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Wolves are normally associated with danger and destruction, and most people believe that wolves are dangerous to humans. But in ancient times, there were many religious beliefs about wolves, in some civilizations they were regarded and highly respectable, and some described them a symbol of evil or danger, and some postured them as a symbol of warrior.
You would be surprised to know that wolves have presence in most of the ancient history and people have lots of superstitions and believe about them. Read this article, to know the ancient superstitions and beliefs about wolves.
The Roman Mythology & Superstitions About Wolves
- 1: Wolves are greatly mentioned in Roman mythology, they were attributed to the to Mars, the god of war and agriculture.
- 2: The twin brothers "Romulus and Remus", sons of Mars and eventual and the founders of Rome, were raised by Capitoline Wolf.
- 3: The statue of She-wolf feeding Romulus and Remus was the ancient symbol of Rome and Romans.
- 4: The Roman festival "Lupercalia", named after the rearing cave of Romulus and Remus, was attended by barren Roman women in hopes of becoming fertile.
- 5: According to the Roman scholar "Pliny the Elder",
- Rubbing the teeth of wolves to the gums of infants, relieves in pain of teething.
- Wolf dung can treat both the colic and cataracts.
The Geek Mythology & Superstitions About Wolves
- 6: The Ancient Geek attributed wolves to the Apollo, the Greek god of the sun.
- 7: The Geek has superstition that eating the flesh hunted by wolves, will turn them into vampires.
- 8: The Geek story of Scary lycanthropes (werewolves), Zeus turned King Lycaon of Arcadia into a wolf.
- 9: In ancient Greece, a boxer named Damascus was transformed into a wolf for nine years.
- 10: The person suffering from lycanthropy, can turn into wolves.
The Japanese Mythology & Superstitions About Wolves
- 11: The Japanese word for wolf "Ookami", means “great god”.
- 12: The people of Hokkaido island in northern Japan, considered wolves as a god. Calling "Horkew Kamuy", means "Howling God" or "Horkew Kamuy-dono" means "Lord Wolf God".
- 13: The Anu people of Japan believed that they are descendants of white wolves and goddesses.
- 14: In Japan the grain farmers, used to worship wolves to protect their crops from cattle, and they were making shrines and offering food to wolves.
- 15: According to a Japanese mythical story, when some evil spirits appear in the form of white deer on a road near Mitakesan and led their army astray when a wolf showed them the right path. Then King Takru requested the wolf that he should be there as a true god to avoid the evil spirits.
Turkic And Mongolian Mythology & Superstitions About Wolves
- 16: In Mongolia, people consider wolves a sign of auspiciousness and good luck.
- 17: Mongols consider a blue wolf, Borte-chino was their ancestor.(according to the Bolar Erikh and the Nuuts Tovchoo).
- 18: The Turkic and Mongols have a lot of similarity in beliefs about wolves. Like the Mongols, Turkic also believed they are descended from a "noble wolf".
- 19: According to the Turkic story of Ashina/Asena, A Blue She-Wolf Asena founded the Ashinana Clan who who ruled the entire Turkish empire.
Indic Mythology & Superstitions About Wolves
- 20: Wolves are considered a symbol of evil and cruelty in India.
- 21: There is a belief in India that once using a weapon with which a wolf was killed, falls under some evil influence.
- 22: According to Harivamsa, when the lord Krishna left Braj and started his journey of migration to Vrindavan, made hundreds of wolves with his hairs, who frighten the inhabitants of Vraja, during the journey.
- 23: The book "Sushrut Sanhita", written by Indian Ayurveda guru Sushrut in 6th Century BC, Some animals such as wolves, dogs have a virus, and biting or licking can cause a disease in which people may be afraid to see water.
Arctic and North American Mythology & Superstitions About Wolves
- 24: Cherokee Indians did not use the weapon again with which the wolf was killed.
- 25: Cherokee Indians did not hunt wolves. They believed that if a wolf was killed, the spirit of the slain wolf will take revenge.
- 26: The "Pawnee" believed that wolves were the first beings to experience death.
- 27: Native Americans considered wolves a strength, they believed that wolves have developed the earth. The Arikara and Ojibwe, believed that wolves made the Great Plains visible and made humans and animals habitable.
- 28: Apache warriors used to pray, sing, and dance to to gain the teamwork, strength, and bravery of wolves before the war.
The Norse Mythology & Superstitions About Wolves
- 29: In Norse methodology, people had mixed beliefs about wolves, they were considered positive and negative both. They were seen as brave, loyal, and protective, but On the other hand, they were also represented as hated and destructive. The Fenrir, Skoll, and Haiti were hated, whether Fenrir (The eldest child of Loki and Angrboda) was most hated. Who was bound by the god, because it foretold that he would kill Odin.
- 30: The Norse god Odin's faithful pets wolves "Geri and Freki", were reputed to be "of good omen".
- 31: The German names like, Adolf and Rudolf were inspired by wolves. The name Adolf was derived from the Old High German Athalwolf, meaning noble wolf and Rudolf, meaning "Famous wolf".
- 32: The Adolph Hitler was a great canine lover and fascinated by wolves. Her pet dog had five puppies, one of whom he named “Wulf”, which he derived from the meaning of his own name.
Mythology & Superstitions About Wolves in Other Cultures and Religions
- 33: In Armenian culture, Wolves were considered to be a great guide and a pathfinder.
- 34: In Iranian mythology, wolves were considered to be evil appearing from the darkness of the evil spirit Ahriman, and cruelest animal.
- 35: In Serbian mythology, wolves were considered to be the symbol of fearlessness and portrait for courageousness.
- 36: In Finnish culture, wolves were the symbol of destruction and desolation and called as "susi", means “a useless thing”.
- 37: In Mexican mythology, wolves were highly respected, considered to be the symbol of the Sun and war. They were sacrificed in quartering during religious rituals, their heads were kept as attire for priests and warriors.
- 38: In Navajo culture, wolves were believed that they are witches in wolf's clothing and contact them could cause mental illness and death.
- 39: In Bible wolves are represented as metaphors for greed and destructiveness. Jesus is quoted to have used wolves as illustrations to the dangers, his followers would have faced should they follow him.
- 40: During the outbreak of the bubonic plague in his town in 1514, the Blessed Sebastian de Aparicio includes the account that in his youth and he was forced to quarantine, in a hidden shelter in the woods.
While he was helpless due to his illness, a she-wolf bite and lick his infected body part and he began to heal from that moment.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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