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Throughout history, werewolves have played an integral part in the cult literature as creatures that were not of men or wolf – but both. Most common legends attest to how these creatures can shape-shift from a man to a wolf or wolf-like creature by the light of the full moon. Silver is the only weapon that can stop them, and the disease of lycanthropy can be spread by a mere scratch or bite.

Although Hollywood has romanticized the thought of werewolves and how not all of them are vicious killing machines, is there anything to worry about for the common man walking home one night during the light of the full moon? It is doubtful since no real evidence has ever been brought to public knowledge aside from folktales and lore. Why should the belief of werewolves be met with suspicion and skepticism?   Can we answer the question… do werewolves exist?

A Misunderstanding? 

Werewolf mad!
Source: Demetris Robinson

Translations from ancient times often lead to the creation of rumors and myths.

For example, Procopius of Caesarea recorded a battle between the Roman Empire and the Isaurians. These South Asian people were merely farmers when they were called to battle in the fifth century. In the recording, Procopius recalled how the Isuarians were slain due to their inability to wage war against Rome. He referred to most of these people as Lycaones. Many believe this to be related to the latin word, Lycaon – an animal of the wolf kind. In reality, Lycaones refers to the Lycaonians – a people of Asia Minor positioned relatively close to the Isuarian lands that were incapable of battle due to inexperience.

This isn’t the only incident in where misunderstanding of texts has created myths and legends.

Perpetuated by Literal Understanding

In the late 16th century, rumors of the werewolf stretched far and wide across Europe. When Peter Stubbe committed heinous crimes against the people of Bedburg, his ferocious nature was akin to that of a wolf. In much the same way that Vlad Tepes was depicted as a vampire, Stubbe’s actions earned him a reputation as he killed in much the same fashion a wolf would while taking down prey.

The story of the Werewolf of Bedburg was literature developed in order to help a people understand the cruel and inhumane nature that psychopaths can embrace. Peter Stubbe could no more change shape into a wolf as Vlad the Impaler could turn into a bat.

Period-specific Intellect 

A werewolf?
Supatra Sasuphan: The Wolf Girl

Humans often attempt to build myths and legends around certain aspects of existence in order to understand current situations. Five hundred years ago, most of the people on the planet knew the Earth was flat. Two hundred years ago, certain people on the planet believed the shining objects in the sky were gods looking down upon them.

Throughout history, those suffering from hypertrichosis were viewed as werewolves merely because the condition forces the growth of thick hair on the face and body. Could you imagine being hunted merely because you grew hair covering your face?

 

Transforming the Human Body

The human body is not developed well enough to force inter-species transformations. Bones would have to break, muscles and tendons would snap, and the shock to our systems would be catastrophic. The DNA of a human would unravel like a rug with a loose string and a child yanking on the end.  It’s physically impossible to quickly morph into a much larger species.

werewolf transformation
Source: Andy Butnariu http://andy-butnariu.deviantart.com/art/Werewolf-transformation-2-278513900

So, do werewolves exist?

You be the judge.

But the next time you see a full moon, realize that the only significance it truly holds is that it’s in a perfect position to reflect sunlight once every 28 days – the cycle of its rotation around Earth.  That’s probably about it.

 

Guest author Ken Myers is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.

20 COMMENTS

    • Just came across this conversation. Werewolves and vampires do exist. I will not provide any of you evidence about this. Ask yourself this. Will the goverment or any one else release evidence of that. No they wont. Why… Because information like that is highly classified. It will put human kind in danger and a lot of people would like to be a vampire or werewolf. Trust me when I am saying this. A lot all people will start doing research, trying to find one, just to find out how they can become one. For the past years I have done research. One question: Have the goverment ever release classified information to the public NO THEY DIDNT. AND THEY WONT…. another question you should ask yourself: have the goverment ever release information what is really happening in the white house. I am telling you all vampires and werewolves DO EXIST…. Do your reseach about animal attacks. Trust me. Research should go back in the earler 18 cens and early 19’s. If you can get your hands on those information you will believe and start to go deeper. Remember vampires or werewolves will never expose themselves NEVER. V or W will NEVER stay in one town/country for there rest of there lifes. The internet if full of nonsense about vampires or werewolves but all of it is TOTALLY NONSENSE. Everyone trying to say what they want to say. Everyone trying get information but they dont get the real info. I hav read all over these years the info but NONE of them is correct. Trust me THEY DO EXIST.

  1. Well if werewolves did exist and “if” there are bad and good ones,I would want one as a pet.Can you imagine having a werewolf as a pet?That would be 50% ridiculous and 50% incredible.

  2. The HUMAN body may not be made for transformations, but maybe the DNA/added DNA or CELLS of a werewolf could create that ability of the werewolf.

  3. come on.. werewolves don’t exist…don’t u want to know why..because there r so many things that we couldn’t find the REASON so we’ll blame it on some superstitions that they don’t exist… trust me … HOW A PERSON CAN CHANGE HIS SHAPE OF BODY TO BECOME A WOLF OR STH LIKE THAT…full moon… that’s ur answer but if a person could turn u can too. so why wouldn’d feel anything… my last word : werewolves or WOLFMEM DON’T EXIST … EVER.

    • Nothing is impossible,everything exists. Witches exist,vampires and werewolves exist even mermaids exist you dont know the power of god and the mind and brain that he gave us, Humans would eventually find a proof about them one day. When the features of the galaxy is the same as the feature of the tinyest thing in the atom,what would you expect. Dinosaurs existed way before us but the humans proved us that they once existed. So never say that they dont exist.

    • Like everyone some can use energy as a tool to cause harm or even to heal reiki is one of them, the werewolf its a myth but it can actualy make sense how you said the full moon is the full reflection of the sun in the moon, so that means that the moon is transmiting a different type of energy in a form of reflection, that can explain why they need to tshape-shift in the full moon its because of the full reflection, and the transformation to a werewolf simple the energy its transmited to all earth, the wolves and the bats are able to transmit it again in a form of bite or scratch because is with that way that some of their cells are transmitted to us and that that infestate our cells creating a dicease that make us be more vulnarable to some stuff to make us stronger to another stuff, and werewolfs can actually exist, there was already found weird bodys in a different shape like the dinossaurs the reconstruction gave a werewolf

  4. hi:) my name is marco pollo lee I’m 13 years old,26 may 2002, I love werewolf and I hope I’m,please add my twitter : marcopollomarc3 . I really thankful if u want to add my twitter thank you:)

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