an ox, a lion, and an eagle. They have four conjoined wings covered with eyes, a lion’s body figure, and they have ox’s feet. Cherubim guard the way to the tree of life in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24) and the throne of God (Ezekiel 28:14-16).
  • Thrones – (Gr. thronos) or Elders, also known as the Erelim or Ophanim, are a class of celestial beings mentioned by Paul of Tarsus in Colossians 1:16 (New Testament). They are living symbols of God’s justice and authority, and have as one of their symbols the throne. These high celestial beings appear to be mentioned again in Revelation 11:16.

 

2. Second Sphere

  • Dominions – (lat. dominatio, plural dominationes, also translated from the Greek term kyriotites as “Lordships”) are presented as the hierarchy of celestial beings “Lordships” in the De Coelesti Hierarchia. The Dominions, also known as the Hashmallim, regulate the duties of lower angels. It is only with extreme rarity that the angelic lords make themselves physically known to humans. They are also the angels who preside over nations.
  • Virtues – or “Strongholds” lie beyond the ophanim (Thrones/Wheels). Their primary duty is to supervise the movements of the heavenly bodies in order to ensure that the cosmos remains in order.
  • Powers – or “Authorities”, … are the bearers of conscience and the keepers of history. They are also the warrior angels created to be completely loyal to God. Some believe that no Power has ever fallen from grace, but another theory states that Satan was the Chief of the Powers before he Fell (see also Ephesians 6:12). Their duty is to oversee the distribution of power among humankind, hence their name.

 

3. Third Sphere

  • Principalities – or Rulers … The Principalities are shown wearing a crown and carrying a sceptre. Their duty also is said to be to carry out the orders given to them by the Dominions and bequeath blessings to the material world. Their task is to oversee groups of people. They are the educators and guardians of the realm of earth. Like beings related to the world of the germinal ideas, they are said to inspire living things to many things such as art or science.
  • Archangels – The Seven Archangels are said to be the guardian angels of nations and countries, and are concerned with the issues and events surrounding these, including politics, military matters, commerce and trade: e.g. Archangel Michael is traditionally seen as the protector of Israel and of the ecclesia (Gr.root ekklesia from the New Testament passages), theologically equated as the Church, the forerunner of the spiritual New Israel.
  • Angels – messengers, are the lowest order of the angels, and the most recognized. They are the ones most concerned with the affairs of living things. Within the category of the angels, there are many different kinds, with different functions. The angels are sent as messengers to mankind.

 

 

 

Sources & For More Information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_angelic_hierarchy
Wikipedia – Christian Angelic Hierarchy

http://www.angelslove.net/types_of_angels.htm
AngelsLove.net – Types of Angels

http://www.gotquestions.org/types-of-angels.html
Questions.og – Types of Angels & Angel Categories

http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/articles/id/spiritualresearch/spiritualscience/angel
A Spiritual Perspective – Angels

– AngelsGhosts.com
Types of Angels

http://marleneb.hubpages.com/hub/The-Nine-Types-of-Angels
Nine Types of Angels

Being an Adult Therian.

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Charles G. Summers Jr Credit: Charles G. Summers Jr

In most of the online Therian Communities it appears that adult therians are few and far between. Do they exist? Where are they? Why don’t they show themselves?

To put it plainly: They do exist but they’re busy being adults. I’m sure there are a lot more adult therians than most people seem to realize. They don’t usually put time into forum posting, social media or blogging about their experiences and non-human identities. Obviously there are exceptions to this and plenty of therians over the age of 18 are to be found online.

As younger people it is more acceptable to act in a way that seems unconventional, more people will accept what they think are bizarre beliefs, simply because they are young and it can be passed off as an experimental phase. Adults are not so lucky. The occasional comments young people receive, accusing…

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What is a Therian?

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As promised, here is an informative post about therianthropy and what it is and isn’t. I will put it quite simply so it is understandable to all (young and old, therian and non-therian).

What is a Therian?

  • A Therianthrope is somebody who identifies in a non-physical way as an earthen animal. Their psychological and/or spiritual identity is that of their theriotype (animal they identify as). A therian identifies entirely (but not physically) as an animal. Their theriotype is not separate from them in any way; they are their theriotype. However, Therians are fully aware that they are physically and biologically human.

Therians and Physically Shifting.

  • To put it plainly: Therians cannot physically shapeshift into an animal. Physical shifting is scientifically impossible, if there was a way of it being possible, scientists would have worked it out by now. There are people who claim to be able to shift and spread…

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Fae, a General Overview

Original piece created ~January 12, 2015. Some modifications have been done since then.

This is intended as an overview of mythology, commonly held beliefs and facts. –

The term Fae tends to be a bit of a broad term. Here I will try to simplify the complexity as best I can.

