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Witchcraft and Werewolves

Witchcraft and Werewolves

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Witchcraft and WerewolvesIn Medieval Times, Lycanthropy and Witches Were IntertwinedBelief in were-animals was universal throughout Europe. In the Middle Ages,different countries had names for the creature and in ways a witch could shape-shift.Centuries ago, people believed witches could transform into wolves. They roamed European lands, killing people and animals. Another belief was lycanthropeswere demons or the devil. Legends exist about witches arriving at Sabbats astride these beasts. Pagans were considered witches.Hollywood popularized the mistaken notion that they attack only during the nighttime full moon. Accounts have recorded daytime attacks and others happeningduring the moon
s other phases.European NamesAndorra: home llopBulgaria: varkolak, vulkodlakCroatia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia: vukodlakDenmark/Sweden: varulvEngland: werewolfEstonia: libahuntFrance: lubins, lupins, loup-garousGalicia: lobisûnGermany: werewolfGreece: lycanthroposIreland: faoladh, conriochtItaly: lupo mannaroLatvia: vilkatis, vilkacisLithuania: vilkolakis, vilkatlakisPoland: wilkolakPortugal: lobisomemRomania: varcolacRussia: oboroten', vurdalakScotland: werewolf, wulverSpain: hombre loboUkraine: vovkulak(a),vovkun, pereverten'How Witches Shape-shift into WerewolvesWitches were believed to be in league with the devil and because of this, they could become wolves. Ways of transforming into a werewolf included:* Removing clothing and donning a belt made of wolf skin or the entire pelt.Removing the hide restored the werewolf to human shape.* Rubbing one
s body with magic salve* Drinking water from a wolf
s footprint, enchanted streams or special formula* Eating a specific plant* Repeating an incantationKilling the WerewolfThe most common and best known method is to shoot a silver bullet through its heart. Destroying the heart and/or brain are the other methods.One well documented case of a wolf-like creature, believed to be a werewolfis the Beast of Gevaudan, a huge lupine that terrorized this town in south central France in the late 1700s, attacking and killing people and animals. After allefforts to kill it failed, the King rounded up hunters. One of them rememberedwerewolf legends and placed a silver bullet in this rifle. He shot the creature

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