Spiritual Therianthropy is the belief that a human can have an animal nature. Totem animals are one form this belief takes, and the belief in were-creatures - werewolves in Europe, werejaguars in South America, weresharks in Polynesia as historical examples - is another common form. It isn't a religion, it isn't some role-playing game, it isn't the newest "new age" thing; it's just that some of us feel closer in nature to an animal species than we do to the human one we were born to.

KatmanDu summed it up well:

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