Friday, October 19, 2007

Noach and the Werewolf

No, this is not about some obscure midrash...

One of the arguments for the Biblical flood is the preponderance of flood myths across the world. However, there are many other notions going back to our murky past that are also almost universal. For example, vampires and werewolves. So, applying this logic, perhaps we need to start believing in them as well?

Many European countries and cultures influnced by them have stories of werewolves, including Albania (oik), France (loup-garou), Greece (lycanthropos), Spain, Mexico (hombre lobo), Bulgaria (valkolak), Turkey (kurtadam), Czech Republic/Slovakia (vlkodlak), Serbia/Montenegro/Bosnia (vukodlak, вукодлак), Russia (vourdalak, оборотень), Ukraine (vovkulak(a), vurdalak(a), vovkun, перевертень), Croatia (vukodlak), Poland (wilkołak), Romania (vârcolac, priculici), Macedonia (vrkolak), Scotland (werewolf, wulver), England (werewolf), Ireland (faoladh or conriocht), Germany (Werwolf), the Netherlands (weerwolf), Denmark/Sweden/Norway (Varulv), Norway/Iceland (kveld-ulf, varúlfur), Galicia (lobisón), Portugal/Brazil (lobisomem), Lithuania (vilkolakis and vilkatlakis), Latvia (vilkatis and vilkacis), Andorra (home llop), Hungary (Vérfarkas and Farkasember), Estonia (libahunt), Finland (ihmissusi and vironsusi), and Italy (lupo mannaro).

(from here)


Blogger Miri said...

Is this about that gemara about people sleeping in graveyards and wandering around by themselves at night?

October 20, 2007 5:08 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

No, it's trying to poke holes in the argument that since many cultures have global flood myths, the Noach story has to be true.

October 22, 2007 7:16 AM  

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