25 Outrageous Werewolves Facts You Probably Never Knew

Werewolves have been part of legends and storytelling for centuries. These giant mythological beasts’ craving for raw flesh are one of the most striking features of this popular horror character. But where did this concept of the supernatural wolf-like creature come from? How could you become a werewolf? And what methods were used to remove the werewolvery? To find out, check out these 25 werewolves facts.

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The word “werewolf” derives from Old English compound “were” (meaning “man”) and “wulf” (meaning “wolf”).

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Werewolves are sometimes also called “Lycanthropes”. This term comes from Ancient Greek words “Lukos” (meaning “wolf”) and “Anthropos” (meaning “human”). The origin of the Lycanthrope idea dates as far back as to the 5th century BC when a renowned Greek historian Herodotus mentioned a tribe from Scythia that transformed into wolves once every year for several days, and then changed back to their human shape.

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In the 2nd century famous Greek surgeon and physician Galen of Pergamon described a health condition as “clinical lycanthropy”. It was a psychiatric syndrome when a patient thought he could transform into an animal.

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In fact, there is an actual medical condition referring to werewolves. Hypertrichosis, also known as the “Werewolf Syndrome” is a condition that causes an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body.

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The idea of werewolves became most widespread in Europe with almost every European country having its own version of this folklore mythological monster.

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