Wednesday, October 9, 2013


I must admit, when I first came up with the topic of this blog, I was not too excited about it.  As anyone who knows me or reads this blog knows, my monster of choice is definitely a vampire.  Werewolves are NOT my cup of tea!  But duty to the world of writing overcame me and I proceeded to do a little research.  Some of what I found out has intrigued me, and I intend to share that information with you here.

The myths and stories surrounding werewolves originated in Europe.  Many of today's ideas seem to be heavily influenced by German Paganism.

Belief in werewolves seems to be non-existent before the 14th century.  Werewolf superstitions seem to have arose along side the rising popularity of Christianity.  Once Christianity became the norm, transforming into a wolf - or other beast - was seen as a Pagan belief and thus associated with the Devil.

Werewolves also have a strong tie to the European witch trials, particularly during the 16th and 17th centuries.  Once the witch trials subsided, werewolves became extremely popular within folklore and helped bolster the Gothic horror genre. 

There have also been medical explanations given for the belief in werewolves.  I have found four medical conditions associated with werewolves:

  • Congenital Porphyria (symptoms are photosensitivity, reddish teeth and psychosis)
  • Hypertrichosis (excessive hair growth - hereditary condition)
  • Downs Syndrome (I didn't find much info here, just that some scholars have linked the two together) 
  • Rabies (remarkable similarities - supports idea of being bitten by a wolf and becoming a werewolf)
Just as with myths of vampires, a person could go on for days - or longer - explaining all there is to know of werewolves.  The above are just a few of the things that stood out to me.  Do you know of any other information that you think is interesting and wasn't mentioned in this blog?


  1. Oh for the love of God!
    I'm laughing in my shock on your research.
    And sighing.
    Oy! People.

    1. Yes Mardra, I thought you'd get a kick out of that. I tried to find some more information for you, but I just didn't come across any.

  2. I have an easier time believing in the existence of vampires than in werewolves - haha.