Part One: Present day hunters
This is the first part of a sires of hubs that will focus on several aspect of werewolf hunting though out history. As a writer of horror and an avid fan of mythology, I consider myself a werewolf hunter, for I am constantly hunting “the facts” that are hidden within mythology about werewolves. This subject could be considered as a type of cryptozoology, which is the study of hidden animals. Animals that were presumed to be extinct, extremely rare or considered to be the creatures of mythology. Now Werewolves tend to lean towards the supernatural or creatures of myth category. I will not focus on the subject of cryptology much, in this hub. However, it is an interesting subject so I may venture into that realm in future hubs.
What I want to accomplish in this series of hubs, is to search the history of the mythology about Shape- Shifters, sorcerers and other creatures of legend. We will study all the possible explanations for the mythology of werewolves. Even explore the popular concept that werewolves were the victims of mental illness and the possible causes of these mental illnesses. On the subject of mental illness, I have found people in certain forums that have a strong belief that they are werewolves or “half-werewolves” These statement makes me wonder which half?
For the word werewolf comes from the Anglo-Saxon word were which means man, and wolf is self-explanatory. To me, being a werewolf is like being pregnant. You either are our you are not. Now personally I do not see anything wrong with having a fantasy life and yet, if you are convinced that you are some kind of creature capable of murder and cannibalism, then you should seek professional help! The truth is, there was a time in history, especially in Europe, that if you felt you were a werewolf you would had been burned at the stake, hanged or beheaded. I will venture more into subject of witch and werewolf trials in the next hub in this series, for now we will stick to modern times.
The term for the mental illness that cause people to think they are werewolves is known as Clinical Lycanthropy. The last clear case for this disease, was diagnosed in 1977 and was reported in The American Journal of Psychiatry. Vol. 134, NO.10, the following is taken directly from this Journal.
A 49-year-old married woman presented on an urgent basis for psychiatric evaluation because of delusions of being a wolf and "feeling like an animal with claws." She suffered from extreme apprehension and felt that she was no longer in control of her own fate: she said, "A voice was coming out of me." Throughout her 20-year marriage she experienced compulsive urges towards bestiality, lesbianism, and adultery.
The patient chronically ruminated and dreamed about wolves. One week before her admission, she acted on these ruminations for the first time. At a family gathering, she disrobe, assumed the female sexual posture of a wolf, and offered herself to her mother. This episode lasted for approximately 20 minutes. The following night, after coitus with her husband, the patient suffered a 2-hour episode, during which time she growled, scratched, and gnawed at the bed. She stated that the devil came into her body and she became an animal. Simultaneously, she experienced auditory hallucinations. There was no drug involvement or alcoholic intoxication.
With the proper care and medication the woman finally recovers with only occasional relapses. This condition has also been classified as chronic pseudo neurotic schizophrenia. Here are more of her symptoms:
1. Delusions of werewolf transformation under extreme stress.
2. Preoccupation with religious phenomenology, including feeling victimized by the evil eye.
3. Reference to obsessive need to frequent graveyards and woods.
4. Primitive expression of aggressive and sexual urges in the form of bestiality.
5. Physiological concomitants of acute anxiety.
There are other terminologies for people who think they are wolves or other animals stuck in human forum. These are; Therianthropy and "Otherkin" Therianthropes comes from the Greek word thereon meaning wild animal or beast. It is interesting to me, that there is even a Christian therianthrope forum! this to me is kind of Ironic for the concept of being connected to animal spirit would be considered pagan, or some kind of Shamanism. I even joined this forum for it will be way to actually build a relationship with those who believe they are part animal or were an animal in a past life.
Then there are those who call themselves "otherkin." These are people who believe they have the souls of mythical beings like Elves for example. These people have groups all over the net an yet, when you try to find out any tangible information about what it means to be a "otherkin" the interpretation is either vague or is put in terminology I am not familiar with. They do seem to talk a lot about "Awakening" which is the sudden realization that they are not a "normal" human. At the end of this hub I will supply links that will lead you to websites if you wish to learn more.
Another direction I Will take is the Shape-Shifting believes in Native American and Native Mexican cultures. These general are two terms which are used in both Native American, both North and south and Mexico. This is known as Skinwalker in many native American tribes and the Nahual in Mexico. The Navajo is one of the best known tribes to practice this form of shape-shifting with a form of witchcraft that they call yee naaldooshii or "The Witchery Way." It is said that only those who have reached the highest form of Priesthood and then break several Taboos and even kill one of their close kins such as a sibling to be able to become a skinwalker. This practice is defiantly on the outskirts of traditional Navajo beliefs and practices.
On the other hand, we have the confusing term of Nahul (pronounced Na'wall) which comes from the Nahuatl language that was spoke by the Toltec and the Aztec to name just a couple of civilisations in Mesoamerica. Overall, it refers to a special form of witch or "Brujo" (to use the Spanish word for witch) that has the capability to turn it into certain animals. In this way it is similar to the skinwalkers of the Navajo or Hopi. However, this is just one of the meanings of the word that differs some, depending on what part of Mexico or Central America you may travel.
