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Nov. 11th, 2009 @ 10:28 am Research Project Help
Hello,  I am in the process of writing a research paper for my cultural anthropology class and I am needing to interview individuals of the sub cultural I am researching.  I have chosen to research Otherkins and I am hoping someone will be willing to take a few minutes to answer my questions.

Some of these might seem mundane but I promise they reflect directly to what I am required to cover in my paper.  I have tried to word these as not offend anyone but I might have failed, so if something is offensive I apologize in advance and if you would explain how it is offensive that would help me greatly.  As of right now everything I have found is either from a book or what I have read on the internet so I am at a disadvantage. Here goes.

1.  Is your identity as an Otherkin as a whole, more or less important than you identity as a specific creature?  Do you feel more connected with people of your own identity or simply otherkins as a whole.

2.  How does your identity as an otherkin affect your daily life?

3.  Do you feel that your friends and family understand the meaning of your otherkin identity?

4.  Have you awakened?  And if so would you tell me about it?

5.  What otherkin do you identify with?  Has this changed over time or have you always been the same creature?

6.  I have read that there are some biological explanations for a blending of species.  How do you feel about these explanations and does it matter to you if this can be explained by science?

7.  Do you practice a specific religion?  If so what and how does it affect your otherkin identity?

8.  How has identifying yourself as an Otherkin improved your life?

Once again I appreciate all the help I can get.  I have to turn my paper in the beginning of December so the sooner a response can be sent the better.

Thank you for all your help.
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peachesviii:
Jun. 6th, 2009 @ 04:43 pm Vampires Today: The Truth About Modern Vampirism (Academic Book) + Otherkin Interests

The author of the following book will be delivering a paper on Otherkin in August (2009) at the Association for the Sociology of Religion's annual conference in San Francisco, CA.  If you know of individuals with insightful perspectives or interviews to provide regarding Otherkin or the Otherkin Community e-mail us at research@suscitatio.com and we'll pass along your contact information to Mr. Laycock.  He is already in communication with quite of number of individuals from the Otherkin community to ensure as accurate a representation as possible. 

If you're interested in the Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study (VEWRS/AVEWRS), sanguinarian and/or psychic vampirism w/secondary focus on Otherkin / Therianthropy, or the vampire community in general you will want to purchase a copy of this book.  There hasn't been anything quite like this published before... a very different kind of text/approach than that of Ramsland, Guiley, Guinn, and others.

The academic and sociological significance of this work can't be underscored enough.  Laycock offers a sweeping scholarly examination of the vampire community and the process of self-identification as a vampire.  He counters many of the negative stereotypes of the vampire community and posits thought-provoking arguments regarding ontological diversity.  I strongly encourage everyone to obtain a copy of this book and link to it as a resource for vampirism and the vampire community.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Vampires-Today-Truth-Modern-Vampirism/dp/0313364729/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230149021&sr=1-1

Praeger Publishers:  http://www.greenwood.com/catalog/C36472.aspx

Religion Dispatches Article:  http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/rdbook/1438/modern_vampires%3A_your_neighbors_and_spouses/?page=1

Vampires Today:  The Truth About Modern Vampirism
Joseph Laycock


Chapter 1:  What Is a Vampire? or, The Varieties of Vampiric Experience
Chapter 2:  Why Vampires?
Chapter 3:  The Vampire Milieu
Chapter 4:  Initiatory Vampire Groups:  Vampirism as Apotheosis
Chapter 5:  The Vampire Community
Chapter 6:  Vampirism and Religion, a Dialogue
Chapter 7:  Out of the Shadows
Chapter 8:  Vampires and the Modern
Bibliography & Index

Names You May Recognize (Mentioned and/or Contributed Material):

