What is it about Werewolves and Graveyards?
Numerous reports of encounters with real-world werewolf-like creatures have taken place near graveyards. Is there a reason for this or is it just coincidence? The German Military Cemetery in Cannock Chase in Great Britain. “Old Stinker” of Hull and the cemeteries of the Yorkshire Wolds. If we look to Myth, there is Cerberus, standing guard at the entrance to the underworld. Are all such beasts guardians of some sort or other? Researcher Linda Godfrey, best known for her investigations of the Bray Road Beast of Wisconsin, has stated that she has documented many sightings in the vicinity of graveyards, sometimes ancient graveyards or burial grounds, and effigy mounds. Why is that?
What’s the difference between a “cemetery” and a “graveyard”? I’d always heard that a graveyard had to be connected to a church. In order to have a “yard” you have to have a house, correct? Cemeteries, on the other hand, were just lots set aside for burials. As Christianity spread into Europe during the Middle Ages, people could only be buried on grounds connecting to a church, called a “churchyard.” As those areas of the churchyard set aside for burial filled up, they started burying people elsewhere in areas designated for the purpose but lacking connected church buildings.
Both graveyards and cemeteries are considered consecrated or “holy” ground, but this fact does not seem to bother werewolves.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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