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House Rosa was formed in mid-2007 by S. Rune Emerson, in Northern Nevada, as a collaborative effort with the Kherete Tradition of House Kheperu in Ohio. House Rosa is a Kherete-influenced Vampire and Otherkin tradition, which means it takes a marginal amount of its inspiration from the teachings of House Kheperu, founded by Michelle Belanger. Kherete Houses are not directly affiliated with House Kheperu or the Kheprians in any way, other than some common links of lore and ritual. We, like most Kherete-inspired traditions, follow an ethical code equivalent with the Black Veil, as published in The Psychic Vampire Codex by Michelle Belanger.

House Rosa finds inspiration in the old myths of the Lilim, the supposed first spirit-children of Lilith: immortal souls born of night and fire, spirits neither good nor evil, bound to earth yet not mortal. These spirits, which were the Middle Eastern answer to the fae and other mythical creatures, were said to have the ability to be born in the bodies of earthly creatures, in the forms of plants or animals (including humans). They were known for their strange appetites and hungers, and odd skills or powers.

The members of House Rosa are those who identify as Otherkin, those who would have been seen as changelings or the spirit-touched in elder days. In addition to 'Kin, counted among the members of House Rosa are those mortal companions of Otherkin: not 'Kin themselves, but of a similar interest or common purpose. By using myth and history, modern lore and occult tradition, the members of the House pursue their many individual goals, and find a stabilizing and practical influence for their lives.

House Rosa is also influenced by the noble cortiagiane oneste, or "honest courtesan", the mistresses and escorts of Renaissance Europe. In a time where women had little to no rights and could only look forward to an often loveless marriage or a lonely life in a convent, the path of the courtesan offered freedom and a sense of prestige. Courtesans were well-educated in politics, arts, history, poetry...there was nothing forbidden to them. They were not simply bedmates, but companions and often served the role of wives or escorts at social functions, if a prominent figure had a wife who would not reflect well on him. Courtesans had a freedom not enjoyed by other women, and were figures of great power and influence, while also being subtle and acting behind the scenes.

Last Updated: January 11 2008 08:27:24