Atlanta Vampire Alliance, Corvis Nocturnum, Daemonox, D'Drennan, Don Henrie, Dozens of Groups/Houses/etc. (House Dark Haven, House Eclipse, House Kheperu, House of the Dreaming, House Pantheon, House Quinotaur, House Sahjaza, Temple of the Vampire, Order of the Vampyre, Ordo Strigoi Vii, etc.), Eclecta, Father Sebastiaan, Father Vincent, Goddess Rosemary, J. Gordon Melton, Kiera, Lady CG, Lady Dark Rose, Lord Alistair, Madame X, Maloryn, Martin Riccardo, Merticus, Michelle Belanger, Nicholas, Sanguinarius, Sarah Dorrance, Shadowlore, SoulSplat, SphynxCatVP, Stephen O'Mallie, Vlad & Sky, Voices of the Vampire Community, Vyrdolak, & Zilchy

Inside Cover: 

Vampires are not just the stuff of folklore and fiction. This book explores the modern world of vampirism in all its variety.

Around the globe, untold numbers of people are identifying as "vampires" and following the ways of "vampirism."  But what does it mean to be a vampire?  Is vampirism a religion? Is it a fantasy? Is it a medical condition?  Based upon extensive interviews with members of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance and others within vampire communities throughout the United States, Vampires Today looks at the many expressions of vampirism.

In the past two decades, modern vampirism has come under increased study, yet most scholarship has portrayed the vampire community as a cultural phenomenon or, at worst, as a religious cult. Having interviewed many vampires across the country, both "lifestylers" and "real," even those "reluctants" who try not to be vampires, Laycock argues that today's vampires are best understood as an identity group and that vampirism has caused a profound change in how individuals choose to define themselves. As vampires come "out of the closet," either as followers of a "religion" or "lifestyle" or as people biologically distinct from other humans, their confrontation with mainstream society will raise questions about the definition of "normal" and what it means to be human.

In this book, readers will meet "lifestyle vampires," who adopt a culture and a gothic ascetic associated with the vampires of art and legend.  They will be introduced to "real" vampires, who feel that they must actually consume blood and/or psychic energy for their well being.  They will hear from members of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance, and they will learn about the Order of the Vampyre, the Ordo Strigoi Vii, and the Temple of the Vampire.

There is no doubt that anyone who reads this book will find the details of real vampire life--including vampire role-playing games, grimoires, "vampyre" balls, vampire houses like House Sahjaza and House Kheperu, the vampire "caste" system, and other details--utterly fascinating.

Additional Notes:  The author holds a Masters of Divinity from Harvard University, a recipient of a grant from the Pluralism Project, and currently enrolled in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies at Boston University where he's working on his PhD.  He has presented on the topic of vampirism at the American Academy of Religion Conference in San Diego where he argued that "vampirism" should not be classified as a new religious movement (NRM) and to faculty at the University of Michigan and other institutional bodies on the sociological and emergent scientific aspects of vampirism.  Laycock is well versed in the structure of the vampire community, has interviewed many individuals from diverse paths, and attended multiple gatherings.
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houseava3:
Dec. 23rd, 2008 @ 07:20 pm Therian - Otherkin - Vampirism Research Surveys - Important Update

The long-term importance of the VEWRS & AVEWRS surveys can't be stressed enough and this will come into focus on a larger scale in May of 2009 with the publication of an academic book involving some of the information gathered thus far. This independent publication in May ‘09 necessitates that we stop accepting surveys and move full time into analysis and writing if we ever hope to finish this decade (over 130 additional surveys have been e-mailed to us after the initial Oct. ’07 deadline bring the response total to over 750+).  If you have not already completed these surveys (preferably both parts) PLEASE take an hour or so tonight or this weekend/over the holidays to sit down and complete at least the VEWRS (Part 1 - Survey). PLEASE encourage others you know to complete these surveys as well - we rely on your assistance to reach as many individuals online and offline as possible.
 
