Thursday, February 02, 2006

Otherkin & Falun Dafa

Some time ago, I explored a rising subculture of people online who call themselves “otherkin.” They believe themselves to be beings other than humans: vampires, elves, werewolves, dragons, etc. The vast majority of them seem to be disaffected teenagers with a heavy interest in fantasy literature, and thus it’s tempting to simply write them off as flakes. However, I just came across a piece of literature which casts an interesting light on this group of people.

Falun Dafa (also, Falun Gong) is the spiritual practice of energy cultivation which has been so ruthlessly and famously persecuted by the Chinese government. It combines elements of Taoism, Buddhism, qigong, New Age and more. I’m not certain that they would call it a sacred text, but there is a book called Zhaun Falun which collects nine or so lectures by the founder of Falun Dafa, Li Hongzhi. Full Story

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