Witches and Werewolves!

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fan Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Where did the ability to turn oneself into a wolf come from? And how did one go about it? Many believed in turning to witchcraft for the answers. Plus this is my first story so please go easy on the comments! Thanxs! Enjoy!

Witches and Werewolves

 

 Although it is said that some people were actually born with that ability - for example the children of priests - generally speaking it was acquired through the drinking of certain potions, through the wearing of certain types of clothing, or through th eperformance of certain rituals. In some cases, it was a mixture of all three. This usually meant that there was some sort of magic involved.

 During the prehistoric period, men may well have put on the pelts or skins of wolves to make them adopt wolflike behavior. When they took these off they became men again. This idea began to develop in later times. In the early medieval stories, sometimes a great knight might be accidentally transformed into a wolf by putting on a magic ornament like a ring - often this was given to him by a faithless sweetheart who wanted to be rid of him. The act of transformation was therefore caused by an article with magic properties. Later, the Church began to question the source of such magic power. Where did it come from, asked clergymen? The answer that they came up with was that it must come from the Devil, who provoked the beast in every man until it took over. This linked werewolfry with witchcraft in the common mind, and the werewolf simply became a thing of evil. Witch-hunters' manuals such as the Malleus Malificarum (the Hammer of the Witch, printed in 1484) stated that witches often changed themselves into the shape of animals - werewolves, cats, stoats, crows - in order to do wickedness against decent people and serve their Infernal Master, Satan. Such accusations would form the basis of many witchcraft/werewolf trials, especially in France, and would create panics in a number of remote towns and villiages during the 16th and 17th centuries.


Submitted: April 09, 2012

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Allyson Wolfteen

Wow, their are many things I did not know in these two paragraphs! Wonderful!

Mon, April 9th, 2012 6:25pm

TheMike

wow.. informative...kool!!

Mon, April 9th, 2012 7:08pm

Kura Ichimatchii

THANX!!! I was reading about wolves today and I was like oh let me put that on booksie!!!! XD

Mon, April 9th, 2012 7:21pm

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