Moonday’s Paranormal Hunks: The Werewolves

A werewolf, also called a lycanthrope, is a human creature from myth/folklore that possesses the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or a wolf-like creature. The ability to shift is acquired after being bitten by another werewolf or being placed under a curse. Werewolves possess superhuman strength and senses, far beyond those of both wolves and men.

Several characteristics help to identify werewolves.  Tradition is that both eyebrows meet at the bridge of the nose, fingernails are curved, ears are low-set and there’s a swinging stride. Traditionally, they can be killed by silver bullets. 

The Twilight Wolfpack

The werewolf has been in myth and folklore in many cultures for thousands of years. The original werewolf of classical mythology, Lycaon was a king of Arcadia who turned into a ravenous wolf in retribution for attempting to serve his own son (as in dinner) to the god Zeus in an attempt to disprove the god’s divinity.  That may be the basis for the generally held belief that werewolves liked consuming fresh corpses.

In real life, lycanthropy refers to a person who BELIEVES he/she is a werewolf. Recently, werewolves and other creatures of the paranormals have become very popular in books, films and TV.   

Next week, Shapeshifters. Rita Bay

Werewolf Montage

3 Responses

  1. Yes, I’m up at weird times again (Hubby suggested I may be a Were-owl! lol) but this time it gave me a head start on reading your Moonday post, Rita!

    Interesting, as always, and ever informative. Love you mentioned lycanthropy being the actual term used by psychiatric professionals for individuals believing they change into animal form. People often mistake it as being a contrived literary/film/TV term. Great post, Rita!

  2. FUN! I now know those folks with unibrows are not what they seem! LOL – That was a theory I hadn’t heard before. As always, I learned something from your post.

    • Thank you, Jillian. The lore varies among cultures and is both ancient and extensive. One interesting theory is that the werewolf myth was created to explain serial killings within cultures. Not sure I believe it. RB

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