Curiosities of the Wolf Man

curiosities of the wolf man

About the werewolf Did you know what?


  • The word lycanthrope comes from the Greek words lukos, which means wolf, and anthropos, which means man. They were named for the first time in the fifth century BC. E. C., by the historian Herodotus. He said that in the city of Scythia the settlers were transformed into wolves once a year for several days and then returned to their normal appearance.
  • In the second century, the physician Galeno described a mental illness by which a person believed he could transform himself into an animal and called it clinical lycanthropy.
  • Hypertrichosis is a disease that causes a large amount of hair to grow on a person’s body. It is often called the werewolf syndrome.
  • The myth says that the first werewolf was the Greek king Lycaon, an authentic tyrant. It is said that he killed a child, perhaps his son, and served it to Zeus in disguise (he intended to kill him, until he knew who he was). The god, annoyed by such a frightful crime, condemned him and his family to become wolves.
  • One of the reasons why the belief of the werewolves was born during the full moon came from the fact that during the full moon, in the places where the wolves live, it was heard and felt more activity on the part of these canids.


  • Besides of werewolf, in the north of Europe, many legends of people emerged, transforming themselves into othe animals, such as bears. In countries where wolves are not easily found, other creatures were created, such as cougar men in South America, tiger men in Asia and hyena men in Africa. But the werewolf will always be the best known.
  • Traditionally, three main types of werewolves are distinguished. The hereditary werewolf (his involuntary illness was transmitted from generation to generation, as a result of some terrible family curse), the volunteer werewolf (his mental depravity leads him voluntarily to the rituals of black magic, and to use all kinds of terrible enchantments, potions, ointments, belts, animal skins and satanic plots to achieve the desired metamorphosis) and the “good” werewolf (an internal contradiction.) He feels nothing but embarrassment at his brutal appearance, and he does not want any man or animal happens to him harm).
  • In his human form has excellent health and strength, is normal although a little hairy and with the senses much more developed than normal, especially his nose.
  • By throwing an iron object, you can discover its human form.
  • Certain hypotheses say that the lycanthropes, when they are not turned into wolves, wolf hair grows inward, and when it is a wolf, the skin grows outward. So when he transformed, he would turn his own skin over.

Interesting data

  • Just as there were trials of women accused of witches, there were also trials of people accused of being werewolves. They were not too common, but they extended until the eighteenth century. Of course, it was better to blame women and not men, even if they were werewolves.
  • In Latvia and Lithuania, werewolves tend to be good and bring treasures to people.
  • In some countries, it is said that a werewolf who dies is reborn as a vampire.
  • There are two types of werewolves: One that is humanoid, but with a lot of hair and a wolf’s head, and another that are simply men and can become four-legged wolves. The first is the most famous.
  • It is said that a person who is a werewolf is a cursed aperson and that silver can cause severe damage. The myth of silver is believed, because when Judas sold Jesus, some say it was with 30 silver coins.
  • Between 1589 and 1610, 30,000 werewolves were reported.
  • The werewolves, they are usually described with black or blackish fur.
  • It is one of the most famous monsters of novels.



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Curiosities of the Wolf Man
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