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Werewolf Legends According to an ancient superstition a werewolf is a man who is transformed or who transforms himself into a wolf in nature and appearance The werewolf sometimes transformed under the influence of a full moon roams about at night devouring infants or corpses Stories of such transformations are given in the works of several classical writers and the superstition was common throughout Europe in late medieval times many men were accused and convicted of being werewolves The term lycanthropy refers to the delusion that one has become a wolf There are many traditional beliefs and legends about the werewolf one of the most famous and one of the first stories of were wolf is The Story of Lycaon The story of Lycaon which originated in Greek mythology has been viewed as one of the first werewolf stories ever According to legend Lycaon was a cruel leader of a cult Rumors of the atrocities committed by Lycaon and his cult made their way back to the God Jupiter who decided to investigate He found these rumors to be fact and decided to reveal his identity to the cult The members immediately paid homage to Jupiter however Lycaon didnt believe that he was a real God and prepared a feast for him consisting of human flesh If Jupiter truly was a God he would recognize the meal and decline to eat it since cannibalism was a great sin Jupiter immediately noticed what the feast consisted of To avoid Jupiters wrath Lycaon fled to the countryside Once there he found out what Jupiter had in store for him slowly he began to transform into a man-wolf The term lycanthropy was derived from Lycaons name Another story is the one of The Beserkers In the Folk Tales of the Norseman there are legends of warriors called Beserkers When engage in battle these warriors would go into a frenzy fearing no one feeling no pain
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