Native American Vampire by Vianka Van BokkemSome Native Americans like me are destined to transform into werewolves on our eighteenth-birthday.
My destiny was taken away from me when I was ten years old.
I was taken to another land away from my loved ones without my consent.
Will I ever be able to see my parents again?
Will ‘Elu’ the beautiful female werewolf accept our differences and fall in love with me?
**This is a Young Adult story**
Coyote and Raven, American Tricksters: Crash Course World Mythology #22
Werewolf Legends from Around the World
Among all the shape shifting mythological creatures, werewolf is perhaps the best known. But no one can say with certainty at what point in history the myth of the werewolf originated. Historians typically point out that Greek mythology is the source of this myth. The cult originated in BC and had existed until BC. This mythological creature truly is an international historical mystery.
Caption: Caption: cap cred. Caption: Wikimedia. When our trusty satellite glows he howls in pain and begins to shrink and sprouts fur and grows a curly tail and his face compacts like it got hit with a two-by-four. And when the transformation is complete he stumbles around with breathing problems, making funny noises and looking generally uncomfortable because, quite frankly, evolution never meant to produce the pug. We humans have long revered its voraciousness, leading to much mythologization, not to mention savage persecution , of the critter.
The wolf is a common motif in the foundational mythologies and cosmologies of peoples throughout Eurasia and North America corresponding to the historical extent of the habitat of the gray wolf. The obvious attribute of the wolf is its nature of a predator , and correspondingly it is strongly associated with danger and destruction, making it the symbol of the warrior on one hand, and that of the devil on the other. The modern trope of the Big Bad Wolf is a development of this. The wolf holds great importance in the cultures and religions of the nomadic peoples, both of the Eurasian steppe and North American Plains. One of the earliest written references to black wolves occurs in the Babylonian epic Gilgamesh , in which the titular character rejects the sexual advances of the goddess Ishtar , reminding her that she had transformed a previous lover, a shepherd, into a wolf, thus turning him into the very animal that his flocks must be protected against. In Proto-Indo-European mythology , the wolf was presumably associated with the warrior class, who would "transform into wolves" or dogs upon their initiation. This is reflected in Iron Age Europe in the Tierkrieger depictions from the Germanic sphere, among others.
In folklore, a werewolf or occasionally lycanthrope /?la?k?n??ro?p is a human with the ability . Ovid also relates stories of men who roamed the woods of Arcadia in the form of wolves. .. Peninsulas of Michigan and upstate New York, originates from French folklore influenced by Native American stories on the Wendigo.
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