A werewolf is called a mythological being that can be transformed from a human into a wild animal and vice versa. Such a metamorphosis is quite popular in the legends of different peoples of the world. Even in the drawings of the Stone Age, you can often see images of half-people half-stars.
Since then, there have been a lot of stories about the terrible werewolves, who are strong, like the wild inhabitants of the forest, and are humanly intelligent. Even in childhood, we get acquainted with such characters, take at least the Wolf from the Little Red Riding Hood. And in modern kinoSagah about the evil forces werewolves play a significant role.
But where did the myths about such creatures come from? Scientists believe that people wrote legends about those who had physiological or psychological problems. And the most interesting is that history knows the real cases of werewolf intervention in a person’s life. About the most famous werewolves in history and will be discussed.
This story took place in the dark Middle Ages – in the 16th century. Once near the French town of Dol, the peasants heard a roar and a beast in the forest and a child’s cry immediately followed. When people rushed to the rescue, they saw how the wounded kid desperately fought off some incomprehensible monster. In it, the peasants were able to recognize Gilles Garnier, a resident of a local village. And after another ten-year-old boy soon disappeared around the neighborhood, the main suspect was clear. On the main square, the Herald part read an order permitting us to grab and kill the local werewolf to stop terrorizing the neighborhood. Gilles Garnier was arrested and confessed that it was he who was the monster that killed the children. Not particularly going into the details, the werewolf rushed to burn at the stake.
According to the chronicles of the German town of Greifswald in 1640, the neighborhood was literally swarming with werewolves. As soon as the darkness descended, all the residents closed the house on the bolts, afraid to even go out into the yard. So the Germans were afraid of monsters emerging from nowhere. The general fright lasted until a group of young people decided to put an end to this madness. Students collected all the silver from the district, not only dishes and goblets went to work, but even buttons. All this metal went to casting bullets. After the students were properly prepared and armed, they went on a hunt. What happened there was a mystery, but since then the people of Greifswald could again walk quietly at night. Werewolf from Ansbach.
History says that in 1685, the unnaturally large and bloodthirsty wolf literally sealed the neighborhood of the Bavarian town of Ansbach. It was said that in reality the animal was a werewolf. And people assumed that they could become the deceased shortly before the Mayor of Ansbach. After the wolf was killed, the locals dressed the corpse of the animal in the mayor’s clothes and put it on public display for the city square. Later, the remains of the werewolf were moved to the city museum. Werewolf from Klein Krams.
There were times when dense and virgin forests near the German village of Klein-Krams were loved by hunters. They came here to hone their skills and compete with colleagues. But only once there was a big strange wolf, to whom gun bullets did not cause harm. He even mocked the hunters – let them get closer, and then simply disappeared. It used to happen that the wolf dragged their prey from the hunters. One day, one of the participants of the competition, a young cavalry officer, was driving past the village of Klein-Krams. He noticed a group of children running from one house shouting and screaming. The hunter managed to find out that there is an unusual boy living here who, at home alone, turns into a wolf and so scares neighbor’s kids. The officer was very surprised by this children’s game. But when he glanced out the window, he saw that huge wolf in the house, and after a few moments there was already a small child. Werewolf from Pavia.
In 1541, in the vicinity of the Italian Pavia, lone travelers began to complain of the attacks of the insane farmer. He rushed at his victims, growling like a wild beast. The werewolf bit into the human flesh and tore it into pieces. Many people suffered from such attacks. After the maniac was caught, he declared that he considered himself a wolf, and not a man. The farmer explained the absence of his wool in that he grows inside it, and not outside. This is what distinguishes a werewolf from other wolves. The judge decided to check this statement and cut off the maniac hands and feet. It is not known what was there with the fur, but from the blood loss the accused quickly died.
This story about the werewolf from Chalon is pretty creepy. Also the monster went down in history, like Demon Taylor. The hearing on the case of the werewolf was held on December 14, 1598. During the trial so horrendous details of crimes surfaced that it was decided to destroy all the materials on this case. Contemporaries have tried, so that even the real name of this monster could be removed from history. For his crimes, the werewolf Demon Taylor was burned alive at the stake. It was said that he lured boys and girls into his shop, raped, and then cut his throat. Then the maniac dismembered the bodies into small pieces and cooked human meat. After the night came, Taylor turned into a furious wolf, ran through the forest and attacked lonely travelers. In the basement, the werewolf found several barrels with human bones and many other horrible evidence of his crimes. They say that the werewolf even refused to repent before he died. Claudia Gaiar from Burgundy.
