A Therianthrope is a person who is, feels, or believes he/she is in part or whole (non-physically) one or more non-human animals on an integral, personal level.  A person experiencing Modern Therianthropy, which is based on either spiritual, psychological, and/or neurobiological experiences that lead a person to identify as a non-human animal. Therianthropes understand that they have physical human bodies.
Therianthrope was being used in Alt.Horror.Werewolves as early as 1995/96. 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.
There are many sub-types of Therians that may or may not be mutually exclusive:
- ↑ http://www.werelist.net/archive/index.php/t-23708.html
- ↑ 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 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]