Ever since the Spanish conquered Mexico, it is hard to tell what legions are original in nature, and which has been influenced by the Catholic Belief systems. To learn a little more about the culture that used this terminology, I suggest you read my series called "The Feathered Christ"
It is very interesting to me that the legend about werewolves refuses to die, for the subject has become very popular lately. Not only this, but we have developed our own mythology around a werewolf here in the USA! This is the so called “Dog Man” of Wisconsin; also known as the beast of Bray Road.There have been many books and videos devoted to this mystery, like “Hunting the American Werewolf” or the hoax video known as The Gable film.
Scientists examine key evidence found on the hunt for a werewolf. This is in Monsterquest fourth season. The other video's I have loaded from YouTube will show four segments from the same show.
Beside the sightings in Wisconsin there has been other states that has reported there own sightings. These are Ohio, Minnesota New Mexico and Texas. One interesting incident was in Greggton Texas, way back in 1958. A woman by the name of Mrs Delburt Gregg, claimed to have a experience that could be called a encounter with a werewolf. She claims that she saw a animal that was a "huge, shaggy, wolf-like creature" that was clawing at the screen of her window! She then jump up and grabbed a flashlight and the beast ran off into nearby bushes. Later she claimed to see a tall man was walking down the road away from where she saw the creature.
Speaking of Texas, there seems to be a new trend with teenagers that hang out together and call themselves werewolves. It has started in some High schools in Texas and will most likely move throughout the country. This of course is nothing new, for over the years there has been many groups in many places that pretend to be vampires, so why not wannabe werewolves? Then there are some Forums that believe that the werewolf craze is fading out and will be replaced by some other mythical monster.
On my next segment we will "claw" are way back to the very beginning of the werewolf myth and then work our way forward to explore the truth behind the werewolf trials in Europe. Part two will be called "The Story Behind the Story" for it was the history of the werewolf "outbreak" that was said to happen in France, that inspired my Hearts That Howl Series. From there, I will return to a fictional story about a group of modern day werewolf hunters which I will call And Deliver Us From Evil....
So stay tuned and tell all your friends to also check out these new segments that will be written to enhance and add too "Hearts That Howl."
aria on June 16, 2014:
Wow. This is interesting. I'd like to learn more.
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on May 26, 2013:
Who was Thesius? I never heard of him before.
tariq on May 05, 2013:
Some werewolves were made by the devil and some by god because in the bible it says that god made a man name thesius a werewolve. Hounds of god.
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on May 02, 2013:
Okay..so you did not read the article did you? For is you read this article and the my follow up articles on the subject, you would know I do not hunt werewolves or wolves but information on shapeshifting! It is time for you to take your medication.
Lucifer on April 21, 2013:
Why would you hunt the most beautiful animal? They deserve to live. I am part of a pack so you will never get us.
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on April 17, 2013:
LOL! I hate when that happens!
Anonymous on March 14, 2013:
I used to think that I was a werewolf, then I realized I was just a run of the mill cannibal serial killer. Who knew?
Future Cryptozoologist on September 25, 2012:
I'm an aspiring zoologist and cryptozoologist, but I also know A lot about mythology and fantasy subjects. Sorry, but I don't think that werewolf hunting can be classified under cryptozoology because werewolves aren't animals. But that's beside the point. I've been researching werewolves for quite awhile, and I just can't see how lycanthropy could be possible. There are many reasons for this. For example, if a human body cell has 46 chromosomes and a wolf cell has 78 chromosomes then how could a human possibly change into a wolf? And how could a full moon possibly alter someone's body? I agree that it would be awesome if werewolves actually existed, but let's be scientific about this. Could someone really believe that they are a werewolf? Yes. Could a humanoid canine exist in the animal world? Possibly. Could a human change into a wolf? No. I'm not trying to burst anyone's bubble or be sarcastic, I just think this is getting out of hand.
P.S. Be careful when you call werewolves demons and start dragging Satan into this. I'm a Christian (a Baptist actually), and I just don't think that that is Biblical.
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on July 06, 2012:
Okay....so you did not read this hub did you?? For I only hunt information on werewolves and you need to take your medication!
wolf person on June 10, 2012:
if you hunt and hurt my werewolf family you will regret it. cause im a werewolf and im an alpha of my pack and when you hurt any of my werewolf family that's when i gather the pack.
shinealight on April 13, 2012:
yes, that is correct
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on October 10, 2011:
Hello Wesman and thanks for dropping in, I got your email and made the changes you brought to my attention, for I was not aware of the video and others things you mentioned, thanks!
Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on October 09, 2011:
It's hard to imagine someone being more disturbed than the poor person you described getting naked and in the mating position at a family gathering.
I've been about that disturbed myself - luckily for me, I tend to most often know when to stay indoors.
