Werewolves are people that turn into wolves. Or they don't. Maybe they just wear a fancy wolf belt. Or maybe part of a wolf skin. Or maybe they just like to think they're a wolf. Or maybe they're just people that like killing. Werewolf stories are simple ones, but there's no simple answer as to why this thing happens. And it did. A lot. All throughout history there are stories of Werewolves, stretching back as far as Ancient Greece. As it turns out, humans being monstrous is as old as humanity itself.
The creature this time is the reason why you'll want to avoid the river if you see a ghostly woman crying out for her children. But if you're not already doing that, a podcast description won't save you.
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A lot of dismemberment and cannibalism. Like, any amount of dismemberment and cannibalism is too much, but literally any story of werewolfery is too violent for words.
I only recently got a chance to listen to this episode, and thought you might be interested to know that, in ancient Latvian culture, werewolves are not evil, cannibalistic creatures, but the “dogs of god.” Very old winter solstice and harvest traditions involve werewolves fighting off evil spirits, and protecting the harvest and flocks of the homestead. There were rituals for people to turn themselves into werewolves that did not involve anyone getting bitten. Alas, I have only read articles in Latvian about this, and can’t point you to any English-language resources , but just thought it was an interesting juxtaposition to the werewolf-as-monster image. Love the podcast! Someday I will catch up to the most recent episodes…
I am literally watching the Grimm episode with this creature of the week right now!
what song is the violin one thats plays around minute 14?