The Werewolf legends developed from European folklore, and is believed to be when a man or woman shape-shifts or transforms into a wolf at night, devouring animals, people, even corpses – before returning back to their original human form by morning.
Some people say that werewolves are able to change their shape at will, while others believe the condition is hereditary. Other theories state that one must first be bitten by a werewolf in order to transform into the creature. Rumor has it that once a person becomes infected, the transformation will automatically occur during a full moon. The primary reason for this belief is based on the phases of the moon, and how these phases have affected humans and ocean tides over the years in ancient cultures.
The legends also state that if a werewolf is wounded while in it’s wolf-form, once they turn back in to their human shape, those wounds will still show and may lead to them being identified as a werewolf. Although there have been many written account of these legends over the years of history, there is no way to either confirm or deny if this evidence is real.
Some of the more popular werewolf accounts are listed below. You should do your own research on these stories and make your own assumptions, but keep in mind that these stories are well-documented all over the internet.
- The Werewolf Of Bedburg, Germany During The 16th Century
- The Bray Road Beast – Wisconsin 1980′s-1990′s.
- The Delphos Wolf Girl – Kansas 1974
Those are only a few documented accounts of what appears to be real werewolf encounters. While most people believe that the werewolf was just a made up cinematic creature for the big screen, there is evidence and proof throughout history that can prove otherwise.
It’s pretty creepy to think that there is a possibility that humans can transform into a super beast at night, murder and feast off of the living and then return to their human form the next day. Some people question whether or not the human can remember transforming into their werewolf form. It’s very hard to say. No one can know for sure. Legends suggest that the shape shifter may be knowledgeable of their actions as a werewolf but other mythology says that one might not be able to control their thoughts during transformation.
There are a few facts and myths surrounding werewolves, most of these facts come from ancient cultures and have been passed on through generations over time. Here are some facts about how one might turn into a werewolf:
- Being murdered on the full moon.
- Engaging in sexual intercourse with a werewolf.
- Being the seventh son or a seventh son, or seventh daughter of a seventh daughter.
- Consuming wolf meat.
- Drinking water that came from waters of the dead.
- Making a pact with the devil.
- Having a spell or curse on you.
Other facts about werewolves are as followed below:
Werewolves are not immortal. They do age slower than the average human.
Silver bullets can kill werewolves, however it can kill humans as well. It’s just a myth the movies created.
Holy water is said to scare away and possibly harm werewolves.
Shape shifting into a werewolf can be a painful process.
In ancient cultures, many men were killed under false accusations of being a werewolf. There was no proof needed during those times.
These are only a few of the most popular facts surrounding the mythology of werewolves. I would suggest that you do your own research as well and learn as much as possible to become more education on the legends surrounding werewolves. With so many different beliefs and cultures, the legends can be hard to understand.
The fact is, even though people don’t want to believe it might be true, there is evidence out there supporting these shape shifting creatures.