This paper will introduce a little-known online phenomenon: the socio-spiritual Therianthropy movement. Therianthropes are individuals who identify as part human and part non-human animal in a biological, mental, and metaphysical capacity. Therianthropes have, in essence, an anthrozoomorphic identity that draws upon the spiritual and supernatural associations of the animal kingdom. I discuss Therianthropes as animal-human “shape-shifters” to highlight the sacred and liminal identity these individuals have formulated through their engagement with “popular occulture.” Therianthropy, as both a web-based community and an identity, exemplifies the postmodern bent of new spiritual directions in the re-enchanted West.
The Beast Within: Anthrozoomorphic Identity and Alternative Spirituality in the Online Therianthropy Movement
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Venetia Laura Delano Robertson; The Beast Within: Anthrozoomorphic Identity and Alternative Spirituality in the Online Therianthropy Movement. Nova Religio 1 February 2013; 16 (3): 7–30. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2013.16.3.7
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