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Question about other shape-shifters...

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Were there any other types of shape-shifters in mythology as well as werewolves that could be used in my writing as werecreatures? And can ya give me some links as to info on them?
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Why is nobody botherign to answer my question?
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I used to often role play as a shapeshifter who could turn into any creature he could observe. I'm not sure what you would call that, but I just generally call it a Shapeshifter. Twas fun.
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Just about every culture has there own shapeshifter(or several), and you could use any animal under the sun. Good luck.

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The Greeks had shapeshifters that could turn into Wolves (my-oh-my) as well as sheep, cattle, and even semi-divine critters.

Shape-shifting was an attribute of Divinity in one's bloodline, according to the Romans (they had Werewolves, too)

What's the real interesting part is that they had reverse Shape shifters in Greece and Rome, as well as Egypt and Canaan: Animals that could turn into Humans. (Why is anyone's guess)

In just about every sort of Shape-Shifting; there was a Divine blessing (not a Curse) that enabled it. In the Odessey, Circe turned some of Odessius' sailors into pigs (shore leave will do that...) and Hercules fought a group of people called the Lapiths (?) who could be either humans or a sort of small centaur at will.

Even the old Gods wern't above reshaping themselves as animals-ususlly to either spy on or seduce someone. They also would reshape a human into an animal either as a reward or a punishment for some action.

I get the sense that much of this was part of a "Watch what you ask for" concept that was common among the more evolved cultures; as well as a reminder that your a** (Donkey, ok?) might be a God in disguise-watching you for some reason.

There were also unfriendlies out there who could look human in the daylight and turn into various non-humans at night...Sphynxes, Lamiae, and Striges come to mind here.

All in all-most cultures (including ours) have a whole plethora of shape shifters out there... watching us from the shadows... :evil:
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Post by Defensorem Lupus »

I read a series by Alan F. Troop at DragonNovals.com
You should check it out, it involves shapeshifting.
This is the first thing that got me into shapeshifters, which then, after watching Dog Soldiers, led me to get into werewolves.
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Kaebora wrote:I used to often role play as a shapeshifter who could turn into any creature he could observe. I'm not sure what you would call that, but I just generally call it a Shapeshifter. Twas fun.
There's a series of books(and one tv season)...Animorphs....where like six kids were given the ability to change into any creature so long as they had physical contact with it. So it could get pretty dangerous trying to touch a tiger. You'd have to find one first! Seeing it would be so much easier.

And for Dreamer, I've read (briefly) of Shamans even shapeshifting into plants. :? :lol:
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Yeah... too bad those Animorph books were kinda the suck. The TV series wasn't all that great eaither, IMO.
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Dreamer wrote:Were there any other types of shape-shifters in mythology as well as werewolves that could be used in my writing as werecreatures? And can ya give me some links as to info on them?

hmm, well even before I ever was on the internet I thought of werecreatures / weres, to be of all different kinds of animals, and I don't really know much about them at all, since I don't really look around, but I must say this is an interesting topic.


Now you've encouraged me to look around! :P
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There once was a hunter that went in search of a game. He searched for the a tiger, for the pelt and the medicine it held. Along came a tiger and the hunter killed it. He took what he wanted and left the remains, which included the unborn litter. The hunter went home, proud and unscathed. He took his time and even camped out until the morning, and when his family would see him it would be a new day, for happiness and honor. While the hunter was sleeping, the hide that was draped over him merged with him and he became a tiger. When the hunter awoke, he went back home as the sun rose, just as he planned. But, when he stepped foot into the village, he was stabbed through the heart upon seeing his family running away from him. He died, the hunter and became a ghost to look out and watch after his village.

This was a story that came from Thailand. My grandfather told it to me when I came to visit. Out of all the old, happy stories that I know of that came from Thailand, he chose this one....I think he knew that that would be the only time he would ever know his grandson.
In many ways, this is a were story. There are other stories about tigers and kitsunes that I know of, but this tale of transformation really sticks out in my book.

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That was a pretty story actually. :)
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Yes i agree that was a sad story for the femaale tiger but a good story none the less.
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The Japanese had Kitsune, fox-demons that would shape-shift into humans to trick them into things.
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Searif Bogard wrote:The Japanese had Kitsune, fox-demons that would shape-shift into humans to trick them into things.
Indeed! Where do you think I got the line after my Signature????
They're cute, too... :wink:
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RedEye wrote:
Searif Bogard wrote:The Japanese had Kitsune, fox-demons that would shape-shift into humans to trick them into things.
Indeed! Where do you think I got the line after my Signature????
They're cute, too... :wink:
haha, they can be if they aren't stealing your money :lol:
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Yeah... too bad those Animorph books were kinda the suck. The TV series wasn't all that great eaither, IMO.
I actually quite liked the Animorph books...
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Re: Question about other shape-shifters...

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>This was a story that came from Thailand

Is this another version of the story?
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The Hmong people live in northern Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China. According to some websites, Hmong mythology often features weretigers. The Chinese name for the Hmong, "Miao," is regared as quite derogatory, perhaps because it imitates the sound made by a domesticated cat.

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