Werewolf

In all of my research through the years of my life. One of ever increasing knowledge, is European folklore from both an anthropological and historical level. Being able to loop a thread quickly through many eras and cause one to understand. One particular interest of mine is that of the werewolf. The European werewolf. This has nothing to do with universalist blanketing concepts of aspects such as south american jaguar men, african shape-shifters, japanese fox women, etc. This has to do with the actual subject of the true werewolf and sound steps of concepts and folklore surrounding them. Just as the term “african witchcraft”, or “native american shamanism” is a falsehood of concept and lore… The lore of the “werewolf”, a somewhat current term, stretches through Europe as long as there is research to find. With a strong germanic influence, and one might speak Balkan and Celtic influence, yet I believe both are from a pre-Germanic source. As people of somewhat shared identity lived upon these lands for tens of thousands of years, alongside wolves. Abrahamic influence and times changing the perception of what one (as in the threaded line) was, and its role within society. A change of form and yet not, as still that of a wolf in the eyes of Europe. One must search as many original werewolf trials as possible. As in the late medieval-early modern era many were tried and executed. Men, and woman were charged on accounts for werewolfery, often hand in hand with witchcraft. And yes, many of these accounts are based upon actual deserving charges, both good and bad. It was not simply a fictitious mass hysteria sweeping through Europe. It was a definition of truth often, yet equally one of falsehood, vindictive twisting of beliefs and judgements. Just as witchcraft. Yet also actions of atrocities, given a term. Remember though, most atrocities are just called religion, and without religion, it would be the same atrocities given a different title… I enjoy to write of folklore, in an academically sound, yet narrative way, while hopefully exposing new concepts. For folklore is to be a living breathing thing. So few can express it as such with sincerity. And yes the roots of the wolf are one to be taken very sincerely. What does stand out to me repeatedly, something that does not necessarily reach out to a specific group, yet perhaps sparks many, is the narrative of folklore, particularly European, as well as artistic representations of it. As these are our roots, and the greatest art is founded upon these concepts. Folklore is: religion, mythology, cultural perspectives, fireside entertainment, perceptions of real events, etc. The wolf cult in a lore sense is very old. Do these rennaissance concepts apply directly of it? Or simply a scapegoat of folklore applied upon something vastly different?… Such a grand narrative of ever changing perspectives and core roots is folklore rooted in reality. Something to be expressed in a grand narrative,of art lore and reality.