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Therianthropes

  • Mathias Guenther
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Abstract

Therianthropic beings are described in their full splendour in this chapter. The ontological hybridity and species diversity of Myth Time’s “Early Race” is evident in the /Xam trickster /Kaggen and his multi-species extended family or band. Therianthropic or chimerical ontological ambiguity may be manifested with dazzling extravagance by some members of the Early Race, or, more commonly, in subtly elusive and mentally beguiling fashion, among them the First Race Elephants and Ostriches. Because myth time and historical time are not exclusive temporal and ontological domains in San mythology and cosmology, First Order therianthropes can also appear in the Second Order, where they may live in remote areas of the veld or hunting ground making occasional contact with human hunters or gatherers, adding grist to the San mill of stories, as well as corroboration to their World of Myth.

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  • Mathias Guenther
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyWilfrid Laurier UniversityOntarioCanada

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