• Are there werewolves?

    Andrey Semykin
    Andrey Semykin
    July 10, 2012
    Are there werewolves?

    Virtually every nation has a legend about werewolves, i.e. people able to voluntarily or involuntarily turn into animals, usually in wolves. Are werewolves real? No one will give you a 100% answer. At least in the Middle Ages nobody really doubted their existence. The werewolves were then quite regularly exposed, caught and burned. As well as witches with witches, however.

    There is a mass of judicial documents of those times with the confessions of the accused, the testimony of witnesses who saw the process of transformation itself or were faced with a werewolf in the appearance of a wolf. Can I trust them - not sure. The use of torture in judicial inquiries of that time could have forced the accused to confess to anything. And even in the fact that he turned around a wolf and gnawed the neighbour's sheep.

    Yet history knows cases where confessions by the accused were not exactly caused by torture. So, at the end of the XVI century in France was detained by a certain Jacques Roulet, a beggar who was found near the corpse of a torn boy.Jacques Roulet immediately admitted that he is a werewolf, and the child was bitten, being in the guise of a wolf. The werewolves were quickly burned, then no one conducted a psychiatric examination, and now we cannot say whether this person was in his right mind at that moment. France in general was the champion in the number of werewolves - perhaps the fact is that in this country the wolves living in the forests annoyed people the most.

    Science, however, is able to give one explanation for the abundance of werewolf stories - a disease. The first disease, clinical lycanthropy, is recognized by psychiatrists as a completely reliable fact. In this mental illness, the patient sincerely considers himself an animal and behaves accordingly. The second is porphyria, a hereditary disease leading to changes in the skin, as a result of which a person's appearance changes so much that he can pass for an animal. By the way, in porphyria, the patient suffers from severe suffering from sunlight, so this disease is partly able to explain the legends of vampires.


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