http://www.suscitatio.com

THESE SURVEYS ARE APPLICABLE IN PART TO THE THERIAN & OTHERKIN COMMUNITY - YOUR PARTICIPATION IS VALUED & IMPORTANT!  Nearly 200 Otherkin & Therians have already participated in this study and a year later we are extending the offer to participation one last time before initial publication of aspects of this study.  We intend to share the data with these groups so that both may benefit by having a clearer understanding of the demographics, experiences, and beliefs held by our different but often interlinked groups.  If there are questions located on the VEWRS (Part 1) & AVEWRS (Part 2) survey that are not applicable to you, simply answer "Not Applicable", leave blank, or where appropriate if a substitution of "vampire" or "energy worker" for "therian" or "otherkin" is applicable to you please feel free to answer and your response will be treated under the category you identify yourself as outlined on question #172 and #285 (Other - Write In) of the VEWRS and #383/384 and #982 of the AVEWRS.  The data will be divided into the follow classification based on your own self-identity.  Please encourage others from the Otherkin & Therian community to participate ASAP in this study!

V:ampire; V - VE - VO - VT - VEO - VET - VOT - VEOT
E:nergy Worker; E - EO - ET - EOT
O:therkin; O - OT
T:herian; T
 
How To Participate:

PLEASE download and complete the following survey(s) - if you don't have the time to complete both of these surveys please at least complete the 1st (VEWRS). Your input is more valuable than you realize and will help aid in the understanding of real vampirism, energy work, psychic phenomena, otherkin, therianthropy, etc.

Return the surveys to
response@suscitatio.com

SURVEYS: (Click Links To Download)

Part 1 - VEWRS (MS Word Format): 
http://www.suscitatio.com/images/VEWRS_Online_Survey.doc
Part 2 - AVEWRS (MS Word Format): 
http://www.suscitatio.com/images/AVEWRS_Online_Survey.doc

TROUBLESHOOTING: (If You Are Unable To Read The File) - Simply Copy/Paste From The Web Sites Below Into rtf/doc/pdf/text File Format or Direct E-mail, "X" Your Choices or Delete Any Non-Applicable Choice, Send As Attachment:

Part 1 - VEWRS (Text Format): 
http://www.suscitatio.com/VEWRS.htm
Part 2 - AVEWRS (Text Format): 
http://www.suscitatio.com/AVEWRS.htm

Sincerely,

- Suscitatio Research Staff

Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study

A Detailed Sociological & Phenomenological Examination Of The Real Vampire & Energy Worker Community With Secondary Focus On Therianthropy, Otherkin, & "Awakened" Individuals
Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC
http://www.suscitatio.com
research@suscitatio.com

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houseava3:
Aug. 20th, 2008 @ 06:10 pm TWILIGHT III - Seattle, WA - September 26-28, 2008 - Open Invitation To Our Therian Friends
This event is also available to those from the therian, energy worker, shamanic, and other related communities who share peaceful interest, open mindedness, and/or commonality with vampirism or those from our community.  This is an invitation to all those who maintain a serious desire to learn more about the real vampire community and who are able to attend current or future gatherings.


TWILIGHT III - Seattle, WA - September 26-28, 2008
A Formal Gathering of the Real Vampire Community
http://vampires.meetup.com/914/ 


TWILIGHT is a formal gathering of individuals involved in vampirism (practical and academic), coordinated by Merticus (http://www.myspace.com/merticus) (of Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC (http://www.suscitatio.com) and the Atlanta Vampire Alliance (http://www.atlantavampirealliance.com) and Daemonox (http://www.myspace.com/daemonox) (of the Vampirism Community eList (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vampirism). The goal of this gathering is to bring together the community's serious and sane for discussion, knowledge exchange, networking, and social engagement. This is an invitational event that screens attendees, and we reserve the right to refuse access to anyone.

TWILIGHT III will be held on the weekend of September 26-28th in Seattle, WA. This gathering will be officially hosted by Eric Bloodstorm (http://www.myspace.com/eric_bloodstorm_pdx) from Portland, OR, and Lady Slinky (http://www.myspace.com/ladyslinky) (of the VCMB (http://www.vcmb.org) from Seattle, WA, along with the Vampirism Community eList, which will celebrate its 10 Year Anniversary as of September 28th.

