Hello, everyone! As a forewarning, I am not entirely 100% sure whether or not this question should remain in this thread or go to the Therian Help & Advice
section. However, since I feel like this is a 'newbie' question for therians, I figured it'd be best placed here. I apologize in advance if this question offends anyone. If you would rather answer me in a PM, that is more than welcome!
While I have always known about people who associated themselves with animals (mostly wolves, only one sea otter) throughout high school and college, I never knew the 'term' for it. However, all these people whom I have met in person always associated with one single animal. They were one animal stuck in one human body. Great, I can fully understand that.
A few years ago, I was told it was being a 'therian'. When I looked it up on sites like Tumblr (which I know isn't a 100% viable source) and even on here, I see individuals who associate themselves as more than one animal-type. I could understand if someone was, for example, a wolf-kin but a hawk-kith (so they are a wolf in a human body, but they feel close to hawks), but it is hard for me to fully grasp the concept of identifying oneself as more than one animal. This is especially true when during my introduction, I was told that:
Quote:-Kin: You can seriously say "I am a cat"
-Kith: You feel deeply, personally connected to cats, beyond just liking them. You might be able to say something along the lines of "Cats are my family".
This is not a thread meant to attack anyone. I just want to understand therians better. I have never been exposed to so many therians in one place, especially ones of so many different varieties.
The best way I could understand it (and I'll use myself as an example) is like this:
I was born in America, technically I am American.
However, my parents were born in Cuba and Uruguay, so I claim the nationalities of both countries.
I know using my example of heritage may not be the best, but it shows that I definitely need a lot to learn and I'm hoping someone out there can clarify this for me.
Do therians with multiple animals have a similar logic? Are they primarily one animal, but believe they have had previous lives as another animal, thus they claim that secondary (and even third) animal as their kin? Or do they believe they are a hybrid like a dog/hawk? Or maybe it depends on their mood and a different animal dominates their body, but if that's the case, wouldn't they be kith instead?
Once again, if this thread needs to be moved. Please move it.
Also if you feel more comfortable answering this via PM, do so.