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HISTORY
from 1520 to 1630 there were over 30,000 werewolf trials in France alone.  Most of the people who were tried as being werewolves were poor, and came from lowlands with elevations less than 500 feet above sea level.  A recent theory is that many of the werewolf accusations were a result of a fungus found in their rye crop.   Rye bread was a staple for the poorer people of France, and after cold winters the rye developed the Ergot fungus.  Unbeknownst to them, the fungus was a strong hallucinogenic.  This theory contests that the werewolf hysteria was a result of mass hallucination since most of the accusers and the accused were poor.  The wealthy staple was the more expensive wheat, which was immune to the Ergot fungus.  This explains why the wealthy were immune from the werewolf hysteria.

 

American Indians: limikkin or skin walkers.

Argentina: lobisón

Brazil: lobisomem. , also boto, a dolphin that transforms into a boy, and a uirapuru, a little brown bird that transforms into a boy.

Bulgaria: vrkolak

Canada: wendigo or witiko

Chili: chonchon, a witch that transforms into a vulture.

China: Lang Ren

Ethiopia, Morocco and Tanzania: boudas, a werehyena

Finland: ihmissusi

France: loup-garou, bisclavret

Greece: vrykolaka, a word for werewolf which is used for vampires and sorcerers also.

Haiti: loup-garou that can change into anything, both plant and animal.

Iceland: hamrammr, a shifter who changes into what it has last eaten, and gains power by eating more.

India: rakshasa, a shifter who can change into any animal it wants.

Indonesia: layak, a spirit that shift into anything

Italy: lupo manero or benandanti for people who permanently become wolves and fight witches in the underworld.

Japan: kitsune, a werefox, also the tanuki or minjina, a wereraccoon, dog or badger. In general shapeshifters are called henge.

Kenya: ilimu

Latvia: vilkacis

Lithuania: vilkatas

Mexico: nahaul, a were wolf, cat, eagle or bull.

Normandy, France: lubins or lupins

Norway and Sweden: eigi einhamir

Philippines: aswang, a vampire / werewolf.

Portugal: bruxsa or cucubuth , a vampire / werewolf, the lobh omen and lobis-homems

Russia: wawkalak or bodark.

Scandinavia: varulv, ulv, ulfen

Serbia: vukodlak

Slovakia: vulkodlak

South America: kanima, a jaguar-shaped spirit

Spain: hombre lobo, lupino

United States: many, an oddity being the wererat who is said to be common around the Pennsylvania area.

The Beast of Le Gevaduan

In 1764 an area of France was experiencing a rash of murders among sheep herders who worked in the desolate mountain pastures. Rumors began to surface about the "loup-garou". Witnesses claimed to have seen a creature with short red fur and a pig-like snout. The king of France sent soldiers to the area to kill the creature. Once there, the soldiers encountered and shot the beast. The wounded beast retreated into the heavy brush, and for a few months the killings stopped. Later that year the killings started again. A hunting party was formed to try to rid the area of this terror. One of the hunters, Jean Chastel, loaded his gun with silver bullets. He caught sight of the beast and shot it twice. The party then took the dead beast down to the town for display. It was buried in the town and Jean's gun is still on display in a local church.

 The Gandillions

In the sixteenth century, there was a case of a whole family being accused of lycanthropy. The strange habits of the Gandillion Family were brought into the public eye after sister Pernette attacked two small children, killing one. Soon after, she was killed by an angry mob for her crime. A day later, her brother Pierre and her son Georges were both accused of witchcraft. They both admitted to being werewolves, transforming by using a magic salve. They were imprisoned, and were said to have acted like maniacs, their bodies covered with wounds and scratches, which suggested attacks by dogs and others during their late night excursions. Their inability to transform while in prison was rationalized by their inability to obtain the salve. Both Pierre and Georges, along with another sister named Antoinette were executed.

Gilles Garnier

In the sixteenth century town of Dole, a proclamation was publicly read in the town square. It's contents gave permission for the people to track down and kill the werewolf, that had been terrorizing the village.

While walking through the forest, a group of peasants heard the screams of a small child accompanied by the howling of a wolf. When they arrived they saw a wounded child fighting off a monstrous creature whom they later identified as Gilles Garner. When a ten year old boy disappeared in the vicinity of Garrier's home, he was arrested and confessed to being a werewolf. He was then burned at the stake.