They were created to trigger our most primitive fears — by depicting half-human, half-animal monsters that hunted the living.
But these horrific creatures differed in one crucial way from the warped humanoid beasts that fill the high school corridors of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or the werewolves and blood-sucking monsters that populate horror books. These creatures were painted by Stone Age peoples more than 10,000 years ago and represent some of the world’s oldest art.
The surprising discovery that werewolves are as old as humanity is the handiwork of researchers who have carried out a major analysis of the world’s ancient rock art sites in Europe, Africa and Australia.
“We looked at art that goes back to the dawn of humanity and found it had one common feature: animal-human hybrids,” said Dr. Christopher Chippindale, of the museum of archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge University in England.
“Werewolves and vampires are as old as art, in other words,” he said. “These composite beings, from a world between humans and animals, are a common theme from the beginning of painting.”
Why do we have such a fascination for werewolves and other monsters? Is it because it helps us express our deepest fears? All those years ago you can understand why they were thought to be real and feared, it helped them explain so many things they didn’t understand. But now all these years later we still need and want them around, some hope they really do exist.
What about you? Would you like to see some wild beasties running around come the next full moon?
𝑾𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒘𝒐𝒍𝒗𝒆𝒔… The idea of a being, half wolf, half man, and possessing also many demoniacal attributes, is a very curious piece of old-world superstition still to be found in very many European countries , and strengthened, no doubt, by the discovery, at times, of children who have been carried off and cared for by wolves who preferred the role of foster-mother to that of devourer —an occurrence of which there are frequent proofs on record. The wild and howling night winds, the Maruts that gave name to our too familiar nightmare, may have given the first notion of demon wolves to the trembling listener as they passed shrieking by his solitary tent or hut. As the transition of thought by which the spirit-wolf and the human form became amalgamated is easily imagined. There appears to be plenty of evidence that, at different times, a form of madness has broken out by which individuals have fancied themselves to be turned into wolves. Burton, in his ” Anatomy of Melancholy,” desoribes this disease, which he calls Lycanthropia, as ” when men run howling about graves and fields in the night, and will not be dissuaded ,that they are not wolves or some such beasts.” -Manchester Courier, October 20, 1883
How long does it take you, when you enter the woods, till you feel like you’re a part of it? Till your senses have synced to what’s all around you and you notice everything? The sound of the birds singing, the click of an opossum call, the wind moving every leaf around you and branches snapping all around…”
We think, “god I need to go to the woods and chill, I need some nature!”
But you don’t have to go to nature, you ARE nature. You’re a living creature on the planet earth, we started here, in the forest, we’ll most likely end there as well. One of the worst thing we did as a species was to separate ourselves from nature. Have we ever felt wild and free like a wolf since then?
We’ve lost or howl my friends and we need to get it back….🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