Valiant witch hunter Henry Bohret claimed that he was able to identify and destroy several hundred witches and werewolves. One day an eyewitness said that he saw how Claudia Gayar in the bushes turned into a huge wolf without a tail. Boget immediately began to question the arrested person, including torture. Later, he recalled that the unfortunate did not drop a tear, no matter how hardened the executioners. A werewolf woman was determined to be burned at the stake. Michael Verdun, a werewolf from Poligny.
Somehow werewolves were pretty much in the Middle Ages. In 1521, inquisitors from the French Besançon dealt with Philibert Monto, Pierre Burgot and Michel Verdun. The priests demanded from the trinity to recognize themselves as werewolves who conspired with the devil himself. And they fell under suspicion after a strange incident – a wolf attacked nearby a traveler. But the man managed to fight back from the beast, wounding him. A trace of blood led the brave man to the cabin of a local resident, Michel Verdun. The traveler found him just at the moment when his wife was washing his wounds. This was immediately reported to the local authorities. Under torture, Verdun confessed that he was a werewolf. And it was only necessary for the inquisitors to conduct an interrogation more actively, as the arrested person gave out the names of two other “colleagues”. And they, too, with the help of torture confessed to all the sins in which they were accused by the church: in murders, cannibalism and worship of the devil. After such frank confessions, three werewolves immediately executed. Werewolf from Benandanti.
The history of this werewolf refers to 1692, and it occurred in Livonia. Today, Estonia and Latvia are located on this territory. Neighbors were surprised when the 80-year-old old man Tees broke his nose. What shocked him was that he told his acquaintances. Tis said that he was a werewolf. According to him, the nose was broken by the local sorcerer Skestan, although at that time he had already died. At the trial, Tees explained that the sorcerer, along with his colleagues, wanted to send damage to the entire crop, and then take it all to hell. To prevent this villainy, Tees was forced to turn into a wolf. Thanks to this transformation, the werewolf was able to go down to hell with other colleagues and save crops. To the amazed listeners the old man told that such battles of sorcerers and werewolves take place three times a year.If the werewolves zazevayutsya, and wizards have time to close the gate to hell, it will turn into a big disaster – the harvest will die, the cattle, stop hunting and fishing. During those battles werewolves took steel bars in their hands, and witches – broomsticks with horse tails. So Skistan and a werewolf broke his nose. This story a lot of confused judges, because werewolves have always been considered accomplices of the devil. When the old man was asked about the fate of souls like him, after death, then Tees confidently declared about falling into paradise. The werewolf even insisted that people similar to him be called only “God’s dogs”. Tis assured that only werewolves could help humanity to survive on Earth, providing abundance. Without these magical creatures, people would simply starve to death. At the end of his speech, Tees stated that such communities of “right” werewolves are also present in Germany and in Russia. To help the people entrusted to them, they descend into Hell and there they fight with their sorcerers. The old man told his story very confidently and did not get confused in the testimony. But the werewolf refused to meet with the local priest, saying that he was himself a holy father. Tees stated that he was far from being the first and not the last, and after him the holy war would still continue. The court long thought what to do with this werewolf. Do not reward him, in fact! In the end, after long meetings, it was decided to sentence Tisza to ten lashes for superstition and idolatry.
In the autumn of 1603, the Landa region in south-west France was engulfed in panic. In one of the villages little children began to disappear, and in the most magical way. Once the sleeping baby disappeared right from the cradle when the mother left for just a few minutes. Someone said that wolves were at fault, while others whispered interference of evil forces. His peak reached horror when the 13-year-old Margarita Poirier came running home. She was all wounded and swore that she was attacked by some creepy monster. The girl grazed a cow, when suddenly a beast with red hair emerged from the forest. Margarita said that it was like a huge dog, which clung to her dress with her sharp teeth. It’s good that the girl in her hands was a sturdy stick with a sharp metal tip. She bravely fought against the monster and managed to drive him away. And after a while the 14-year-old boy Jean Grenier, the son of a day laborer, boasted that he had turned into a wolf and attacked the girl. And only a stick saved her from death, which already overtook several other children.