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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February is Wolf/Werewolf Appreciation Month on my Blog

 First off. Good news. I was  invited by the Romance Writers of America to do a European Wolf Lore workshop for the July, 2014 Convention.

This is great news because I love sharing my passion and knowledge about both wolves and the hominid variety known as werewolves or lycans.

Naturally I will share my experience volunteering at a wolf sanctuary and literally running with wolves. You can't have werewolves without wolves. Werewolves are fictional creatures but it's so much fun to incorporate
wolfish behavior to our supernatural heroes, or as in the horror genre, monsters.

   Why is the wolf so ubiquitous in myth, literature, and film?

1.       Prehistoric Relationship of Man and Wolf—Powerful respect and reverence prevailed at the birth of the relationship of humans and wolves.

2.       We admired their hunting skills and social pack behavior, signs of intelligence.

3.       They are our teacher and companion in the wilderness. Today our dog is our ‘wolfish’ companion.

 Don't let my standard poodle fool you, he is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

4.       The wolf is universally regarded as creatures of prophesy and omens, and have connections between the worlds of the living and the dead. The wolf is affiliated worldwide with magic, medicine, healing and transformation.

5.        In Native American culture the wolf is an important archetype. They had great respect for the wolf and often offered prayers before a hunt to the wolf spirit. Wolf spirit was also powerful medicine for shamans who traveled to the world of the dead. 

6.       In Europe just as in the New World, myths and stories about wolves are universal. Early Europeans Respected the Wolf as Protector and Teacher. From the Steppes of Asia Minor to the British Isles the Wolf was mighty totemic protector. Hecate, an Ancient Greek deity was worshipped as a goddess with three wolf heads. Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus who were fed by the she-wolf, Alcala/Lupa.

7.       Ancient Celts respected the wolf as a totem and often as a spirit guide. In Ireland, King Cormac was nursed by a she-wolf. In the Viking world to be a member of the Wolf Clan, Ulfhednar was the greatest honour. Viking warriors believed that if they died a heroic death they would be turned into magnificent wolves. Vikings also believed wolves chasing and devouring the sun and moon caused eclipses. Two wolves accompanied Odin, ruler of the Norse Gods. He created the wolves Freki (Hungry One) and Geri (Greedy One) as loyal companions. 

8.       Although still feared and hated (still hunted), today the wolf is once again a positive force in literature and as an important part of the predator/prey relationship that keeps nature in balance. 

 Feel free to comment about your favorite wolf myth. Just give a howl if you have any questions.


amber polo said...

Great post ad out wolves and love the photo of your dog.

Eva Gordon said...

Thank you Amber. He is a handsome boy. :)