Werewolf Picture

Werewolves are mythological humans with the ability to shapeshift into wolves or wolflike creatures, either purposely, being bitten by a another werewolf or after being placed under a curse.
The medieval chronicler Gervase of Tilbury associated the transformation with the appearance of the full moon.

Werewolves are a frequent subject of modern fictional books and films, although fictional werewolves have been attributed traits distinct from those of original folklore, most notably the vulnerability to silver bullets.

Some spiritualist authors have proposed that historical werewolves, rather than being physical entities, were the astral projections of certain peoples hatred or anger. These authors have argued that the comparatively fewer cases of lycanthropy in modern times has nothing to do with the extermination of wolves, but rather, is a manifestation of modern mans more evolved spiritual state.

The Greek Historian Herodotus (5 BCE) records that the Greeks and Scythians who settled on the shores of the Black Sea regarded the native Neunons as wizards who transformed into wolves for a few days every year.

The transformation of men into wolves is also told by the Roman poet Vigil (1 BCE). Ancient Greeks and Roman traditions represent the transformation of men into wolves as punishment for sacrificing a human victim to a god. Pliny writes “On such occasions the accused was taken to the edge of a lake and, having swum to the far shore, changed into a wolf.” In this condition he roamed the countryside for 9 years. If during this time he abstained from eating human flesh he resumed his original form, which would not have been exempt from the
ravages of increased age.

Ovid (43 BCE-18 CE) in his poem ‘Metamorphoses’ recounts legends involving miraculous changes of shape. He tells how Lycaon, King of Arcadia presumed to test Jupiter by placing before him a dish of human flesh—for which he was immediately turned into a wolf.

In 1598 a man named Jacques Rollet was detained after he had killed and eaten several people, as he believed himself to be a wolf. He was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in an institution after being diagnosed with
Lycanthropy.

In the 15th and 16th centuries anyone suspected of being a werewolf was burnt or hanged. In France between 1520 and 1630 a staggering 30,000 cases of werewolfism were recorded. This fact is documented in the proceedings of werewolf trials preserved in the public records.

European folklore often shows how werewolves in their human forms can be recognised. The meeting of both eyebrows at the bridge of the nose was one accepted trait of werewolves. Other indicators were curved fingernails, low set ears and a swinging stride. One method of identifying a werewolf in its human form was to cut the flesh of the accused, under the pretence that fur would be seen within the wound.

One Russian superstition in a similar vein tells of how a werewolf can be recognised by bristles under the tongue.

The appearance of a werewolf in its animal form varies from culture to culture, though they are most commonly portrayed as being indistinguishable from ordinary wolves save for the fact that they have no tail (a trait thought characteristic of witches in animal form), and that they retain human eyes and voice. After returning to their human forms, werewolves are usually documented as becoming weak, debilitated and undergoing painful nervous depression.

Three werewolves were said to have haunted the forested Ardennes area of Belgium just before the first world war. While in Scotland at the same time a hermit shepherd in Inverness was rumoured to be a werewolf.

In 1925 a village near Strasbourg testified that a local boy was a werewolf, and 5 years later a werewolf terrorised a small town south of Paris called Bourg-la-Reine. In Singapore 1957, police were called to look
into what the authorities believed was a long series of werewolf attacks on the residents of a nurses home.

**Werewolf Protection Spell**

Keep a mirror by your bed, alongside sharp iron or steel implements like a knife or scissors.
Should a werewolf see these objects or his reflection, he will transform back into a person, or at the very least— leave.

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