Werewolf Wednesday #6
|February 1, 2012||Posted by Cambria under Werewolf Wednesday|
Welcome to werewolf wednesday where the moon is always full and I am howling! Eery single Wednesday I will be profiling a new werewolf from books, TV or movies. I might also mix it up a bit some weeks and throw in some other furry fun!! Please feel free to join and howl along with me every week!
Today for Werewolf Wednesday I will be giving you some facts and information about werewolves. How much of this did you know? How much do you believe?
*Another name for werewolf is Lycanthropy. Lycanthropy comes from the Greek lykoi, “wolf” and anthropos, “man”
*The most widely known story of a werewolf is perhaps Little Red Riding Hood (Gasp! I didn’t say Twilight!). This tale is said to have been made up back in the day to scare children from venturing off alone in the woods. It was told that wolves would target children because they were small and fragile. Little Red Riding Hood features a young girl in a red cloak who talks to a wolf and the wolf dresses in clothes to fool the young girl. A regular wolf? I think not.
*To become a werewolf one must experience one of these things:
*Being cursed by a witch
*Being born a one
*Being bitten by one
*By drinking from a paw print of a werewolf
*Making a deal with Satan
*To kill a werewolf you must shoot it with a silver bullet, cut off its head or expose it to wolfsbane
* The oldest account of a man changing into a wolf came from ancient Greece. Lycaon (from whom the term lycanthropy is derived) was changed into a wolf by Zeus when he angered the God by trying to trick him into eating human flesh at a dinner. Cannibalism was thought to be extremely taboo and Zeus sensed that he was being tricked and became extremely angered thus causing him to turn Lycaon into a werewolf.
*The word Werewolf is an Old English term meaning shape-shifter.
*Another story that could account for the legend of the werewolf is the Norse legends about the ‘berserkers’. Berserkers were crazed warriors that dressed as wolves when they savagely raided and wreaked havoc in villages in Europe.
*Werewolves are said to have to shift during a full moon. Some legends state that this is the only time they can shift. Others say that weres can shift at will. Personally, I like that they can shift at will. 😉
So those are my facts today about werewolves. Did I forget any? Do agree/disagree with any? Tell me what YOU think makes a werewolf.