- Gathering Itinerary -

For this gathering, we have the following presentations and guest speakers planned, as well as several more that we look forward to committing to the conference shortly:

  - "The Vampire Archetype in Media, Culture, & the Real Vampire Community" by Michelle Belanger (of House Kheperu & author of "The Psychic Vampire Codex", "The Psychic Energy Codex", as well as author/compiler of "Vampires In Their Own Words")

  - "The Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study" by Merticus (of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA), & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC - authors of the study)

  - "Energy Work Within the Void: Integration of the Individual as a Whole" by Soma (of the Los Angeles shamanic & vampiric communities)

  - "Law As It Relates to the Real Vampire & BDSM Communities, & the Practical Reality of the Donor Contract" by J.G.C. (of the Los Angeles, CA legal field & vampiric community)

In addition to the presentations, there will be open group discussion, and discussions panels that will involve the aformentioned presenters along with the following special guests: Eric Bloodstorm (Portland, OR), Lady Slinky (Seattle, WA - VCMB), Cole (San Francisco, CA - Carpe Noctum), Zilchy (San Diego, CA - Vampire Q&A on YouTube), Daemonox (Los Angeles, CA - Vampirism Community eList), and as a delightful twist, Case (Seattle, WA - Seattle Skeptics). We look forward to adding more finalized details, such as topics and additional presentations shortly. Thank you for your patience.

- RSVP'ing For Gathering & Hotel Booking -

As of Tuesday, August 19th, TWILIGHT III is currently just over halfway booked, with a capacity limit of 60 people, maximum. Discount hotel rates for the location of this gathering will ONLY be available until September 1st! For this reason, early RSVP'ing and hotel registration is highly encouraged (you will not be charged until check-out). Please RSVP NOW (http://vampires.meetup.com/914/) to secure your ability to attend this gathering, and to receive your hotel booking information.

At this time we are also interested in hearing topic suggestions for group discussion and the panels, along with any questions or comments that you may have. Please contact either Merticus or Daemonox by way of Meetup.com, or make your topic suggestions in the TWILIGHT Meetup message board (http://vampires.meetup.com/914/messages/boards/).

Attendance is restricted to members of TWILIGHT only.

For more information, to join meetup.com, or to RSVP for this event, please visit:
http://vampires.meetup.com/914/

___________________________________________________

- TWILIGHT Gathering History -

TWILIGHT I was held in Los Angeles, CA on October 30, 2007, and officially hosted by The Wretched eList (California Vampires), and the Los Angeles Vampire Meetup Group. Originally intended as a one-off occurrence, the evening began with a formal banquet dinner on one level, and progressed to presentations and discussions on a second level. Presenting at this gathering was Michelle Belanger (of House Kheperu and author of The Psychic Vampire Codex), along with Merticus and Zero (of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA), and Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC - authors of Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study). With an attendance of 50 individuals, representative of many notable and active community members from the Southern Californian region, as well as attendees from as far away as South Carolina, Ohio, Georgia, and Northern California, this memorable gathering was heralded as a success and quickly demanded encore.

TWILIGHT II was held in Atlanta, Georgia on the weekend of March 7-9th, 2008, and was officially hosted by the Atlanta Vampire Alliance and Atlanta Vampire & Non-Conformists Meetup Group. Presentations were held by Jason Crutchfield and Michelle Belanger of House Kheperu, Merticus, Zero, and SethNunMin of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance, Alistair of House DarkHaven, Tau Peristera De Magdalene and Tau Heosphoros Iacchus of Liberi Sanguinis Luciferi, RavenHarte of Clan Caladvwlch, Stephen O'Mallie of Clan O'Mallie and House Vengeance, along with discussions involving Aislin Ni MorRhiaghan, Khan, Lady Onyx Ravyn, Allen Greenfield, and Daemonox, and group discussion of the much debated documentary, Vampyres: When Reality Goes Beyond Fiction. With an outstanding attendance of 75 people, this gathering brought together attendees as far away as California, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, North & South Carolina, Alabama, along with the greater Atlanta region, and set an even higher standard for future TWILIGHT gatherings.

