(2020-11-23 17:13)LycanTheory Wrote: @elinox
Was it common among the older otherkin communities?
Back on Otherkin Alliance (OKA) and then later Otherkin Phenomenon (OKP), plurality wasn't common, however it was known about. We had a few members who identified as plural systems, several of whom were even moderators on OKP. I even got to meet one system in person last year and from what I know of their experiences, they are a valid plural system. So much so that when one system member fronts (that is takes control of the physical body) there was a marked difference in mannerisms, body language and speech patterns.
If I remember correctly, their experiences were due to the walk-in idea; that is, souls from elsewhere (in their case, mostly Fae species) walked into the physical human vessel and stayed. A few of the walk-ins were due to trauma to the human individual, but later it seemed that they were a sort of conduit that attracted other system members. And most of the system members, while Fae as their core species affiliation, also each had animal forms as well which aligned them with therianthropic experiences.
To be perfectly honest, their experiences seem genuine to me because how the hell any one person could keep track of many system members, with any sort of accuracy, seems incredibly hard to fake to me.
(2020-11-23 17:13)LycanTheory Wrote: In the interest of fairness, is this something that could have root in spiritual beliefs or practice?
With my multiple friend, yes, part of the reason they are a multiple system is based on their spirituality and religion. Most of the system members are Fae, specifically elves, from Norse mythology who have a very close working relationship, both in their past lives and in this current one, with one of the Norse gods.
As for my personal stance on plural systems; yes, they exist because I've known a few over the years (3 of which were, at one time, mods on OKP). However, much like wolf therians, I highly doubt most people who claim to be multiple are correct. I think that it's likely that at least 8/10 claiming to be a multiple system are simply misguided and flat-out wrong.