Are werewolves real? We search for that answer in this post.
It is a mythological being that represents a man who turns into a wolf in the night of the full moon. It is believed to have the ability to quickly heal its wounds and that he can only be killed with silver bullets.
Werewolves Throughout History
In shamanism, there is a tendency to create spiritual relationships between humans and different animals. All nations had an animal for a totem, from which they believed to be descended from.
The wolf was a totem animal to a lot of nations, such as the Serbs.
Greek poet Ovidius, in his book Metamorphosis, recorded the legend of the Arcadian king Likaonukoji, who made a feast in honor of Zeus but prepared the feast from human flesh, and therefore Zeus turned him into a wolf. By the name of King Lycon, and the legend of King Lycann and Zevs, the term lycanthropy arises.
According to Greek historian Herodotus, there were these Neuer people living near Skit (approximately on the territory of present-day Poland). According to legends, the Neuer people were afraid of the Skits because they were known for turning into werewolves.
Nordic folklore still has legends about the Berzerker warriors. Before they went to battle, the warriors dressed in bear and wolf skin, after which they got their name, which in the old Nordic language precisely meant – people dressed as bears.
When a warrior is dressed in a bear or a wolf’s skin, he believed that the spirit of that animal is entering inside him and that he became one with that animal.
During the battle they fell into a trance during which fear was gone, ain was gone, and the only feeling that they feel is the supernatural power that comes from the animal they bonded with.
Lycanthropy And Werewolves
Lycanthropy … the story is probably as old as the human race. The world is full of legends about shapeshifters. The stories of werewolves were brought by the Slavs and the Germans, American Indians talked about bird-people while many African tribes worshiped the leopard-people.
Werewolves are resistant to aging and physical illness. This is due to the constant regeneration of their body. They can be only killed with silver.
While in wolf form, a werewolf retains all the intellectual characteristics that he has as a man. This explains his abilities to avoid traps and to identify his victims.
There are several ways to become a werewolf: magical acquisition of lycanthropy through a ritual, curse, bite from another werewolf and birth. In all cases, the blood becomes cursed and the subject becomes a werewolf.
In some cases, the ability to change shape can be controlled. This is most commonly done by talismans or some natural drinks. Transformation is most irregular.
Werewolves are generally larger than normal wolves and have a special desire for human flesh.
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Werewolves Encounter Through History
While werewolves for most people represent fiction, there were suspiciously many cases where these creatures appeared and stunned the scientific community.
- In 1521, in Polynes, France, a man walked alone when he was attacked by a wolf, but he managed to wound the creature and escape. Walking down the road, he noticed a man who nursed a wound similar to the one the beast got. It turned out that the man, Michel Wurden, who after being questioned by the police admitted that he had made a deal with the devil for his ability to become a wolf. He even appointed two more werewolves, Filiberto Montotto, and Pierre Burgo, as his accomplices in the killings and cannibalism that burdened the region. Looks like there’s no honor among the wolves.
- Gil Garnier was a lonely shepherd living in a cottage outside the city of Dola in France, in the 16th century. When he married, the stress of providing for his family made him desperate. Garnier, like many newly married men, realized that his carefree way of life was terrible for his wife and he had to make sense of the way to bring more food into their home. He asked his “friend’s friend” to give him a drink that allowed him to turn into a wolf whatever he wanted. At that time, children suspiciously began to disappear. It did not take long for the villagers to point their finger at Gil. During the trial, he pleaded guilty to “crimes of lycanthropy” and was burned at the stake.
- In 1589, Pit Stab admitted he was a serial killer that killed 14 children and two pregnant women from Bedburg, Germany. After torture, bound to the wheel, he confessed something else … He made a pact with the Devil. The devil will give him a magic belt that will turn him into a werewolf whenever he wanted. Just to point out, bad plan for Pit.
- In 1598, a local tailor in Salons, France, was charged with so many terrible crimes that the court insisted that all trial documents be destroyed … Among the accusations, the tailor is accused of seducing children into his house just to slaughter and eat them. When his charm failed to do the trick, he would turn into a wolf and chase them in the night. The charges were not without proof as bones and barrels were found, deeply hidden in the basement beneath his house.
- When the city of Gascony was terrorized by vicious attacks and disappearances of children in 1603, one teenager admitted that he was the one who did it all while he was in wolf shape. Jean Grenrier, a 14-year-old boy, claimed that he was the one who eats children from the city. He said that one strange man gave him a magic fur made from a wolf that transformed him into a werewolf. Every night, he and a pack of 9 wolves would terrorize surrounding cities. He admitted that he ate three or four children. Considering his years, instead of being sentenced to death, he was imprisoned in a local monastery for religious healing.
Are Werewolves Real – Conclusion
The short answer, probably not. People turned their fears and imagination into stories. Winter nights were interrupted by stories of villas, ghosts, demons and, of course, werewolves. Moms were scaring disobedient children with a big, wicked wolf living in the forest who eat disobedient children.
Boys lured girls into a hug scaring them of wolves who roamed in search of innocent girls, while housewives use to hang garlic on their doors to repeal werewolves.
Fiction or reality? Good or evil, love or hatred? Why people chose the wolf to be their menace? I think I have the answer.
All of the werewolf stories has its beginnings in medieval Europe. Since Tigers, Lions, and other big man-eating animals are not native to Europe, people chose the Wolf.
If the story has it`s origins in Australia, I would say the croc would be our number one suspect.
Bellow i will post some videos and a book from Amazon on this subject.
The Book of Werewolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition
Read some of the reviews:
S.Cranow: This book may well be dated but it presents the information in a simple to understand fashion. It sticks more to the earth than most works coming out about Werewolves these days. The Book is to the point and the author explains their salient facts and then supports them with stories and legends produced from around the world.
Anyone interested in the concept of Werewolves would do well to check out this work. It covers the mythology on lycanthropy from all over the world. It is a factual breakdown into the exact nature of this mythological character.
This book somehow popped up in my recommendations a while back, and I had added it to my shopping list to purchase “eventually”. Eventually finally happened, and I bought this one with a few others, for something different and quirky to read. It’s an interesting overview and examination of different versions of the lycanthropy myth, drawing from lots of medieval accounts. The last several chapters (chapters XI +) kind of diverge from this theme and cover the case & trial of Gilles de Retz / Gilles de Rais. There’s no claim that Retz was a “werewolf” or anything of the sort, but this section of the book is certainly the most well-documented and all the more interesting, if not still gruesome in what it covers.
Well, I haven’t even read it yet, but I read excerpts long ago, so I know I will like it. And the author is/was a Victorian Renaissance man – as far as I know about him. This should be a good read!