Lycanthropy (Wolfman)

Even a man who is pure in heart
And says his prayers by night
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
And the autumn moon is bright.
That quote of course comes from the movie 'The Wolf-man...Just about everyone is familiar with the legend of the werewolf…traditionally, there were several ways a person could become a werewolf...a person could be transformed by eating the meat of a wolf that had been mixed with that of a human and that the ensuing condition was irreversible…centuries later other stories circulated that were said to create werewolves or perhaps more rationally explained as a condition of clinical lycanthropy as the medical people call it…these including having a cursed placed upon you, or by being conceived under a new moon, or by having eaten certain herbs, or by sleeping under the full moon on a Friday (presumably outside or this would make us all werewolves), or by drinking water that has been touched by a wolf…this was taken quite seriously in medieval Europe…traditionally, there are three methods one can use to cure a werewolf… medicinally (usually via the use of wolfs bane)…surgically or by exorcism…many of the cures advocated by the medieval medical practitioners proved to be fatal to the patients…the idea of a wolf man has a widespread belief in European folklore…Bavaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria were the hotbeds of this tale.

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