Spirits in the Otherfaith often have associations and ties to our gods. Some can be placed into groups known as the Greater, Younger, or Smaller Spirits. This triad of spirits serve specific purposes within the religion and impact human-god relationships. Many other spirits do not fit into the triad but establish their own unique relationships with the gods and ourselves.
Individual People may identify as Pagan, and there is no restriction against participating in other Pagan religions.
(Audio provided by Aine Llewellyn)
The first group of gods may be referred to as the First Quartet or, facetiously, Elder Gods. The second group may be called the Latter Gods or Second Quartet. The two groups can be roughly understood to be more distant from humanity (First Quartet) and more similar and receptive to humanity (Second Quartet).
The term Four+ Gods, Four/Four Gods, or simply Four Gods envelopes all of the Other People's deities.
The gods were discovered in early 2011 by Aine Llewellyn during her religious and magical work. Aine intentionally reached out to new divine forces in the world and was met by the Laetha. It was through working with the Laetha that the other Four Gods were revealed. Further understanding of our gods came from storytelling and contemplation upon the holy powers. Current and future understandings of the Four+ Gods will stem from much of the same.
The Otherfaith currently suits best those comfortable or preferring online community. Those looking for established structures and rituals will not find a great fit; the Otherfaith is young and still developing ritual and practical structure. Those interested in the idea of new gods and spirits, or those individuals interested in shaping a new religious tradition, may find a good home. Being young, the Otherfaith is best fit for those who are focused on experimentation and action in their religious, spiritual, and magical lives. It is heavily US-based, though anyone from across the globe should reach out to these gods and spirits if so desired. The Otherfaith is truly made by those who 'show up', and so in this sense the Otherfaith is for them.
Laity are intended to make up the bulk of the People. Laity have no strict obligation to the Other People nor the gods, but they are encouraged to contribute as they feel comfortable and see fit. Current roles can be considered 'active' and 'inactive' members, as well as more storytelling-focused members, and the spokesperson (currently Aine Llewellyn).
The spiritual and magical focus of the Other People involves combining a Person's energy with that of the fairies in the Otherfaith. The union of the human with the Other is at the core of these practices. It would be expected that a Person pursuing such practices would adopt behaviors and ideas similar to the spirit/god they are attempting to integrate with. Further focuses would be decided by the specific god or spirit a Person is training under. Spiritual and magical training in the Otherfaith is currently done through direct spirit interaction, making access to it limited. This is something that will be hopefully rectified in the future.
Aine is also the spokesperson for the Other People. This means that she does the majority of the writing and public work for the 'faith, and she is entrusted with helping members become comfortable in the Otherfaith.