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Is Werewolf Culture Dangerous?

From Team Jacob Fans, to the San Antonio “teen Werewolf” culture (claims of teen werewolves also apparently occurred in the media in 2003 from Brisbane Australia), a fascinating side of werewolves is their interpretations by modern culture.

But what does it really mean when claiming to be a werewolf or having a deep fascination for them?

Is it dangerous?

Certainly anything taken to extreme can be dangerous but what about werewolves in particular?

Historically, there has been the occasional serial killer claiming to be a werewolf and many more who like in the infamous witch trials, were unfairly branded werewolves and executed. One theory of the origin of the word werewolf refers to the word Varg which historically meant outlaw or outcast as well as wolf. There have also been tales of outlaws being able to turn into wolves which along with the occasional delusional murderer could form some basis behind at least the continuance of the werewolf phenomena.

Varg was also the name taken by Varg Vikerns a Black Metal Musician who was convicted of murder as well as arson for the killing of fellow Black Metal Musician Euronymous and the burning of several churches . Wolves and werewolves appear to play at least a minor role in Black Metal culture symbolism along with other ancient Norwegian beliefs.

While this connection may appear tenuous, writings about the ideas and beliefs similar to many within the Black Metal music community can also be found on the web pages of the “Werewolf Cathedral”.

Claiming to be “The first True Werewolf Religion and Secret Society” this group’s beliefs appear to be a worrying mix of dark magic practices, pagan beliefs with strong Satanic influences.

It is this type of cultural influence that can lead werewolf fans from a harmless hobby or lifestyle choice to something much worse.

Fortunately unlike the Vampire subculture, I could not find any references to a werewolf obsession turning deadly by otherwise average people. Even the controversial Wolfie Blackheart and her dog skull turned out to be more about an obsession with taxidermy than werewolves. Wolfie was not convicted of any crime and it was declared the dog was already dead when Wolfie took the head.

While the majority of werewolf fans enjoy the movies and trivia and move on, there will always be those with a deeper fascination who wish to identify more closely with the wolf and werewolves.

This could mean a variety of things depending on what is the draw to the werewolf.

But to put a positive turn to this search I would suggest looking at the real wolf for inspiration over movie magic and darker interpretations of werewolf culture as exemplified by the Werewolf Cathedral.

In 1988 a “Wolf Credo” surfaced and has been used and promoted by many wolf enthusiasts and at least one business leadership essay. It has been attributed to Del Goetz for whom I could find no information but the Credo goes like this:

Respect the elders
Teach the young
Cooperate with the pack.

Play when you can
Hunt when you must
Rest in between.

Share your affections
Voice your feelings
Leave your mark.

© Del Goetz

Wolves have always been a fascinating blend of fierce freedom and comforting organization for they are wild creatures who appear to follow a very familiar family oriented social structure. As such they can serve as positive archetype in which to build a modern werewolf culture with very ancient roots.

Given such a long and fascinating history, it is unlikely the werewolf will ever lose its place in human culture aside from the occasional respite after a particularly badly made werewolf movie. However the rise of obsession as seen with vampires turned deadly (i.e “vampire” murderers such as Allen Menzies or Roderick Ferrell) certainly lends the need for caution in the werewolf community.

About the author:
Paul Glendenning is an environmental and animal advocate as well as an aspiring writer whose fascination with werewolves and other creatures of the night may stem from the fact he was born on Halloween.


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  • I like it,
    It made feel nice, it was good
    and not bad!!

    S.A.S.

  • Bliden

    I dont feel it is. in fact I feel there are many things we as a people and as a culture can learn from wolves. Family, loyalty, survival, among a few things.

    • jo anna

      I am a werewolf and we are dangerous only if we’re angry. other wise we are harmless!!!!!!!!!

      • jake

        thats very true

      • Blue Moon

        If you are a werewolf could you please bite me and turn me into one or however you transform others into werewolves! Please!!!!!! Or at least how does it work being a werewolf and are silver bullets the only thing that will kill you or better yet if you won’t transform me into a werewolf could I atleast interveiw you and how did you become a werewolf? Please answer my questions! And please transform me into a werewolf! Please!!!!!!!

  • Silver Fox

    I like this, good article.

  • Michael

    The Vampires have had their time. It is our time now. Let our howl strike fear in undead.

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  • jake

    werewolves are more unpredictable then dangerous we have our moments

  • Wolf-Lover

    Were-wolves and Wolfs are Awesome!!! Long live Wolf Fans!!! <3

  • AlphaWerewolf

    I believe this is not dangerous or crazy. I too think I am a werewolf but not in the normal way.
    I believe werewolves can not physically turn into a wolf since that is impossible but I believe
    That werewolves are part of your soul and mind not your body.

  • Wolfie girl

    There are actually three main types of werewolf. One, the physical one, has subspecies. The other two are internal. The mental shit one can transfer it’s mind to a werewolf’s, but not it’s body. The final one is wen you have the body and mind of a human, but the heart and soul of a wolf. I’ve met one of each of the internal breeds, and I am a physical one. We aren’t bad. In some cases, completely opposite of what people say and write about us.

    • Wolfie girl

      Sorry. I meant shift.

    • Twilight

      Is it possible to become a physical shifting werewolf? I mean I know there is a way with a spell, but I would need a witch to do that to me, Is there anyway else to become one? If you want I can tell you my story on why, it’s not like others saying that their life is horrible because they’re weak or what not, mine is true and sincere, and if it’s possible for you to turn me just hear out my story first before you go and make a judgment about me…

  • AlphaWerewolf

    I really want to start a pack but where I live I doubt there’s another werewolf. I would call my pack The Blood-Runners or maybe the Blood Lycans or Blood Werewolves.

    • Twilight

      If you live In Wisconsin and can turn me, I’d love to start a pack with you!

  • I’d really love to start a pack and I love to chase my tail.

  • Vampires suck so who wants a pack?

  • I’m a ware woif

    • Time for us to get rid of vampires for good.

      • I like being a warewolve. I can make anyone a warewolve.

      • Wolf Lover 100%

        Hell ya!! i think my sister might be a vampire….idk… no wonder we fight ALL THE TIME!!! grr

  • Wolf Lover 100%

    sorry i forgot to put that the comment above went to, mikki warewolve