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The Book of Werewolves (Dover Books on Anthropology and by Sabine Baring-Gould

By Sabine Baring-Gould

With the stunning histories of 10 recognized instances, this vintage blends technology, superstition, and fiction to inform the whole tale of the werewolves between us. the 1st severe educational examine of lycanthropy and "blood-lust" written in English, this booklet attracts upon an unlimited physique of remark, delusion, and lore.

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FOLK−LORE RELATING TO WERE−WOLVES. 35 THE BOOK OF WERE−WOLVES The power to become a were−wolf is obtained by drinking the water which settles in a foot−print left in clay by a wolf. Among the White Russians the wawkalak is a man who has incurred the wrath of the devil, and the evil one punishes him by transforming him into a wolf and sending him among his relations, who recognize him and feed him well. He is a most amiably disposed were−wolf, for he does no mischief, and testifies his affection for his kindred by licking their hands.

Jean was then confronted with his father. He now began to falter in his story, and to change his statements. The examination had lasted long, and it was seen that the feeble intellect of the boy was wearied out, so the case was adjourned. When next confronted with the elder Grenier, Jean told his story as at first, without changing it in any important particular. The fact of Jean Grenier having killed and eaten several children, and of his having attacked and wounded others, with intent to take their life, were fully established; but there was no proof whatever of the father having had the least hand in any of the murders, so that he was dismissed the court without a shadow of guilt upon him.

322):"A man once saw a wolf, which had carried off a child, dash past him. He pursued it hastily, but was unable to overtake it. At last he came upon the hands and feet of a child, and a little further on he found a cave, in which lay a wolf−skin. This he cast into a fire, and immediately a woman appeared, who howled and tried to rescue the skin from the flames. " In India, on account of the prevalence of the doctrine of metempsychosis, the belief in transformation is widely diffused. Traces of genuine lycanthropy are abundant in all regions whither Buddism has reached.

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