*Please keep in mind that accurate information may vary from person to person and from resource to resource.

When most people hear “Fae” they think, Fairy, right?

Well what are Fae really?

First, let us define Fae.

According to Wikipedia:

Fae, is simply another term for Fairy.

A fairy (also faery, faerie, fay, fae; euphemistically wee folk, good folk, people of peace, fair folk, etc.)[1] is a type of mythical being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural.

 

Fairies resemble various beings of other mythologies, though even folklore that uses the term fairy offers many definitions. Sometimes the term describes any magical creature, including goblins or gnomes: at other times, the term only describes a specific type of more ethereal creature. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy

According to MythicalCreaturesGuide.com:

In the English Language fey means otherworldly, able to see the future, or touched in the head.http://www.mythicalcreaturesguide.com/page/Fae

It can be gathered that while Fairies are Fae, not all Fae are Fairies. Fae tend to be very nature-oriented creatures, having a parallel existence in this, our physical world, and in a “magickal” (Subtle/Non-physical) Plane.

– While commonly thought to be mischievous and playful (primarily Fairies), this is not the case for all.

Fae Types

Some entities that may fall under the term “Fae” are (but not limited to):

List includes kin-types & mythical creatures

Fairies

Angels

Elves

Nymphs

Pixies

*Succubi

Elementals

Gnomes

Ogres

Giants

Mer-folk

Genies (Jinn)

Dryads

*Succubus suggested as Fae type via pop-culture. See SyFy series Lost Girl ( http://www.showcase.ca/lostgirl/ )

Specific Resources to/for/of Fae:

Some of these links may reference more toward varying myths and fantasy than the realistic perspectives, Keep an open mind and a grain of salt handy. Every bit can be useful.

http://www.mythicalcreaturesguide.com/page/Fae

http://thefae.freeservers.com/

http://main.otherkinalliance.org/articles/specific-otherkin/the-seven-roads-to-faery/

http://main.otherkinalliance.org/articles/specific-otherkin/elf-my-past/

http://main.otherkinalliance.org/articles/specific-otherkin/kabouters/

http://immortalones.com/otherkin/fae-elven-mer-folk/

http://forum.otherkinalliance.org/index.php?board=13.0 – OtherkinAlliance.org Forum section Elementals, Elves & Fae (must join to view)

http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/spiritsong/WhoAreFae.html

http://s4.zetaboards.com/Land_of_Incantre/topic/8464257/1/

http://conmyth.wikia.com/wiki/The_Fae

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Fae Courts

Fae, like other creatures, are often categorized as Dark, Light, or Neutral. For Fae, this puts them into specifically termed Courts.

Major Courts are:

Seelie (Light)

Unseelie (Dark)

Some believe in breaking down the courts further*:

Winter

Summer

Spring

Autumn

(reference: http://forum.otherkinalliance.org/index.php?topic=2343.0 – OtherkinAlliance – The Summer & Winter Courts by “Verde”)

*This is a new concept to me, personally. More information or better explanation to come as more information becomes available.

Further Information on Courts & Classifications:

http://forum.otherkinalliance.org/index.php?topic=429.0 – OtherkinAlliance – On The Fae, by “airforcegrrl”

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/fey/20021213a

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classifications_of_fairies

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Fae Groups

Social Order

Fae are either “Trooping” or “Solitary” creatures. Often communities are overseen by a King and Queen.

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Fae as Otherkin

 

Fae-Kin for short.

Fae-kin are simply humans, identifying as otherkin (People who feel that they are in some way not entirely human), who believe their kin-type to be of a Fae variety.

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Fae FAQ

Ask questions to see them posted here…

!-Please do not copy or use without first either ASKING permission or at least giving credit to the author, Myself Amelia Nightside -!

*OtherkinAlliance.org down indefinitely. New sources/references needed. Please do feel free to comment on this piece and help me out with your own understanding and preferred resources. (:

Furry, Otherkin & Therian

*needs some modifications

What’s the difference?

By Amelia L Nightside on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 2:16pm

Furry – Member of a fandom. These are individuals who CHOOSE a fursona (a character) and either roleplay and/or indulge in artwork and other depictions. Some of subsets of the fandom do include anthropomorphic sexual fetishism.

I believe the sexual fetishism depictions (art and otherwise) are called “Yiff”.

– more or less it’s a fandom expressed through glorified cosplay and roleplay with an appreciation for all other art form medias in relation to anthropomorphic creatures (but not all furries dress up and cos/roleplay).

↑↑ My own words.

Links/Quotes below for comparison and clarification:

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The term “Furry” is used to describe the Furry Fandom or an individual “Furry” fan, also referred to as “Furries”.

