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Is this a form of paganism, or a spiritual path in itself, or what?
I wouldn't call it a form of paganism, though there are certainly a fair number of therians who do identify as pagan. Therianthropy in itself is not a religion, nor is it inextricably linked to any particular religion. There are pagan therians, Buddhist therians, Christian therians, atheist therians, and many more. People who do follow a specific religion may see their own therianthropy as being linked to it or resonant with it in some way, but that doesn't mean that every other therian shares their beliefs.
However, for some, therianthropy is the primary focus of their spiritual path. Those who take this approach generally don't work with deities, though they may deal with animal spirits apart from their own animal-identification. Most of those who fall into this category would define themselves as spiritual rather than religious, and their worldview tends to be more pantheistic and loosely shamanistic than pagan as such.
And there are also some therians who don't have much interest in spirituality of any form, and experience their animal nature as more psychological than spiritual. But since spiritual therianthropy is the focus of this FAQ, that's not so relevant here.
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