Thursday, April 4, 2013

Therians/ Therianthropy


First off quoting "Wikipedia"
"A therian may also be a member of the contemporary subculture of therianthropy, which is based on a spiritual and/or psychological identification with animals."
"Therianthropy refers to the metamorphosis of humans into animals. Therianthropes are said to change forms via shapeshifting. Therianthropes have long existed in mythology, appearing in ancient cave drawings such as the Sorcerer at Les Trois Frères."

"The term therianthropy comes from the Greek theríon, θηρίον, meaning "wild animal" or "beast" (impliedly mammalian), and anthrōpos, άνθρωπος, meaning "human being". It was used to refer to animal transformation folklore of Asia and Europe as early as 1901. Sometimes, "zoanthropy" is used instead of "therianthropy"
Therianthropy was also used to describe spiritual belief in animal transformation in 1915 and one source raises the possibility the term may have been used in the 16th century in criminal trials of suspected werewolves."

"Shape-shifting in folklore and religion
Shapeshifting refers to the alteration of physical appearance, in this case, from human to animal. Lycanthropy, the transformation into a wolf, is the best known form of therianthropy, followed by cynanthropy, or transformation into a dog, and ailuranthropy, or transformation into a cat.[7] Werehyenas are present in the stories of several African and Eurasian cultures, while wererats are rare in historical legends, but have become common in modern fiction.

Shape-shifting in folklore and religion

Shapeshifting refers to the alteration of physical appearance, in this case, from human to animal. Lycanthropy, the transformation into a wolf, is the best known form of therianthropy, followed by cynanthropy, or transformation into a dog, and ailuranthropy, or transformation into a cat.[7] Werehyenas are present in the stories of several African and Eurasian cultures, while wererats are rare in historical legends, but have become common in modern fiction.

Lycanthropy (werewolves)



For furries, it's a hobby, Therians are the spiritual ones. I can say that for myself, I'm a furry BECAUSE I'm a therian, and suiting makes me feel closer to my animal. However, there's lots of furries who just do it for fun. They do it for enjoyment, making people smile, etc. There are definitely some therian furries, but not all furries are therians. It would be therianthropy that would conflict with a religion, however I'm a therian and a Christian as well so... it depends on your view on your religion. Being a furry should have no influence on your spiritual beliefs at all.

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