Suggestion no doubt plays a large part in producing a belief in the power to change form at will, and the occult aspect of transformation is perhaps more interesting than any other view of the subject. Incantations, salves, herbs, drugs, perfumes, and other accessories of ritual are merely employed to strengthen concentrative force and to … Read more


Becoming a werewolf simply by being bitten by another werewolf as a form of contagion is common in modern fiction, but rare in legend, in which werewolf attacks seldom left the victim alive to transform. Modern authors were probably inspired by the kiss of the vampire to add this form of transmission of lycanthropy. The … Read more

Wolf Strap

According to German and Polish folklore, any person could transform himself into a werewolf by using a so-called wolf strap or magic belt. Whoever fastened such a strap around himself would turn into a wolf. A wolf strap was a gift from the devil. A person who possessed such a strap could not get rid … Read more

Lycanthropous flowers

In the Balkanic Peninsula grows a flower that, people say, if eaten, transforms the eater into a werewolf. Lycanthropous flowers possess properties peculiar to themselves which are only discernible to those who are well acquainted with them. Their scent is described as faint and subtly suggestive of death, whilst their sap is rather offensively white … Read more