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. Greyr says:

    lol. jenna really did do something on this post lol XD

  2. bloodmuffins says:

    A therianthrope is simply someone that identifies as a non-human animal on a non-physical level, either spiritually or mentally. Those claiming to be able to physically shapeshift are usually met with a reality check. It shouldn’t be too difficult for people to understand that changing one’s physical form is physically impossible. As much as we wish it were possible, it just isn’t.

    Yes, there can be all sorts of therians with all sorts of theriotypes, definitely not just wolves. It has nothing to do with where you live though. It’s just who you are, simple as that. Therianthropy oftentimes is described as feeling like “an animal trapped in a human body”.

    That said, I am in fact a dingo therian, so yes, they do exist.

    If any of you are interested in mature, rational conversation on a logical, sane forum on the matter, I suggest checking out the Werelist.

  3. Aconissa says:

    @bloodmuffins: Out of curiosity, where are you from? You said you are a dingo-therian, but that can be confusing as dingos live in Australia but the first came to australia from Asia/Africa when Aboriginal people first arrived, 60,000 years ago.

  4. Suki says:

    But there has to be a bit of insanity to keep on sane. 🙂

  5. Lunar says:

    The Carolina Dog is refered to as a North American Dingo because it resembles the Dingo so closely. I don’t think it’s actually a Dingo though.

  6. bloodmuffins says:

    @Aconissa: I’m from the US, but what does that have to do with anything? A person’s therianthropy has nothing to do with where they live. If someone told you that, they’re either pulling your leg or lying. Either way, it’s false information. Again, I encourage you or anyone else interested in learning more about therianthropy from mature, rational people on a friendly forum to visit the Werelist.

    (Sorry I didn’t reply for so long…I didn’t expect any replies, much less so soon >.<)

  7. Aconissa says:

    @bloodmuffins: I just thought it’s more likely to have dingo(the aussie variety)-therians from places where that animal lives. Oh well.

  8. bloodmuffins says:

    @Aconissa: Why oh well? If you don’t my asking. And really, there could be a small bit of truth in what you’re saying, only because people that live in a certain area will have more experiences with a certain animal, so they’ll call themselves that animal instead of one they’ve never heard of. For example, you could have someone from Australia calling themselves a dingo therian, while they’re actually some other canine, but they call themselves a dingo because that’s what they’re more familiar with. I guess it just depends on how much a person goes out of their way to research animals before slapping a label on~

  9. I love animals… but i think that was before.. no i just feel like eating animals blood from the meat… bloody meat!!! bloodddyyy meat!!!!!!! they taste good and smell good!!!

    note: that was only a reaction so dont ever think that im crazily doing that cause i aint 😉

  10. Aconissa says:

    @bloodmuffins: Oh well because it seems it was a flawed idea

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    […] characteristics. When describing what are werewolves you’ll also often hear the term “therianthropy“.   Therianthropy is the word used to describe humans that transform or shift into animal […]

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