Dragonkin are people who think they are dragons in the body of humans or dragons reborn as humans. The belief that one is a dragon in the body of a human is called draconity (from draco, Latin for dragon, and unity or identity).
Dragonkin are part of the Otherkin-subculture, whose members identify as mythical creatures, as opposed to therians, who identify as real animals. Those subcultures have been classified as religious movements.
Otherkin culture emerged out of elven online communities of the nineties and later extended to other mythical creatures like dragons.. The first dragonkin community was the usenet-group alt.fan.dragons, which was originally founded in 1993 by ExistingPhantom as a group for fans of dragons from literature and pop culture, but attracted more and more people who identified as dragons, with other users voicing scepticism agianst those claims. By Juni 1994, about half of the alt.fan.dragons users identified as dragons. Alt.fan.dragons was shortened as AFD, which evolved into the alternative name Alfandria. More Dragonkin-websites and forums were created over the nineties and later.
There are different interpretations about the way dragonkin are related to dragons. Some see themselves as reincarnation of a dragon and still remember parts of their former life as a dragon. Others think they are born in a body of the wrong species, similar to how Transgender people are born in a body of the wrong sex. Still others think they are descendants of dragons.
Many dragonkin and other otherkin believe that there are multiple parallel realities and that they originate from one of them. Those parallel worlds are oftentimes reminiscent of classic High Fantasy worlds like Middle Earth or Alagaësia, but are not identical to any particular world from any particular work. Some even claim that they are able to return to their world in their dreams or can shapeshift into a dragon.
At least one dragonkin, a banker who goes by the name Eva Tiamat Medusa, has taken steps to make her own body more dragon-like, with a flattened nose, 8 implanted horns, eyeballs tattooed green, scales tattooed on her skin and the removal of her outer ears. After being diagnosed with HIV, she didn't want to die as a human.
Some Dragonkin and other Otherkin/Therian use a so called Dragon Code to show others who they are. Dragon Code is a code that shows in short form, what kind of creature you are, if other people know about your draconity, which color they have, how old they are, what's their breath weapon etc. It was designed in 1996 by Red Dragon.
Example: DC.D s--- MR a++++ WL++* F
In the year 1999, the dragon code was revised. Signatures in Revised Dragon Code start with DC2, to differentiate them from the old dragon code .
Typical personality traits of dragonkin include:
- antisocial, only wish contact with other dragonkin
- secretive and withdrawn from other people
- hoarding things other people would consider worthless
- like shiny or valuable things
Those personality traits are not universal for all dragonkin and can vary. Most dragonkin, like all otherkin, live normal lifes with normal jobs, but often feel like strangers.
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- Mail Online: Transsexual 'dragon lady' who was born a man reveals how an HIV diagnosis inspired her to morph into a reptile, complete with a forked tongue and HORNS - because she 'didn't want to die a human
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