Mythological Creatures: Werewolf

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The mythology and folklore of werewolves has existed for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. However, they were thrown into popular superstition in 18th century Europe, as they are said to be the archenemies of vampires. Originally known as 'lycanthrope', which translates from Latin as 'wolfman', werewolves are men that have the ability or curse to transform into a half-man, half-wolf creature. Folkloric tales state that a this transformation usually occurs during a full moon. In recent fiction, becoming a werewolf involves being bitten by one, suggesting that some sort of infection is passed on in their bite...

However, older folklore states many ways that the transformation may take place, such as magical incantations, curses, witchcraft, magic salves, wearing of a wolf strap belt or making a pact with the devil, amongst many others. Werewolves are said to have superhuman strength, speed and senses, coupling this with only one weakness; silver, they are immensely powerful beings. In human form, the physical characteristics of werewolves are easily spotted: a unibrow (monobrow), a swinging stride, low-set ears and sharp, curved fingernails. A suspected werewolf's flesh may be cut whilst in human form to reveal fur in the wound, this is because the beasts are said to break out of their human form at the appearance of a full moon. Whilst there are many ways to become a werewolf, there are also many remedies including exhaustion, which forces the wolf from the man through long, intense periods of physical activity, however, wolfsbane, surgery and exorcism were also widely accepted remedies for the curse of the werewolf, although most cures proved fatal to the human host.