The Furry Fandom grew out of the science fiction and fantasy communities as a unique group focused on anthropomorphic animals and creatures. Anthropomorphic animals are animals with human characteristics such as the familiar cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse or popular mascots like the Philadelphia Eagle or San Diego Chicken.

The Furry Fandom is a broad community of people that come from all ranges of socioeconomic and political backgrounds. Different people count themselves as “Furries” for equally broad reasons. Some are fans or artists of visual, written or theatrical arts such as animated cartoons and fantasy stories. Some are mascot and character fans or performers such as professional theme park and corporate mascots or volunteer character performers. Some are Therians or people with strong personal or spiritual connections to animals similar to some Native American cultures.

Because the Furry Fandom encompasses such a wide range of people and interests, to term someone as a “Furry” is similar to calling someone a “Sports Fan”. The term “Sports Fan” itself does not identify the sport in which a person is interested, at what level or even which teams or regions in which they take an interest. Similarly a Furry could be a costumed performer with no interest in cartoons or an artist or animator with no interest in or familiarity with costuming.

You are encouraged not to judge this very broad group of proud and individually unique people, but rather to learn what is important to each. Although some can be shy, and many will not speak while in costume, most Furries are generally very friendly and willing to share their individual interest in the community with those who show genuine curiosity.

http://whatisfurry.org/

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The furry fandom is a subculture interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.[1] Examples of anthropomorphic attributes include exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, the ability to speak, walk on two legs, and wear clothes. Furry fandom is also used to refer to the community of people who gather on the Internet and at furry conventions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_fandom

Otherkin – a physically human individual who identifies on an integral and personal level as non-human. This identity can manifest/originate spiritually and/or psychologically. Otherkin encompasses ALL non-human identities from mythological creatures (Dragons, Fae, Demons, Angels, etc.), Modern mythological creatures (“fictionkin” including characters and/or species from fictional and entertainment medias – books, t.v. shows, etc.), plants, extraterrestrials, machines, inanimate objects and earthly animals.

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Otherkin is a collective noun for an assortment of people who have come to the somewhat unorthodox, and possibly quite bizarre, conclusion that they identify themselves as being something other than human.

http://www.otherkin.net/articles/what.html

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The best definition, because it is relatively general, is that Otherkin are people who identify in some internal way as non-human.

http://www.otherkincommunity.org/wiki/Otherkin

Therian – any physically human individual who identifies on an integral and personal level as a non-human [Earthly] animal, extinct or extant. Basically a sub category of Otherkin. Therianthropy is NOT Shamanism or Totemism as such are spiritual paths, like religion and are a choice while Therianthropy is not. Some Therians indeed choose to include/involve their Identity with practices such as Shamanism and Totemism but the three are not at all the same (though some argue that they are similar)..

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A Therianthrope is someone who truly believes he is earthen animal (which is not to be confused with otherkin which is a person who believes he is perhaps a dragon or what not; still the same subject though).

http://therian-guide.com/index.php/2-introduction.html

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Therians are people who believe that they are, in whole or in part, a non-human animal. That is to say that part of their core being is a non-human animal, be it spiritually, mentally, et cetera. Unlike furry lifestylers, therians do not necessarily try to outwardly project their animalistic nature, nor do they choose their animal side. They consider themselves to be an animal within.

http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Therianthropy#Subculture

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Therians are people who identify, in some intrinsic way, as an animal that exists or has existed on earth

http://otherkin.wikia.com/wiki/Therians

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/sciences/sociology/religion/totemism-and-animism

http://www.shamanism.com/

http://therioshamanism.com/

http://www.thegreenwolf.com/

The primary difference is that, even if they feel deeply connected to their character, being a Furry is a choice. While being Otherkin/Therian is an identity; You identify as the creature (your Theriotype/Kintype) rather than simply with, having some affinity for, or “connection” with the creature.

As a side note, Walk-ins and possession often come up with this subject. I’d like to clarify that unless the new soul, somehow forms, melds and becomes one, evicts or destroys the original or host soul, it is not you/the individiual, and therefore does not qualify as a Kin or Theriotype. However, there is a term (or terms) for multiple souls, personalities and/or individuals inhabiting one body. This is known as Multiplicity or Plurality. The collective whole being called a Multiple System (there are others but this is the one I’m most familiar with). The most well-heard of version of Multiplicity is Disassociative Identity Disorder, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, however not all Multiples/Multiple systems are disordered.

A few links regarding Multiplicity and Walk-Ins:

http://www.kinhost.org/wiki/Main/MultiplicityTMM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkdDhoPrrMs

http://www.crystalinks.com/walk_ins.html

There are MANY MANY MANY more links and resources available, some may be referenced in the links I’ve provided. I hope this clears a few things up for all of you. If anyone has further questions, by all means, I’m open.

[originally written as a response-comment in a forum, pardon any confusion of wording]