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Coyote Jones
August 19th, 2015, 03:40 PM
I know how a coyote aligned with Coyote tends to think, but I'm curious about other species. What reminds you of you? It could be an article, a picture (within stated forum limits), a recipe for meat, a climbing structure, a type of food, a cultural association, a type of housing, a patch of textured cloth, a season, a perfume, a set of pawprints, a set of lyrics, a photograph of field or jungle, a pattern, a poem, a prey animal; anything, really, if it brings out your animality or reminds you of your animal, including cultural associations or mythology or spirituality if any of that is relevant to you.

This article feels very Coyote to me: Newborn Loses Faith In Humanity After Record 6 Days (http://www.theonion.com/article/newborn-loses-faith-in-humanity-after-record-6-day-29588)

“The kid’s not even a week old, and he has the thousand-yard stare of a middle-aged man,” said psychologist Helen James, one of the cognitive scientists who verified that by his third day of life, Nathan had already begun to sense the overwhelming air of desperation surrounding other people. “That look that says, ‘I’ve finally given up on the reassuring fictions that prop up humanity’s delusional self-image as dignified, intelligent, or decent in any way.’ He knows the truth.”

I shapeshift. If you can't find anything relevant and maybe a bit abstract about your animal, I could try to find something for you. I'd be happy to try. It sounds like an interesting challenge. Let me know!

Wolf Daughter
August 19th, 2015, 07:38 PM

Wardruna's music is used for most of the soundtrack in History Channel's show Vikings. The music alone helps me feel connected to older things because wolves are an older species on the planet. The music connects me to ancient spirits, energy, beliefs, and times in human history when it was encouraged to find the animal within for strength and courage during battle.

"The possibility of transmigration – being reborn as a different species – is also present in the surviving material concerning the ancient Germanic worldview, although, fragmentary as the sources are, no specific instances of this have come down to us. Another prominent part of the self is the fylgja (Old Norse “follower”), an animal spirit that has a significant influence on the person’s character. (Having a bear fylgja is a sign of noble birth, a wolf of savagery, a pig of gluttony, etc.). We also know that the ancient Germanic peoples saw the boundary between the human and animal worlds as being quite porous, as evidenced especially by the numerous examples of shapeshifting and totemism in the period sources." - http://norse-mythology.org/concepts/death-and-the-afterlife/

Watching the fight scenes from the show Vikings, made me feel like this modern life as a human is so boring an unfulfilling. I long for battle. The wolf is a hunter, a fighter, and a killer. But I don't go looking for fights because I'm slight of body and not very knowledgable in combat. Unless I could carry my sword everywhere, but that's not legal. It would be confiscated. I have been practicing HEMA for a year now, focusing on the German longsword techniques. The training and skirmishing help me release tension like wolves would when wrestling and playing with each other.

August 20th, 2015, 07:18 AM
People with central and west african accents always remind me, especially women, hearing them nearby makes me feel like a young bonobo in a sanctuary back home and these women are caring for me. I imagine myself jumping on their shoulders and dangling off their legs, reliving a childhood that I'd never even lived though it seems for all the world like it was my own.
Also this sort of music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thbZS4OqgWc

There are some other pieces of music that I associate with bonobos, whether lyrically or because of the music itself. Often I don't even know why I just get bonobo feels from it. The lyrics often speak to the more conceptual side of bonobo.
Lady Gaga always does it for me. xD
Also some of all about eve's music

Oh Coyote do you think you could find anything new for me? =3

Coyote Jones
August 20th, 2015, 02:10 PM
@Wolf Daughter: Wardruna is excellent! A friend recommended their music to me. I like the relative absence of lyrics giving way to thunder and other soundscapes. Very wolfy. I hear you about the physical fighting. I wouldn't want to go into battle, myself, but then I'm not a wolf. I can sort of understand and appreciate the warrior spirit, especially with broadswords, which are awesome. I can imagine the adrenaline.

@Lopori: Oooo. I have some music to listen to. Danke! I've been very coywolf-shifty lately, but when I can relax a bit and pick up on some bonobo mojo, I'll see what interests me. ^.^

Coyote Jones
September 6th, 2015, 01:35 AM
@Lopori: I found something... from a Wiki page about a type of hippie gathering. *cringe* But wait! I'm not equating bonobos with hippies.* You've made yourself perfectly clear in that regard. What I want to draw your attention to is the last paragraph, the one about a trading economy:

As Michael Niman notes, "Rainbow Gatherings, as a matter of principle, are free and non-commercial." Using money to buy or sell anything at Rainbow Gatherings is taboo. There are no paid organizers, although there are volunteers ("focalizers") who are crucial to setting up the gathering site. Participants are expected to contribute money, labor, and/or material. All labor is voluntary and never formally compensated; conversely, there is no monetary cost or prior obligation required to attend a Rainbow Gathering.

Aside from taking up collections (the "Magic Hat" in Rainbow parlance) for essential items purchased from the local community, there is little or no exchange of currency internally at a Gathering. The primary principle is that necessities should be freely shared, while luxuries can be traded. A designated trading area is a feature at most U.S. Gatherings. It is called "trading circle" if it is circular and "barter lane" if it is linear. Frequently traded items include items such as sweets (often referred to as "zuzus"), books, zines, crystals, rocks, gems, and handcrafts. In some rare cases people may even trade marijuana or smoking pipes (usually when no police are in the area). Snickers bars have emerged as a semi-standardized unit of exchange at some gatherings.[5]

Which sounds/feels more bonobo to me than human, like a zoo bonobo getting rewarded with fruit pieces and other treats. While feeling bonobo-shifty, I'd love to give and receive treats with a group of friendly and likeminded people. But what are your thoughts?

*To be fair, I don't associate coyotes with hippies, either, and yet I'll sometimes draw parallels with coyote and Burning Man, as sold-out and cliched as that gathering is. Because fire and naked people.

September 6th, 2015, 09:48 AM
I think I can sort of imagine where you're going with that, though in general I'm mostly picturing Barter Town from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Though if rainbow gatherings did have a thunderdome, that would be waaaay more chimpy. TWO MEN ENTER ONE MAN LEAVES.
While I don't make the association with hippies usually, I do find some hippy-ish philosophies and subcultures do ring true with the "archetype" rather than the mundane reality. Like how you have things that remind you of the archetype of coyotes and the mundane reality for the animal itself, I get that too. Like I said with Lady Gaga songs having lyrics that describe the generalised set-up.
But yeah, with the rainbow gatherings nothing much jumps at me but I can get where you're coming from.

Coyote Jones
September 6th, 2015, 04:20 PM
Why are apes so hard for me? It's harder than shifting human. I'd have to watch them, I think, to get a feel for how they move, how they live. I'm too misanthropic for my own good. Hmm... *goes to try something else*

*gnaws on a pear* (both a human food and coyote chow)

September 6th, 2015, 05:29 PM
Why are apes so hard for me? It's harder than shifting human. I'd have to watch them, I think, to get a feel for how they move, how they live. I'm too misanthropic for my own good. Hmm... *goes to try something else*

*gnaws on a pear* (both a human food and coyote chow)
Heh, I honestly can't say seen as it's too easy for me. xD Though don't force it or anything or nothing will happen! And what seems apey to you might not seem apey to me but it's an individual, subjective thing really.
If you want to see them move around and stuff here's a good playist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZoq0aQ9mso&list=PL5zSrZ28C-pHIjZiPS1INAblaWRg1oZJJ