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houseava3:
Jun. 18th, 2008 @ 12:26 am New here....
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

 

Hello there. Kamali here. I just joined earlier today, had to go to work so I am just now posting my intro.

Name: Niki
Age: 22
Location: Thornton, CO
Theriotype: White wolf
Werename: Kamali

What does therianthropy mean to you?:

It means so many things to me. It means feeling at home in a close circle of friends but out of place in a huge crowd. It means feeling out of place and trapped in the city but free and Home in the mountains. Nature has always felt close to me, I have always been more comfortable in nature. The best way I can describe it, is that I can't really walk around the neighborhood at night even though it's not a bad one, but get me at the lake or in the mountains and I can walk around by myself and feel safe. It means feeling complete knowing that the wolf is a part of me, that it I am the wolf.

What makes you sure you're a therian?:

I'm still new to this, so I'm still researching. But what I have come across so far makes me feel that this is me. That a therian is what I am.

Do you ever shift?:

So far what I can tell, I have only had Dream shifts. These I would associate as memories or what it would be like to physicaly be wolf. The tastes and smells and feel of everything is so real. I have looked at what Mental and phantom shifts are I know for certain I haven't had a phantom shift but Mental...maybe I have have to go back to some experiences and see whether that's what they were.

If you could, would you change this about yourself?:

Nooooo not at all this is who I am!

What would you change about your theriotype, if you could?:

Not a single thing!!!
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k_rockstar:
Mar. 23rd, 2008 @ 10:21 pm New here.
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Forsaken-Within Temptation
Hey there. The name's Katya. That or Kat. One or the other is fine. Uhm, I'm a high school student from VA and I've known that I am a therian for about three to four years. I went through alot of stages as the evidence of my therianthropy began to show, but once I found out about therianthropy it clicked, and I just knew, thats what I've been all this time.

I also have a gaurdian. A grey wolf male named "Ishnu". He's been with me since before I realized I was a therian and has really helped me through alot of things.

Uh, other than that? I'm pretty easy going, and nice-ish. :] And I'm really happy to have found a community of therians. I've been looking for a while and have been on sites such as Werewolf.com and Otherkin.com but I guess I never really made friends with anyone there. Hope my experience here will be different.


Name: Katya (Kat)
Age: 16
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Theriotype: White wolf
Werename: Uhm...I'm not really sure. Its never really come to me before.

What does therianthropy mean to you?:

It means feeling different among my friends yet the same. It means feeling almost at home it the woods, in the snow, at a mountains base. Its just apart of who I am and affects my life in one of the most positive ways.

What makes you sure you're a therian?:

I've gone through alot of things to get to where I am now. I went through alot of stages as the..I guess the word is "signs" (I know theres another word, I just can't think of it right now. X3) that I was a therian appeared. For a while I thought I was a furry, then a werewolf, but never actually physically shifted, but had phantom shifts, then finally went through awakening. It just feels so right being a therian, and I know I am one. Its apart of who I am.

Do you ever shift?:

Mhm. Usually its my tail, or my ears. Sometimes I even get fur, claws, fangs, and even on occasion, whiskers. I also have mental shifts, and dreams.
Some of my dreams I guess are my brain trying to express itself, by showing me what it would like to still be a wolf, whereas others, I believe are actual memories.

If you could, would you change this about yourself?:

Nononononono. :]  Like I said before, it feels so right, I would never change the way I am.

What would you change about your theriotype, if you could?:

No. I'm absolutely fine with being what I am, a wolf. I might want to remember more, about how I used to be as a wolf, but other than that? Not a thing.
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fizzgig_kat:
Feb. 15th, 2008 @ 07:44 pm IRC Channels
I dont know how many of you use IRC, but there are two channels I wanted to mention that are of possible relevance to therians. Both are on dal.net.

(1) is #dark_plains, which is a therian specific channel (I'm sorry, this is shameless self-promotion!)

(2) is #darkwaters, which is really just a catch-all otherkin channel that's usually busier 

I *hope* it's okay that I put these here.

