General Otherfaith

'Otherfaith' is the name of the religion revering the Four+ Gods. Originally, the religion was called 'the faith of the Other People'. It was eventually shortened to Otherfaith for ease. The religion is polytheistic and animist with threads of witchcraft.
'Other People' refers to those who participate in the Otherfaith. The term can also refer to fairies, which were sometimes called the 'other folk'. The Otherfaith emphasizes connection to the spirits and working in tune with the otherworldly. For this reason, practitioners are called Other People.
The 'Others' are the gods and spirits in the 'faith. The Other People consider our spirits to be fairies, albeit ones rather different from folkloric fae. We call ourselves the 'Other People' as practitioners of the Otherfaith aim to understand and integrate these fairies into our lives and beings.

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.

In 2016, the Otherfaith is six years old. It was started in late 2010. Aine Llewellyn founded the group with the help of other young polytheists.
The Other People worship a group of new gods called the Four+ Gods. They are also called the Four Gods or the Four/Four Gods. There are a total of eight deities that the Other People revere. The first four are known as the Clarene, Ophelia, Laetha, and Dierne. The latter four are called the Laethelia, Ophelene, Darren, and Liathane. As a whole, they are associated with the compass rose. Each god can be assigned to a point on an eight-pointed compass rose. The majority of these gods were revealed to/discovered by Aine Llewellyn; the last two gods, the Darren and the Liathane, were revealed to other members of the 'faith.
The Four+ Gods are considered by the People to be 'fairy gods'. The first of the Four, the Clarene, is said to have been born to a fairy queen somewhere in Europe. After being expelled by her mother she travels the world and meets the various spirits and humans that become the first gods: the Ophelia, Laetha, and Dierne. Each of the gods of the People can be said to originate from some location on earth.

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 storytelling, direct experience, contemplation, and community agreement.

Anyone who is interested in our gods and/or spirits is welcome to become part of the Other People. The Otherfaith reveres and perceives of our gods and spirits in certain ways. For example, we consider the Clarene a harvest god, the Ophelia a river deity, the Laetha a god of destruction, the Dierne as a god of consent. An individual who perceives these gods in radically different ways - such as the Clarene being a sky deity, or similarly dissonant conceptions of these gods and spirits - would likely not be a good fit for the Otherfaith community.

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.

The Other People can be theoretically divided into three groups: laity, clergy, and mystics. Clergy are intended to fill a leadership role, educating newcomers and helping the People with religious questions and issues. Mystics fill a more magical role within the tradition. Currently the Otherfaith is too small to have true dividing lines between members, so all roles and divisions are theoretical and meant to be put in practice and improved upon.

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).

Religious practice in the Otherfaith emphasizes revering the Four+ Gods and their attendant spirits. The most basic of Otherfaith practices would include prayers during holy times to the appropriate entities. More involved practices include telling stories about the gods and spirits, writing or contemplating upon them, as well as regulating dress and lifestyle in accordance with how an individual perceives a god/spirit prefers.

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 Llewellyn is the founder of the Otherfaith. She resides in the Southwest US, where she was raised. She has been a pagan and magical sort for over a decade and was raised in a loosely pagan household. In her mid-twenties, she founded the Otherfaith at seventeen.

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.