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Werewolf Myths and Legends

A Werewolf is a human which turns into a wolf commonly by being placed under a curse. The image of the Werewolf has undergone many changes over time, but what remains unchanged is its association with evil and darkness. Though originating from mythology and legend, there are those even today, who believe they are Werewolves.

A Werewolf is a human which turns into a wolf commonly by being placed under a curse. The image of the Werewolf has undergone many changes over time, but what remains unchanged is its association with evil and darkness. Though originating from mythology and legend, there are those even today, who believe they are Werewolves.

A portrait of a Werewolf in human form reveals bushy eyebrows, long blood-red fingernails, narrow ears, rough hairy skin, and a dry mouth and ears. They are said to prefer the night and solitude, and are inclined to visit graveyards. The transformation from human form to Werewolf typically takes place under a full moon.

Ancient Werewolves

An early example of a Werewolf is found in the Greek myth of Lyacon, who was transformed into a wolf after eating human flesh.

The Neuri tribe northeast of Scythis were reported by Herodotus to be annually transformed for a few days, from human to wolf form.

In Armenian belief, a woman who committed a deadly sin was condemned to spend seven years as a wolf and during this time would one by one, make meals of her own children, and then those of her relative’s children.

French folklore included numerous Werewolf tales in the 16th century, and there were over 30,000 Werewolf tales alone in this country, between 1520 and 1630.

The First Werewolf

The first Werewolf in its more common and familiar form originates from a German town in 1591. At this time, the people of the countryside were terrified. The woods were filled with wolves that frequently attacked them.

During such an attack, what looked like a wolf stood up and revealed itself to be a man, known by those being attacked, as Peter Stubbe. He was put on a torture wheel and confessed to the murder of sixteen people.

He claimed to have been practising sorcery since he was a boy, and to have made a pack with the Devil, which eventually caused him to take the guise of a wolf and hunt down what he believed to be his enemies.

 Lycanthropy

A psychiatric condition concerning Werewolves, is known as Lycanthropy. A sufferer believes he is a wolf or other animal, stimulated perhaps by the belief that men can assume the forms of animals. It is a very rare condition supposedly linked to schizophrenia, but it has been around since Biblical times.

King Nebuchadnezzar in the ‘Book of Daniel’ was described as suffering a seven-year depression that culminated in a delusion that he was a wolf. It still appears in regions of the world, such as South America and Africa, involving animals such as lions, sharks, eagles and leopards.

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  1. webseowriters

    On November 18, 2010 at 9:03 am


    Thanks for sharing

  2. Phoenix Montoya

    On November 18, 2010 at 9:38 am


    These are good facts. Now I know where the Lycans from ‘The Underworld’ came from… from Lyacon eh? Another good article from you. Thanks.

  3. cardy

    On November 18, 2010 at 9:42 am


    I love anything like this you have written a great piece enjoyed the read thanks for the share, good work.

  4. yes me

    On November 18, 2010 at 9:45 am


    I used to be a werewolf, but I\\\’m all right Nooowww!!
    Liked it Jan cheers

  5. Sharif Ishnin

    On November 18, 2010 at 9:46 am


    Great post. In South east Asia there are also folk tales of weretigers. It’s pretty much the similar to werewolves where sorcery and black magic are involved. :)

  6. dino renaldo

    On November 18, 2010 at 9:47 am


    wonderful post

  7. Guy Hogan

    On November 18, 2010 at 10:01 am


    Hollywood sure made a lot of money off of the Werewolf myth.

  8. Raj the Tora

    On November 18, 2010 at 10:03 am


    very good myths. Somehow from childhood I am fascinated by werewolves. Tonight is not full moon night, but still oooooooooooooooooooooooooo to your entry :)

  9. BruceW

    On November 18, 2010 at 10:09 am


    Very interesting. Good to know the origins of the word lycanthropy.

  10. Larry Fish

    On November 18, 2010 at 10:23 am


    Wonderful written article, you did a great job of explaining.

  11. Luna Morena

    On November 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm


    Wonderful article, I’ve always enjoyed werewolves stories.

  12. Jimmy Shilaho

    On November 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm


    A very good entry.

  13. Christine Ramsay

    On November 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm


    Very interesting information, Janette. These articles have come out in time for the latest Harry Potter film where many of the characters could be taken from your posts.

    Christine

  14. suhail

    On November 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm


    i wish i was a werewolf rather than the weirdfool i am

  15. LadyElena

    On November 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm


    Thanks for another interesting article on the myths and legends series. I wonder if there are still any werewolves in Germany…

  16. Lady Sunshine

    On November 18, 2010 at 4:33 pm


    Do you ever plan to write about about other were creatures?

  17. PSingh1990

    On November 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm


    Nice Share.

    :-)

  18. Brenda Nelson

    On November 19, 2010 at 12:40 am


    some people have a disease that makes them grow hair on their face and body, freaky

  19. Starpisces

    On November 19, 2010 at 11:47 am


    very interesting as always.. I imagine the wolf go after the 3 little pigs.
    :D

  20. CA Johnson

    On November 21, 2010 at 9:50 pm


    This was very interesting. Werewolves seem pretty scary, but I did enjoy reading about them.

  21. Nikolaos Skordilis

    On November 27, 2010 at 7:15 am


    Very enjoyable article,with a lot of interesting information.
    Thanks for sharing it with us :)

  22. Karen O.

    On November 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm


    thanks for sharing

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