Wiki Wormhole: Beware the full moon—Wikipedia’s got werewolves!
With more than 4.8 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or re-living the fart battle of Japanese lore. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 4,852,339-week series, Wiki Wormhole.
This week’s entry: Werewolf
What it’s about: The idea of people transforming into wolves is an old one, probably beginning with Germanic people in the Iron Age, who used the transformation as a metaphor for a man becoming a warrior. Medieval Christianity was fond of incorporating or reinterpreting earlier myths, and gave the previously positive wolf-man a demonic association. Despite this, the myth spread across Europe, but belief in werewolves didn’t become widespread until the 16th century, when the modern werewolf mythology took shape.
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