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American Indians: limikkin or skin walkers.
Argentina: lobisón
Brazil: lobisomem. , also boto, a dolphin that transforms into a boy, and a uirapuru, a little brown bird that transforms into a boy.
Bulgaria: vrkolak
Canada: wendigo or witiko
Chili: chonchon, a witch that transforms into a vulture.
China: Lang Ren
Ethiopia, Morocco and Tanzania: boudas, a werehyena
Finland: ihmissusi
France: loup-garou, bisclavret
Greece: vrykolaka, a word for werewolf which is used for vampires and sorcerers also.
Haiti: loup-garou that can change into anything, both plant and animal.
Iceland: hamrammr, a shifter who changes into what it has last eaten, and gains power by eating more.
India: rakshasa, a shifter who can change into any animal it wants.
Indonesia: layak, a spirit that shift into anything
Italy: lupo manero or benandanti for people who permanently become wolves and fight witches in the underworld.
Japan: kitsune, a werefox, also the tanuki or minjina, a wereraccoon, dog or badger. In general shapeshifters are called henge.
Kenya: ilimu
Latvia: vilkacis
Lithuania: vilkatas
Mexico: nahaul, a were wolf, cat, eagle or bull.
Normandy, France: lubins or lupins
Norway and Sweden: eigi einhamir
Philippines: aswang, a vampire / werewolf.
Portugal: bruxsa or cucubuth , a vampire / werewolf, the lobh omen and lobis-homems
Russia: Oborotyen, Werwolf/Verwolf, Vurdalak
Scandinavia: varulv, ulv, ulfen
Serbia: vukodlak
Slovakia: vulkodlak
South America: kanima, a jaguar-shaped spirit
Spain: hombre lobo, lupino
United States: many, an oddity being the wererat who is said to be common around the Pennsylvania area.