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Werewolves (literally “man-wolves”) are shapeshifting creatures who possess unusual speed, strength, reflexes and senses.
- Werewolves can be found in countless books, films and television shows, from the horror classic, “The Wolf Man,” to the “Twilight” and “Underworld” series.
- Although werewolves often play second fiddle to vampires and zombies in terms of pop culture man-monsters, they have a long and rich history.
- Werewolves, also known as lycanthropes, are legendary shapeshifting humans. As the name suggests, the shape these creatures take on is that of a wolf.
- The history of the werewolf legend has spread to every area of the world. It is also one of the oldest legends of human monsters in recorded history.
- Throughout history there are records of the trials of confessed or accused werewolves. In fact, they were hunted, questioned and executed in much the same way as witches were because often witches were accused of also being werewolves.
- These so-called “werewolf trials” give us a historical glimpse into the rampant human belief in werewolves.
- Some of the accused were arrested because villagers needed someone to blame for dead livestock or some other inexplicable occurrence.
- A more infamous case of werewolf execution is that of a German man named Peter Stumpp (or Stubbe).
- Peter was supposedly caught by his neighbors in his wolf form. They witnessed him taking off his “wolf girdle” (more on that later) when they closed in on him. At this time, he re-assumed his human form.
- Peter confessed to murder, rape and cannibalism. His mistress and daughter were executed immediately after he was.
- Ovid wrote the Metamorphoses in 1 A.D. In it he told the tale of King Lycaon (the origin of the word Lycanthrope) who offended the gods by serving human meat to them at dinner.
- Jupiter punished this transgression by transforming Lycaon into a werewolf. In his werewolf form he could continue his abomination of eating human flesh with less offense.
- The full moon had nothing to do with Ovid’s werewolf and other early werewolf legends. Werewolves changed shape at their own whim. Other legends associate werewolves with a sort of belt or “wolf girdle” that, upon donning, would transform them into the beasts.
- Religion has had an obvious impact on the werewolf myth. In areas where Christianity was prevalent, being a werewolf was associated with witchcraft and the devil.
- Even the wolf girdle found a place in Christian belief in werewolves. They believed that the belt was provided by the devil for use by his minions.
- Religion has influenced this belief that manifested in human history for one of two reasons. Either werewolves were thought up to explain something horrible or they are real.
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Werewolf worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Werewolves (literally “man-wolves”) which are shapeshifting creatures who possess unusual speed, strength, reflexes and senses.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Werewolf Facts
- Let’s Draw!
- Describe It!
- Fill in the Blanks
- Word Search
- Wolf Characteristics
- Movie Time
- Religion vs Werewolves
- Famous Movies
- Word Jumble
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