Hi!!! I'm a raccoon therian who enjoys playing in the forest and eating weird things.Ask me anything
khezion asked: Who d'ya find out of your "raccoonicity"? And why do you think we exist? Also, as an observation, I love how almost "esoteric" our presence is, nothing like this has been recorded by the modern man, nor science nor common religion. But, maybe it happened in the past, and none could acknowledge it or confess it by fear or by something related. In short, our presence is shaking the foundations of the preconceptions thought before to be absolute truth, even though they don't take us seriously...
I don’t think we’re nearly as interesting or rare as we often think we are. If you ask the average “therian” what the condition means to them you’ll get some variant of “I feel a strong (psychic/emotional/spiritual/whatever) connection to (insert species here) with occasional bouts of (astral/dream/whatever) shapeshifting. If we accept that therianthropy, as we now define it, applies to individuals with some sort of complicated emotional relationship with another species, then it’s not a new idea. Shapeshifting is very popular in mythology and is something of a cultural universal. References can be found in the Epic of Gilgamesh written around 2,700 BC and in cave art depicting human/animal hybrids which has been dated back to 50,000 years ago (often cited as the origin of religious belief in humans.) So in my opinion, we’re not a new thing. The real question is just what are we?
I noticed the correlations between therianthropy and shamanism a few years ago, but research has been a laborious journey through the knee-deep mire that has been steadily accumulating since the origin of the new-age movement. Unfortunately, there aren’t many old documents that faithfully record early shamanistic secrets. This has of course left me with little more knowledge about what I am than I started with.
What does my raccoon therianthropy mean to me? Everything and almost nothing. I don’t wear a tail much anymore, but I do favor greys, browns, and blacks in my garmets. I enjoy sitting in the woods and meditating. I love shellfish and berries. I’m an opportunistic scavenger. I can solve frighteningly complex mechanical issues with my hands. I’m mildly nocturnal, though I’ve become more of a day-walker to match my spouse’s schedule. I have “clocked” a few other therians due to some sort of gut instinct, but we do seem to be few and far between. I hope I answered your questions well! I suppose I did take quite a while to reply but I’m not used to real questions coming from tumblr.