Werewolf a Werewolf Essay

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The Werewolf

A werewolf in folklore and mythology is a person who shape shifts into a wolf, either purposely, by using magic or by being placed under a curse. Werewolves were known in almost all European countries and cultures. Werewolves are only second in line to vampires in popularity.
The word werewolf is most likely to derive from two old-Saxon words, wer (meaning man) and wolf. In Greek, the terms Lycanthropy refers to the transformation process while Lycanthrope, which is a synonym to werewolf, is the afflicted person. The popular definition of werewolf or lycanthrope is a man who transforms himself or being transformed into a wolf under the influence of full moon.
In Greek mythology the story "Lycaon" is one of the earliest
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The history behind his downfall was rather bizarre. He had started to practice sorcery when he was only 12 and was so obsessed with it that even tried to make a pact with the Devil. Wearing a magic girdle he started to attack his enemies, real or imaginary. After several months, he would take the appearance of a wolf and continued with his evil acts with more brutality. In the wolf form he used to tear up victims' throats and suck warm blood from veins. Gradually his thirst for blood grew and he roamed around fields in search of prey.
In history there are lots of ways a person could become a werewolf. The most common was a wolf strap, a gift from the devil. Whoever put on the strap would turn into a wolf, and could only change back to its human form if someone called out his name. But anyone who accepted the wolf strap made a pack with the devil and could not get rid of it. Other ways of becoming a werewolf were to rub magic salve on a person's body, to

DeBats 3 drink water out of the footprint of the animal thought to be a werewolf, or be directly bitten by a werewolf, where the saliva entered the blood stream. An ill fated man could become victim of witchcraft or fall under curse of evil spirits. The person then would involuntary turn into were werewolf. Many stories have a ritual were the afflicted man would locate an isolate place and trace a big circle on the soil then rub on the oil, place on the wolf hide and concentrate on a prayer to the
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