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Shapeshifting (Topical Term)

Preferred form: Shapeshifting
Used for/see from:
  • Earlier heading: Metamorphosis Folklore
  • Earlier heading: Metamorphosis (in religion, folk-lore, etc.)
  • Shape-shifting
  • Therianthropy

Work cat.: Cat people, 1982.

Wikipedia, July 2, 2009: under Shapeshifting (Shapeshifting is a common theme in mythology and folklore, as well as in science fiction and fantasy. In its broadest sense, it is a metamorphosis (change in the physical form or shape) of a person or animal. Shapeshifting involves physical changes such as alterations of age, gender, race, or general appearance or changes between human form and that of an animal (therianthropy), plant, or inanimate object) under Therianthropy (Therianthropy refers to the metamorphosis of humans into other animals; shape-shifting; some common forms of therianthropy have their own terminologies; of these, lycanthropy, cynanthropy, and ailuranthropy are the best known) under Therianthropy/Shamanism (Ethnologist Ivar Lissner theorized that cave paintings of beings with human and nonhuman animal features were not physical representations of mythical shapeshifters, but were instead attempts to depict shamans in the process of acquiring the mental and spiritual attributes of various beasts)

Perkins, J. Shapeshifting : shamanic techniques for global and personal transformation, c1997.