Therianthropy

Werewolf transformations are not the only kind of animal transformation believed in. The term that refers to human – animal metamorphosis is therianthropy. Lycanthropy is a form of therianthropy. The belief in therianthropes is not a modern-day belief, and is referenced throughout history and cultures including Native American folklore, Chinese legends, and even Altaic mythology. Theriantrhopic means part man / part beast – something commonly depicted even as far back as ancient egyptian art – for example, the jackal-headed god anubis was one of many half human – half beast gods that were worshipped.

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38 Responses

  1. Alice says:

    Wow I am surprised that Sabrefang hasn’t commented on this before. He is like the master or “Pack leader” if I’m speaking dog on this site.

  2. Hachina says:

    Yes, therianthropy today is basically being a ‘spiritual/mental were’. It’s like a whole sub-culture. In fact, I think it is! lol

  3. uNkNoWnWuLf says:

    being a therian is just another name for a were (lik werewolf or watevr ur phenotype may be)

  4. Cas says:

    so we australians can be were-dingos?

  5. Alice says:

    What is a were-dingo?

  6. Cas says:

    a person who changes into a dingo instead of a wolf and not mention places without wolves like africa can have were-lions

  7. Alice says:

    What is a dingo?

  8. Cas says:

    its a native dog of australia. your on the internet, look it up.

  9. Alice says:

    Why don’t you go stand in the bottom of a lake for three hours stupid mutt

  10. Cas says:

    this is why you annoy me vamp!
    anyway a dingo is a wild dog (Canis dingo) of Australia, having a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown coat.

  11. Alice says:

    DOnt make me go over there! U house trained yet heard u pissed on ur mom u stupid mix breed

  12. Cas says:

    yeah i am housetrained leech and yes i am allowed on the couch before you ask

  13. uNkNoWnWuLf says:

    omg seriously wats with the fighting on this site -__-

    and yes, you would be called a weredingo.

  14. uNkNoWnWuLf says:

    there arent just were wolves out there…there are more…thats why some sites seriously piss me off because there are more than one phenotype.

  15. Mutt says:

    yeah. I know.

  16. howl says:

    a freind of mine is a were-hawk

  17. padfoot says:

    wow alice your touchy

  18. llyon says:

    alice where do you live? my friends have lost contact with me…. pls help

  19. jakar says:

    interesting

  20. alpha female lone wolf says:

    cool i know of anubus and there is the one that is half falcon or hawk i think his name is ra

  21. Kitsunekraze900 says:

    I have a friend who is a wolf therian. She’s quite cool and acts a lot like a wolf.

  22. lycanhope says:

    Werewolves are therianthropes, thats the correct term for a human which can shift into an animal. Yes, i think dingos are a valid type of therian, but i dont think falcons are. It has to do with the laws of conservation of matter, the molecules in your new body have to come from somewere so they come from your old body. The smallest type of therian i know of is a fox.

  23. Hachina says:

    @lycanhope: Therianthropy is hardly ever physical. It’s usually spiritual and mental. There are people who have/are animals even smaller than an falcon. Look here and here

  24. Aconissa says:

    I recently went on holiday to Cambodia, where there once lived a large ancient civilization known as the Khmer, and so we visited lots of archaeological sites from this civilization, and I found lots of half-human half-animal creatures. As Khmer is Hindu influenced, I also saw lots of Hindu gods and goddesses that were therian-like. For example, there is the Garuda (half bird), Ganesha (half elephant) and lots of demi-gods and guardians who had animal heads. This proves that at least the idea of Therians has been present in most civilizations, and of course ideas have to have basis, so there may have beens therians openly present to the people of most of the world.

  1. January 9, 2010

    […] the only way they could clearly draw a creature such as a werewolf.   The images were clearly therianthropes, meaning they were half man half beast – most of them depicting the half man as having the […]

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