werewolf, werewolves and lycans

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Werewolves Are Serious Business in the Philippines

Werewolves are being blamed after herds of goats were slaughtered during full moons on a tiny island in the Philippines. According to reports, the goats show signs of having been killed by supernatural beings and villagers … To be fair, werewolves in other parts of the globe are an echo of folklore in culture with varying…

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Plants to ward off werewolves

When thing go bump in the night and the air is filled with howls, turn to plants to protect you from the worst of monsters: werewolves. Proof right here, that we are not the only weirdos on the Internet who take werewolves seriously. I mean, you have to be prepared for the forces of darkness……

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I Am a Bride – Finnish Werewolf Folklore Comic

A short comic inspired by Finnish werewolf folklore in which it is many times the wedding couple and/or the entire wedding party that is bewitched… This is short, but I love the bleak, black and white illustration. I read this about 8 million times, I wish I had it for my house, framed. It was…

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The Michigan Folktale of The Werewolf’s Bride

While exploring old werewolf myths and legends I came across one chronicled by S.E. Schlosser, the author of Spooky Michigan, and was instantly enticed. The old Michigan legend tells the tale of a lovely woman and her werewolf admirer. Being a Michigander myself, I couldn’t resist sharing. Once upon a time… There was a beautiful…

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Werewolf Origins in Film

Realistically speaking, the film industry has come an extremely long way since the first monster flicks. Today we generally build our monster storylines off conventions of the past, and CG has certainly helped bolster our imaginative creativity. People in the early 1900s, however, were thrilled to see any monsters on screen, even with shoddy make-up…

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Tomatoes Can Summon Werewolves, Give Psychic Powers, and the Ability to Fly

This has to be bullshit, is what I was thinking, seriously, when I saw this. But according to Wikipedia, where I checked my facts, it’s true. The scientific name for the tomato species of plant, is “lycopersicum” which means ‘wolf peach’. Naturally, this is where semantics come in, –the devil is in the details, you…

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Are Rabies Responsible For Werewolf Myths?

A lot of our old folktales come from the fact that people in the Middle Ages didn’t have the scientific knowledge to logically explain certain medical conditions, so they assumed that it was simply magic. From their ignorance came forth many of the myths and folktales we know so well. But what about werewolves? Is…

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The Werewolves of Poligny

There’s an old werewolf legend from 1521 that revolves around the werewolves of Poligny. These werewolves were first noticed when a traveler passing through the town of Poligny, France, became attacked by a wolf. Managing to fight the beast off, he also wounded him in the process. Of course, the trail of blood led right…

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The Royal Werewolf

Today dear readers, I bring you an old folktale once told in the mountains of Auvergne, a tale of royal werewolf and her unfortunate end. According to the legend, a nobleman was gazing out of his castle window when he saw a hunter he knew. He decided to have a chat with the old hunter…

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Real Cases of Lycanthropy: Jean Grenier

Case studies of lycanthropy are not as steeped in folklore and mythology as they were in the 18th, 19th, and even in the early 20th centuries. Today, we have the science and technology, as well as the psychological skills to understand that lycanthropy is not only a highly entertaining theme in films, but also a…

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Werewolves in Mexico

Mexico is one of the few countries in the world that have kept their werewolf legends pretty much exactly the same as they were several hundred years ago. Even though the Spaniards started colonizing Mexico in the 1500s, the people in the area still held fast to their werewolf beliefs. That, and the fact that…

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Do Werewolves Age?

Werewolves can do many things, and undoubtedly, they have an incredible amount of powers. But it’s generally accepted that werewolves are not immortal and that, although it’s difficult, they can be killed. This got me thinking, sure they can die, but do they age? And how exactly does that happen? Why do some werewolves seem…

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Vironsusi: The Werewolves of Finland

Every country and every region around the world seems to have its own werewolf legends it seems. And Finland is no different. The fact that the Finnish people know their werewolves by the name of “Vironsusi” is odd, seeing as how this translates into “Estonian wolf.” But then again, Estonia does lie just to the…

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The Neffer Werewolf of Austria

It was during the sixteenth century that an Austrian village known as Neffer was attacked and destroyed by a gigantic werewolf. This werewolf was so big that when he walked through the forest that bordered the village, he loomed above the trees – watching for his prey below. It was one very lucky woodcutter that was…

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Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Burgomaster Werewolf

Here’s a werewolf tale that’ll turn your stomach. I know it did mine. It was in Germany in 1685 that many women, children, and pets were being savagely killed by what many people in the area was reporting to be a wolf. Because the burgomaster (which is the mayor of a certain municipality in Germany)…

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The Marrok Werewolf

As some of you may know, I’ve recently discovered the little treasure that is Patricia Briggs. As I delve further into the series though, there was a term that I just couldn’t wrap my head around. That term was the ‘Marrok.’ Well, I could put two and two together in regards to the Mercy Thompson…

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A Deeper Look Into Little Red Riding Hood

All of us have heard the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, the famous fairytale about the girl in the red cloak that visits her grandma in the woods only to find the big bad wolf ate grandma and plans on eating her as well.  Yes yes, we all know this story. In the version…

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Why the Wolf?

Those that believe that werewolves are not real creatures but simply legends of folklore and beings made for our entertainment, sometimes wonder why the form of the wolf was chosen. What is it about the beauty of the woods that sparks such fear and awe all at the same time? So, out of all the…

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