Solo disponible en BuenasTareas
  • Páginas : 2 (401 palabras )
  • Descarga(s) : 0
  • Publicado : 13 de enero de 2011
Leer documento completo
Vista previa del texto
A werewolf also known as a lycanthrope is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shape shift into a wolf or an anthropomorphic wolf-like creature, either purposely, by being bitten orscratched by another werewolf, or after being placed under a curse.
This transformation is often associated with the appearance of the full moon
Werewolves are often granted extra-human strengthand senses, far beyond those of either wolves or men.
Folk beliefs
 Description and common attributes
Werewolves were said to bear tell-tale traits in European folklore.
These included themeeting of both eyebrows at the bridge of the nose, curved fingernails, low set ears and a swinging stride.
One method of identifying a werewolf in its human form was to cut the flesh of the accused,under the pretense that fur would be seen within the wound.
The appearance of a werewolf in its animal form varies from culture to culture, though they are most commonly portrayed as beingindistinguishable from ordinary wolves save for the fact that they have no tail and that they retain human eyes and voice.
After returning to their human forms, werewolves are usually documented as becomingweak, debilitated and undergoing painful nervous depression
One universally reviled trait in medieval Europe was the werewolf's habit of devouring recently buried corpses
 Becoming a werewolf
Variousmethods for becoming a werewolf have been reported, one of the simplest being the removal of clothing and putting on a belt made of wolf skin, probably as a substitute for the assumption of an entireanimal skin
In other cases, the body is rubbed with a magic salve. To drink rainwater out of the footprint of the animal in question or to drink from certain enchanted streams were also consideredeffectual modes of accomplishing metamorphosis.
 Vulnerabilities
They are vulnerable to silver weapons and highly resistant to other attacks.
In some legends, werewolves have an aversion to...
tracking img