theriomorphism


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theriomorphism

(ˌθɪərɪəʊˈmɔːfɪzəm)
n
1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) another word for theriolatry
2. (Other Non-Christian Religions) the identification of animal characteristics with a supernatural being

theriomorphism

the worship of deities that are partly animal and partly human in form. Also called therianthropism, theriolatry. — theriomorphic, theriomorphous, adj.
See also: Animals
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Beyond the animal imaginings of childhood, anthropomorphism and theriomorphism, Shepard argues that it should be a normal part of human development for people to incorporate animals into their conceptions of the cosmos.
While theriomorphic representation of the divine is met with in all periods of religious history in the ANE, it does not seem to be the case that belief in anthropomorphism succeeded an earlier belief in theriomorphism.
It emerged in the context of the 'theological triangle' which witnessed the encounter and conflict between gods in human shape, gods with animal heads and a god with no image: the anthropomorphism of the Greek gods, the theriomorphism of the Egyptian gods and the aniconism of the god of the Jews.