“We are called Satanists by other inmates. And we not only have to fight the inmates, we have to fight the administration. We are not anti-Christian. They are anti-pagan.”
— Dave Chamberlain, New Hampshire inmate and leader of Pagan inmates group
“Almost immediately, I found myself under attack for being Wiccan. The police are more than happy to provide you with a Christian Bible and chaplain. The jail has numerous opportunities to get out of your cell, provided you want to hear Christian messages. Other than that, you stew. The guards will send the other inmates that go to church your way. They are usually not pleasant to talk to. Most are recently converted and feel a personal mission to bring you to their God.”
— Cyrus Hensley, Missouri inmate
Pagans in Prison
Our Brothers (and Sisters) Behind Bars
by Kenaz Filan
Otherkin: Awakening the Nonhuman
Awakening the Nonhuman
The spring I was seventeen years old, eleven years ago now, was one of the most significant of my life. I was a high school junior, anticipating my senior year and preoccupied with mundane matters like taking tests, and applying for college. I had just started a new relationship with a guy who introduced me to the Internet, Paganism and magic. He also introduced me to the concept of Otherkin.
I’d just had my primary totem, Wolf, come back into my life after giving Horse a few years to get me through my awkward junior high years. I didn’t know these entities were totems at the time; I just knew that these animals had very strong influences on me. Wolf had been with me my entire life, and unlike Horse I felt Wolf was not only a guide, who I really was inside. I didn’t have a concept to explain what I felt — until I found out about Otherkin.