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Plant Therians
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Plant Therians
Hey guys,

I've noticed many people are googling for information on this subject.

I thought I'd mention we DO have a thread on the subject:
https://forums.therian-guide.com/Thread-Plants--2568

Generally plantkin are not considered to be Therians, but rather Otherkin. The Therian experience depends on relating one's mental state with that of an animal that can be observed. Plants have no mental states to speak of, and therefore it is not possible to have a Therian experience with a plant as one's theriotype.

More on that in the thread above, but you'll have to register. Smile

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RE: Plant Therians
I dunno. We had tree, machine, and insect (earwig) therians on the Werelist and the debate as to whether they were therian or not was never resolved. Weres like me and Coyote (Coyote knew the earwig) came away from it convinced that their experiences were therian enough to justify their inclusion.
2017-12-01 21:51
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RE: Plant Therians
Technically since plants are something that exist and occur on this earth naturally, they seem more therian than otherkin.

However, I have heard them refer to themselves as phytanthropes as a specific subsection of the 'kin experience.
2017-12-02 6:20
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RE: Plant Therians
Still, if the underlying mechanisms are the same, they should be included in therianthropological research studies if they desire.
2017-12-02 6:33
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RE: Plant Therians
are insect therians, still like therians? Or are they considered something else?

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RE: Plant Therians
I mean, there are so many spiritual beliefs that objects such as plants can have "spirits", thus making them an earthly being you can identify with/as. Even without the spiritual part, there's a lot of debate about this, like WolfVanZandt said.

I personally would side with it fitting under therianthropy because to me therianthropy can also be defined as identifying any non-human living thing. Then again, this probably just belongs in that debate thread so if needed I can skedaddle this answer over to that thread!

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RE: Plant Therians
I still think there's little reason to include or exclude people based on the specific shape they see as a reflection of their experiences. The term therianthropy is more meaningful if it is experience-based rather than taxonomically based.

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RE: Plant Therians
well said

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RE: Plant Therians
I always thought otherkin was identifying as a creature that doesn't exist. So, plants exist. I mean, if they're not animals but still living creatures, shouldn't they not be called "otherkin"? I guess that's how I see it.
2018-01-04 2:46
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RE: Plant Therians
Just some quick notes from my perspective...

Plantkin are typically called "phytanthropes" and also have a symbol, akin to the Theta-Delta.

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From my understanding (and I'm not speaking for plantkin, not being one) they are (like therians) a subset of otherkin but having their own terminology. Being plants rather than animals, excludes them from the definition of therianthrope -- hence phytanthrope. I don't know if there's a general consensus on this in the modern community as plantkin are pretty rare.

I agree with @WolfVanZant above, having read some accounts (such as that from @House_of_chimeras, they have a very good description) -- I would also argue that it is every bit as real a phenomenon as therianthropy. Perhaps, a -thrope prefix exists that covers everything? Allothropy?

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2018-01-04 14:28
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