Originally posted by sakurahg
I have a question about Lycanthropes feeding on humans, is that just for food, or is there another meaning? Is there a sexual connection like there is
believed to be when a vampire feeds?
Now this is an interesting question.
The first thing worth mentioning is that the popular explosive interest in Freudian psychology back in Victorian times lead to associating sexual
overtones with everything. So depending on who you ask, they will likely be either of the Freudian school of thought, (which seems permanently
fixated on phallic identity) or Jungian, which - for the life of me, I can only roughly describe as less 'physical' and more 'spiritual' of an
approach to analysis of human behavior.
I can't speak for either school of thought, as I am not trained in such things, but I suspect that lycanthropy, is not similar to vampirism in the
same manner in regards to sexual thrill.
The perceived sexual connection in vampire stories seems to follow a certain logic, there's contact from which the vampire derives the resolution of
all their instinctual desire; the ultimate consumption.
Lycanthropy would appear to be more of a surrender to the primal nature of animal urges; which even supersedes sex, primarily focuses on survival and
the freedom to hunt for sustenance.
Also remember that vampires are undead, lycanthropes are not undead. Lycanthropes - as far as the mythology is concerned, are human and have a human
soul - usually overcome by the animal struggle to be free and unmolested. Vampires are soulless shells with an intellect driven to consume blood to
Many fantasy and fiction writer's use their vast imaginations and creative license to reforge what each of these mythical prototypes represents;
creating a considerable amount of misunderstandings between people discussing the same thing, each with different assumptions behind them.
As with most creatures subject to the glamour of romanticized literature, anything with super human speed, strength, endurance, longevity, and
mysterious powers is 'sexy.' So many have crafted their most appealing description to suit their ideals, or their audience.
But the archetypal lycanthrope act wasn't about the vampiric "embrace" of death - sensual or otherwise; it was more like a Cuisinart of death. No
romance, no subtlety, just explosive violence for the singular purpose of killing the prey; then eating it if necessary, and escaping any threats.
It's almost as if lycanthropes don't "think" - they feel and they act.