So lets say it’s the seventh century, yea, that far back, and you suspect you or someone you know just might be a werewolf. But how can you be sure? I mean, you don’t want any mistakes, any risks, right? Don’t worry boys and gals, I’ve got what you need. You see, back then “doctors” came up with a list of werewolf symptoms. This here is the actual list of werewolf symptoms written by seventh century doctors…
- Pale skin.
- Weak vision.
- No tears or saliva, making the eyes and mouth very dry.
- Super thirsty.
- Wounds on the arms and legs that do not heal (believed to be caused by walking on all fours).
- An obsession with walking around cemeteries at night.
- Howling until dawn.
Yes, believe it or not that is the list of werewolf symptoms that was passed around certain parts of the world. Insane right? But those aren’t the only traditional means for figuring out if someone was a werewolf or not. In fact, there is a massive list of ridiculous things people back in the day came up with. We covered some of them in this awesome post here, but here are some more…
- Long index finger (if the index finger on someone was way longer than the middle finger this person was thought to be a werewolf).
- Unibrow! Also known as monobrow, when you have one long eyebrow rather than two above each eye.
- Pentagram mark. People back then, just like many now, thought a pentagram was a symbol of evil (it actually represents the elements) and that being a werewolf was also evil. Therefore a person that was a werewolf was believed to have a pentagram tattoo/brand on their body, usually on the chest or hand.
- Reddish glow in the dark eyes (yup, this originally came from old myths, not movies).
Now you know for sure when there is a werewolf around. Or… you just know that back in the day people were paranoid and thought everything was a symptom of something eviiiiiiiiil!