Famous Werewolves

Little Red Riding Hood: The early variations of the Little Red Riding Hood are different from the currently well known version in several ways. The antagonist is not always a wolf, for one. Sometimes it is an ogre or a 'bzou' (werewolf). These versions of the tale makes them relevant to the werewolf-trials (similar to witch trials) of the time. The wolf will usually leave the grandmother's blood and meat for the girl to eat. Then, unknowingly, 'little red' ends up eating her own grandmother. Also, once she is in bed with the wolf she ends up seeing through his disguise and tries to escape, complaining to her 'grandmother' that she needs to defecate and that she would not wish to do so in the bed. The wolf reluctantly lets her go, tied to a piece of string so will not get away. However, the girl slips the string over something else and does manage to get away.

Lycaon: In Greek mythology Lycaon was the son of Pelasgus and Meliboea, father of Oenotrus, and the (mythical) first king of Arcadia. He was the father of Callisto and, according to some, he raised her son Arcas. He and his fifty impious sons entertained Zeus and set before him a dish of human flesh; the god pushed away the dish in disgust and either killed the king and his sons by lightning or turned them into wolves (Apollodorus iii. 8 ; Ovid, Metamorphoses i. 198). Some say that Lycaon slew and dished up his own son Nyctimus.

She-Wolf: "The She-Wolf was another aspect of the Triple Goddess, as shown by her triadic motherhood. She gave three souls to her son, the legendary King Erulus or Herulus, so that when Evander overthrew him, he had to be killed three times. The Amazons, who worshiped the Triple Goddess, incorporated a tribe called the Neuri, who 'turned themselves into wolves' for a few days each year during their main religious festival, presumably by wearing wolf skins and masks. The same story was told of a certain Irish tribe in Ossory, who became wolf-people when attending their yuletide feast, devouring the flesh of cattle as wolves, and afterward regaining their human shape." (floria-publications.com). According the founding myth (think national myth) a set of infant twins, Romulus and Remus, were cast into the River Tiber by their grandfather Numitor's brother Amulius, who had overthrown Numitor. The twins were rescued by a she-wolf who cared for them until a herdsman, Faustulus, found and raised them.

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