Weres, Therianthropes, Shapeshifters etc.
If you have reached this page, you have probably done so for one of three reasons: either you have skimmed through my description on the "I am new here..." Introductory Page and thought "Hey, this sounds just like me!" or you have come here thinking "This sounds interesting, I wonder what this is all about." Or you have come thinking "What a load of weirdoes, why are they wasting my time?" in which case, please either go somewhere else, or read through with an open mind, and perhaps be enlightened that this is not the case.
Since my aim with these pages is to help those in the first category find their footings within the Were community, this page deals with a more in-depth look at therianthropy, outlining many of the things Weres have in common (though remember, there is no "Are you a Werewolf" test), and going through some of the steps a newcomer might like to take in chronological order.
A lot of Weres associate with the term "Spiritual Therianthropy" rather than that of being a Were. This is because the Wereness being exhibited here is nothing like that shown in such films as American Werewolf in London, and similar poor Werewolf flicks, but rather it is something deep and personal to the individual.
Theriomorphic \'thir-e-o-'mor-fik\ adj (GK theriomorphos, fr. Therion beast + morphe form - more at treacle): having an animal form (~gods)
This is precisely how a lot of Weres feel about themselves - they feel a deep connection to one or more animal "forms." Of course, how this connection manipulates and exhibits itself differs from Were to Were as much as does the precise form that the animal or animals take. As with everything else in the Were and Fur communities, don't expect to get a straight answer to many questions, if any, but rather, try to think of everything as being very personally-motivated, i.e. what you think goes no matter if you're the only person who holds that opinion.
A Were's "phenotype" refers to the particular animal, in whatever form it takes, to which the Were feels a personal connection. So a Were who says "I am a wolf" is referring to his phenotype. This doesn't, however, necessarily imply a wolf of the four-pawed cute and cuddly variety that we all see on our television screens, but rather how that person visualises himself in his wolf form.
It might be that this Were sees himself as being anthropomorphic, which often happens in the Were community
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