SOURCE: National Geographic
In centuries where Europe was plagued by war, famine and plague, the supernatural became luridly appealing. Unlike more common trials for witchcraft, werewolf prosecutions remain more of a historical mystery.
by Daniel Ogden
Movie werewolves come mostly from the pulp fiction of the early 1900s. But werewolf stories date back to the literature of the 12th century, which most likely drew from even older stories preserved in folklore since the times of ancient Greece and Rome.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Rabies’ horrifying symptoms inspired folktales of humans turned into werewolves, vampires and other monsters
by Jessica Wang
The author's new book, “Mad Dogs and Other New Yorkers: Rabies, Medicine, and Society in an American Metropolis, 1840-1920,” explores the hidden meanings behind the ways people talked about rabies.
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