Understanding Shapeshifters

Slavic mythology speaks of many different creatures, many of which have not only been misunderstood, but also misrepresented. Close your eyes and image a werewolf. Did you imagine a creature that is something between a man and a wolf? If so, you are the victim of propaganda that is spread to the masses through various media channels. Well, in fact, how could’ve movie makers, writers of fantasy books and illustrators know what a true shapeshifter looks like?

Our Ancestors, however, approached the matter simpler and wittier. And because of that, we have an authentic image of werewolves. Here is a pattern in Tverian tradition called “werewolves” – simple and elegant: a wolf turned to his tail (which, by the way, a real wolf cannot physically do), it is a man that became a wolf. This also adds credibility to mentions of that towels with werewolves guarded the doors of stables, and in such towels babies were wrapped before christening.

Interestingly, the same image of turning wolves are present on ancient Slavic bracelets, which adds to the credibility of the interpretation of such bracelets by Rybakov as “ritual-ware” of Slavic pagans. In addition, the same images were also on churches (not christian).

Written by: Dmitriy Kushnir

Information taken from the internet


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