If it isn't, please please delete this post and I am sorry!!

**Senna, in Day 2 of a Shift** 
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sennagray:
Jan. 15th, 2008 @ 08:16 pm Yet another intro
Current Location: home
Current Mood: hyperhyper
Current Music: Nine Inch Nails

Name: Felidae
Age: 17
Location: Seattle, Washinton USA
Theriotype: Iberian lynx and gargoyle

What does therianthropy mean to you?:

Being a therian means to me being me, if that makes any sense. I guess it means having attributes of an animal, it means knowing things about some things that I should have no knowledge of and having killer instincts at times. It means being confused yet at the same time having pride in that little bit of knowledge that I have.

What makes you sure you're a therian?:

I just am. I knew what my theriotype was the second Ii saw a pisture of an Iberian lynx though I had been searching through many types of felines before that. And when I cal myself a lynx and gargoyle therian it feels right deep inside of me.

Do you ever shift?:

I do a lot If I can not feel my wings it is my ears or my stub, if I am not one I am usually the other.

If you could, would you change this about yourself?: 

No, I would never want to no longer be a therian, I would be different in so many ways if I wasn't what I am.

What would you change about your theriotype, if you could?:

I would probably make some of my memories clearer, or maybe be able to find other gargoyles, they seem rather rare.
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felidae_0:
Jan. 13th, 2008 @ 01:23 pm Introduction
Current Mood: Procrastinating
I'm assuming this is the format we need our intros to be in. But if there's any questions, please ask!

Name: Katie / Nousagi
Age: 18
Location: Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Theriotype: (Mutt) domestic rabbit.

What does therianthropy mean to you?:

Even though being a therian doesn't make me better than anyone (of course!), for me it's a blessing. It's been a part of me that's cleaned me up and gotten me away from making stupid teenaged, hormone driven decisions.

What makes you sure you're a therian?: 

I don't think anyone can ever be 100% sure, but I went through "awakening" and a "reawakening". I have shifts and dreams/visions which I claim to be memory recall. This is really summed up, but after about four years of being in the community and working things out, I'm pretty sure I am.

Do you ever shift?:

I do, daily. Mostly mental and phantom shifts. My phantom shifts mainly consist of ears and a tail, but I also experience fur, paws, teeth, and whiskers on rare ocassions.

If you could, would you change this about yourself?: 

E gads no! I love being a therian, and as I've stated, it's helped pushed me to become a better person. It keeps me out of trouble and has become a vital role in my life.

What would you change about your theriotype, if you could?:

Nothing, I would surely come to love my theriotype regardless of what it would be. For example, even though I dislike dogs, if my theriotype was canid in nature, I would surely feel an affinity towards them.
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tendre:
Jan. 6th, 2008 @ 01:47 pm I enter!
Current Location: Home.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Abney Park - Downtrodden
Name: Alex Beardshaw
Age*: 17
Location*: Brighton, England
Phenotype(s): Wolf.

What does therianthropy mean to you?:
This is very hard to put into words for me.  A wild rush of disjointed words and unexplainable feelings coarse through you and you feel at one with your animal. 
What makes you sure you're a therian?:  I didn't know a thing about therianthropy or furries or anything before my affinity with wolves awoke, I just had an epiphany one day and I realised what I was.  For the past few years I've been a bit more spiritual and this connection has intensified dramatically. I decided to try and look for an explanation and I finally found something on therianthropy, when I read about it I knew that this was what I was.
Do you ever "shift" (mentally; in your dreams)?: I do sometimes have dreams when I'm shifted, most of the time I mentally shift - I start thinking differently and don't notice it until I snap out of it.
If you could, would you change this about yourself?: Absolutely not, being a therianthrope is what I am and will always be.
What would you change about your phenotype, if you could?: Nothing.

(I'd like to note that my userpic does not make me a furry, I like anthropomorphic stuff but I don't consider myself a furry - though I have no problem with them)
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Coloured
atticushart: