Yes, you are right – werewolves!
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It seems a lot of people still search the info about Werewolves, apparently around two and a half millions pet month! Well, there are movies and sports teams with this name, but I have a ground to believe a lot of these searches are related with mythical creatures with supernatural features.
I decided to make an article on this subject and my first task was to find some really nice photos, illustrations or clip arts of werewolves.
It wasn’t easy, but I managed to get some pretty impressive graphic material which I will present with resources (just scroll over the photo to get a link) and some random facts about werewolves!
Here we go:
It seems werewolves are somehow connected with full moon. We all have seen movies where people change into wolves when the moon starts to shine, but as far as I had a chance to find in old documents, this is ‘invention’ of modern era. In old time a werewolf was a werewolf at any time, day or night, when he wanted.
This is probably most famous case against any werewolf. Peter Stubbe (Stump) admitted he (after torturing) was a werewolf, he have killed and eaten 18 or more (some sources are talking more than 30) people, mostly children and he was sentenced to death. His punishment was comparable with his crimes. His skin and flesh was torn with pincers, his arms and legs cut off and at the end they have cut his head. Some say his daughter was executed too and this woodcut suggests exactly that.
Not very nice time to live, right?
The werewolf above was just hanged…
In medieval Europe werewolves were common problem. When people started systematically kill wolves, stories about werewolves started to fade away. What about before?
Myth of Lycaon tells a story about a king who tried to test gods. He served human flesh (his own kid) to Zeus and Zeus punished him!
Werewolf was a name for people who committed serious crimes and were expelled from communities (villages) and forced to live in wilderness. Anybody who have met a werewolf was allowed to kill him, but werewolves sometimes attacked peasants or travelers and they were true, although not supernatural danger.
After 17 th century when man to wolf encounters became rare, stories about werewolves became rare too.
But from time to time strange thing were still happening…
Scientists tried to explain some phenomena with hallucinogenic drugs, like nightshade (Atropa belladonna):
Or ergot fungus (Claviceps purpurea):
Some cases related to werewolves can be explained with using (voluntary or not) these drugs, but most not.
So what is the main cause?
We can find hybrids of humans and animals in all cultures.
This comes from north:
It seems fear, respect and superstition goes together in human consciousness forever. Fear of wolves is closely connected with seeings of werewolves. In areas without wolves other predators got similar roles: lions, crocodiles, hyenas…
Yes, this suppose to be a weretiger. As it stands for wolves, tigers are not typical human predators. But from time to time a tiger becomes a human hunter and this can be a good start of a legend.
So beware of the full moon!
They can come in the city too!
Beware of death messengers…
This could be somebody you know…
Will you sleep with your light on tonight?