Werewolves are not the only were-creatures out there. Many stories include tales of were-panthers, bears, coyotes, and even certain types of birds. The term therianthropy is used to describe someone who can metamorphose into an animal.
Many cultures across the world contain stories and legends about men who could change shape. Being able to channel a certain animal would be a great ability to have.
Some Native American and First Nation legends talk about skin-walkers—persons with the supernatural ability to turn into any animal they desire. To do so, however, they first must be wearing a pelt of the specific animal. In the folk religion of Mesoamerica, a Nagual (or Nahual) is a human being who has the power to magically turn themselves into animal forms—most commonly donkeys, turkeys, and dogs—but can also transform into more powerful jaguars and pumas. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therianthropy)
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