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on July 14, 2011:
Actually Baby Girl I know a lot of people who would disagree with that! Read more you will see!
babygirl on July 14, 2011:
Lol. So we have someone who knows a werewolf and someone who claims to be one. Lmao. Wow please seek help. There are no such things as werewolves.
wolfboy from lumsden,canada,sk on March 06, 2011:
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on March 05, 2011:
Yep, and you are also seven years old!
wolfboy from lumsden,canada,sk on March 05, 2011:
zoowemama and crap and WTF!THIS IS BAD NEWS FOR ME AS I TOLD YOU I AM A WEREWOLF!
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on December 21, 2010:
Well Pam you can come back and make a cute comment any time you like for cute is always welcomed!
Pam Roberson from Virginia on December 17, 2010:
I was tempted to make a cute comment until I got absorbed into the meat of this hub. It's very interesting, and I enjoyed learning much more beyond the 'movie' stuff I've seen. Thanks!
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on October 29, 2010:
Thank you all for the commits and I will soon be writing a FaceBook blog called "Werewolves For Jesus" that will include my up coming interview with those who think they are werewolves AND Christians!
saddlerider1 on October 28, 2010:
This is a well organized hub about werewolfs. When I drove over the highways for a number of years I had some very strange sightings like the ghost I wrote about in my hub Graveyard of Lost Souls.
I became a firm believer from that day forward in ghosts/spirits/or whatever one wants to call them. I have driven the roads in Wisconsin and Michigan and one early morning I saw a very large upright looking beast running through a field.
I didn't take much notice other than I felt very strange watching this thing move through the field. It could have been that Dogman they talk about, I don't really know. Interesting hub will read the other two hubs you've published. Well done.
K.A.E Grove from Australia on October 27, 2010:
Found this to be a fascinating read...I am really glad to be a fan :)
Nell Rose from England on October 27, 2010:
Hi, it's funny how myths and legends start, obviously it is a mental illness when someone thinks they are a werewolf, but maybe it's just too much tostesterone! lol cheers nell
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on October 23, 2010:
Oh my God! I will load my tusty Daisy with silver bb's and be right over..WAIT A SEC, THEY DO NOT MAKE SILVER BB'S! Also, were in Canada do you live? Hold tight help is on the way!
epigramman on October 22, 2010:
..not a good time to be writing this because there's a full moon by the lake here where I live ...and my neighbor seems to be a little hairer than usual these days and he's still cutting the grass in late Canadian autumn but only at night ...... and hold on there's a knock at the door - it's 5:00 in the morning and I just got home from work - so hold on - there's quite a commotion outside on my deck - I'll be back ..............................................kd23yhb43ryryiu8377777777777777777777777777777777777777
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on October 21, 2010:
I guss do celabrate Halloween in my own way. In the book I am writing,The hero of my story was even born on Halloween.
Annie Bows from Everywhere USA on October 21, 2010:
Gosh, this is a lot of information. But it seems like you have done lots of real good searching for facts. And what better time than now to write it? Do you celebrate Halloween? (I don't).
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on October 20, 2010:
Hello magnoliazz! So good of you to drop by! You should read part two of this series for I get even deeper into the mythology of werewolfs. I got into a little hot water calling werewolves demons by someone who belives they are some kind of good werewolf. This is not the first time in history that people belived they were GOOD werewolves, for there was a grope of people in Italy that clamed to be good werewolves who faught demonic werewolves!
magnoliazz from Wisconsin on October 20, 2010:
An interesting hub!
There have been many werewolf sightings in Michigan as well.
My grandfather told me werewolf stories, and I think he even believed them. In Germany, werewolves were a given, and when these people came to this country they brought their beliefs with them, as stated in part 4.
Most people who have seen werewolves in Wis saw the werewolf near Indian mounds and the werewolf could speak like a man.
What I am wondering about is the possibility of demonic posession. Sure, we call it mental illness now, but is it?
I will be honest, I am afraid at night when I travel lonely backroads alone. If I disappear you will know that the werewolf got me! LOL!
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on October 18, 2010:
Yea that was preety wilid...however I recently discovered a fourm for "Christian Therianthropy" which some of the people who handout there believe they are "true werewolves." I have joined the fourm for that concept fasanates me...I hope to get to know these people better so I can understand more on how they think this is possible.
mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on October 16, 2010:
Wow. I'm definitely amazed at the "Case Report" you've displayed here, Highvoltagewriter. That was a pretty serious and long-term psychological condition that I hope is not very common.
William Benner (author) from Savannah GA. on October 05, 2010:
Hello Marliza! It so good for you to stop by...Yes I do agree that the TRUE werewolves are demons! However, I do not see wolves as demons for they are one of God's creatures that are neather good or bad, they just are. I like what you said about the food chain, LOL as long as I do not end up on the botton of that chain!
So did you really know a werewolf? Tell me more...for I have met many strange animals AND Demons but never a werewolf!
Marliza Gunter on October 05, 2010:
Sjoe...what a weird world we live in...lol..like I always say...its like a zoo down here...but yes..werewolf does exist...they are demons...so are wolfs...tip..if you ever get annoyed with a wolf, then feed him to a werewolf...it is what I call the food chain...I knew a werewolf many years ago, he did me no harm..but it is the snakes, spiders and scorpions that can be up in your face too much.. :)