Saturday, July 27, 2013

Dehumanized Preformatted Post #7 (Guest Post #6)

Ryan Zachery lived his life the way all high school teenagers should -
Until he was attacked by an unknown assailer and awoke in the hospital with lycanthropy. Taken by armed guards and dragged away from everything he held dear, Ryan was thrown into a US camp made for those 'suffering' from lycanthropy.

They caged the beast, but now he will show them that he will never be dehumanized.

Everyone knows about werewolves. Even if you don’t like them, you know of them. In today’s literature Lycanthropy is a very favored subject, so it’s hard to not have at least a basic knowledge of the creatures. But even with this, there are a lot of myths and legends about werewolves not everyone knows about. I pride myself on knowing a lot more than the average person about werewolf lore, so I decided I’d share some things not everyone may know about werewolves.

The first thing I’d like to share is the Lobizon. The Lobizon is a special type of werewolf that is born and not made. The Lobizon is the seventh son in a family of no daughters, born a werewolf and transforming only during the full moon, like most types. The belief originated in Spain, and back in the day the belief was so strong that when a seventh son was born the infant was usually abandoned or killed days after birth. In the early 1920s, the Argentinean president would grant the seventh son a full scholarship until the time of their 21st birthday and make sure they were baptized, often under the name Benito (meaning Blessed) to counter this horrible tradition.

The second thing I’d like to share is the story of Peter Stubbe. He lived in Germany in the 1500s, and was one of the most ferocious murderers of the time. The legend goes that Peter summoned the Devil and made a deal. The Devil promised to let Peter have whatever his heart desired, and instead of getting wealth or women, Peter asked for the ability to turn into a beast to aid his skills as a killer and to remain anonymous during his kills. The Devil gave him a wolf pelt, and whenever Peter put it on he would transform into a giant wolf with large claws and fangs. Placing the pelt on, Peter stalked every one who had ever done him wrong and tore them limb from limb. He would then chase down all the women he found attractive and rape and murder them. A few years after his killing spree began he fathered two children, a boy and girl. When they got older he killed the son and married the daughter, his wicked ways knowing no boundaries. It wouldn’t be until after twenty-five years of murdering that he’d finally be caught after failing to attack a group of frolicking children. In the following October he was publicly executed after admitting to his crimes, the pelt disappearing forever.They say the Devil took it back, but some believe that maybe someone found it and roamed the countryside as a wolf, creating the werewolf legend.

The last one I will share will be a short one, and probably the most widely known. Lycanthropy is an actual psychological disorder. Sufferers sincerely believe that they are werewolves, transforming when the moon is full or when their emotions get out of control. There was a case where a woman would stare into the mirror and see a wolf’s head in place of her own. The only way to help these people is through years of therapy, and the cause of this condition is not exactly known, but believed to be through trauma.

These are just a few facts I personally find interesting about werewolves and the werewolf lore. It dates back hundreds of years, a different version for each century. There are so many ways to interpret the legend of the wolfman, and I love reading and learning about each variation.

I hope you enjoyed these facts and will find it in yourself to learn more as well!
Michael Loring was born in Bristol, Connecticut, but has lived in a variety of places such as Florida and Tennessee. He likes to think of himself as an amateur Lycanthropologist, studying werewolves ever since he was eight years old when he first saw An American Werewolf In London. He spent most of his life switching between home school and public school, always focusing on his passion of writing no matter what. His interest in writing was sparked in the second grade when his teacher encouraged him to write short stories for the class, earning him more than one award at school assemblies for Creative Writing. He currently resides back in his birthplace of Connecticut with a house full of women who like to drive him up the wall until he finishes his chores. Though they seem to avoid him during the night of the full moon for some unexplainable reason...

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