Weretiger Picture

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Emerging from the jungle mists, a feline beast appears before you. Upon seeing its orange and white coat with black stripes, you may think that this is a tiger. Not so, for this monster stands upon two legs and has hands with long, sharp claws. This is a weretiger, a half human, half tiger shapeshiting sorcerer that prowls the forest in search of victims.

A weretiger is a mythological creature. Essentially it is the same concept as a werewolf, but applied to a tiger rather than a wolf. Originally, I heard about such a lycanthrope as a kid playing Dungeons and Dragons, but the concept actually goes back MUCH further. There is, in fact, neolithic cave art depicting people that can turn into animals. In deed, Were-cats appear in the folklore or many cultures.

Technically, the term 'lycanthropy' only applies to werewolves. Other human/animal monsters have different names. The correct term for a werecat of any breed (lion, tiger, etc.) is 'ailuranthrope'. While the concept as a whole for any animal is actually called 'therianthropy'. Not surprisingly, folklore depicting weretigers comes from regions of the world were real tigers are known to exist, i.e. India and China.

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