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A Therianthrope is a member of the contemporary subculture of Therianthropy, which is based on a spiritual, psychological, and/or neurobiological identification as a non-human animal. Therianthropes understand that they have physical human bodies.

Therian is the short form of therianthrope. These are the current terms for a person who has a strong internal self-identification as a being of a non-human species. Around 2005, Therian became the commonly used short form of Therianthrope, replacing the old term Were. The term “therianthropy” was first mentioned in AHWW on December, 14, 1994.[1]

There are many sub-types of therians that may or may not be mutually exclusive:

References

  1. Therianthropy, AHWW, December 14, 1994 https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!searchin/alt.horror.werewolves/therianthropy%7Csort:date/alt.horror.werewolves/-Bl7zmVezJs/lCpsZ-AAUToJ
Scribner, O. “Otherkin lexicon: A multi-lingual dictionary of jargon used in the communities of otherkin, therianthropes, and other similar peoples, v. 0.1 Abridged.” The Art and Writing of O. Scribner. 8 September, 2012. http://orion.kitsunet.net/lex.pdf

Scribner, O. “Otherkin timeline: The recent history of elfin, fae, and animal people, v. 2.0.” The Art and Writing of O. Scribner. 8 September, 2012. http://orion.kitsunet.net/time.pdf [Therianthrope/Therian term page 30-32] [History of online Therian community start on page 28]

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