Happy October everyone. In interest of having some nonpolitical content here is a summation of my favorite crypto in pop culture.
The werewolf lore is traced back to at least 1 A.D. (link states 1550 BC [BCE] other links state 1 AD [CE]) whereas a legend told of King Lycaon who
offended the gods by serving human meat to them at dinner.
Lycaon is the base of the word Lycanthrope. www.thefreedictionary.com... www.werewolves.com...
What is a werewolf?
In a nut shell, depending on which lore you follow, a werewolf is a human who can become a human/wolf hybrid or a human who turns to a wolf.
In the former situation, we have an anthropomorphic wolf like creature that walks on two legs, but has the animalistic instincts and desires of a
In the latter, we have a situation of full transfiguration, where a human transforms into a wolf. Sometimes retaining its human brain in the process.
Again, depending on lore.
Obviously there are variants upon these themes in pop culture and modern literature.
How to become a werewolf?
Depending on the lore, you have to be bitten by a werewolf, drink a potion, have a special belt or girdle (or full wolfskin). It could also be
Werewolf behavior. . .
Werewolves are solitary beings, potentially as a result of once being human. While territorial they rarely look to attack humans as a food source.
They often are depicted of having a mix of human intellect as well as a wolf’s cunning.
Some ways are an eyebrow that is continuous over both eyes
Hair on the palms of the hand
The index to ring finger all being of the same length.
Or the index finger being longer than the middle finger.
A scar in the shape of a pentagram.
A taste for raw or undercooked meats.
Nice recap on the subject.
I found out lately that Wisconsin has had the most werewolf sightings--sometimes mistaken as other cryptos, such as sasquatch-- encounters of any
state. It tops in wendigo and skinwalker sightings as well. In part to due with lore of the area, like the terrain, though which varies from other
states and areas that have similar sightings. I wonder what else contributes to larger amount of sightings.
You might want to check out the work of Linda S. Godfrey. She has written several books on the topic of wolfmen and other cryptids, describing lots of
sightings, although she doesn't claim those wolfmen to be werewolves.
There are quite a few interviews with her on youtube, discussing her books and some of the sightings people have reported to her.
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