a reply to: denybedoomed
I wasn't sure if this was a play on a Twin Peaks reference, if so it's strangely appropriate.
Bears in mythology are often associated with shape shifters or transformations of human to animal form or the other way around.
The Norse Berserkrs for example:
" Debate has centered on the meaning of the word itself. Berserkr could mean "bare shirt," that is, naked; berserkrs, as a mark of ferocity and
invincibility, are said to have fought without needing armor. The word, however, may also mean "bear-shirt," reflective of the shape and nature of the
bear assumed by these warriors. More literally, it may refer to protective bearskins that such warriors may have worn into battle. When the "berserkr
rage" was upon him, a berserkr was thought of as a sort of "were-bear" (or werewolf), part man, part beast, who was neither fully human nor fully
The story of Callisto, who was transformed into a bear and then unknowingly hunted and shot by her son. Interestingly Calistos father is Lycaon who
was transformed into a wolf for serving human flesh to Zeus.
Many cultures hold the bear they don't directly mention it's name.
Unmentionable One (Blackfoot)
Owner of the Earth (Siberian)
That Which Went Away (Koyukon)
The Thing (Koyukon)
Dark Thing (Koyukon)
The last three are from the Koyukon tribes of Alaska. The oral histories speak of "distant time".
"During this age "the animals were human"—that is, they had human form, they lived in a human society, and they spoke human (Koyukon) language."
There is also a great book on the subject by Richard K. Nelson called Make Prayers to the Raven
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