By GARY MORGAN
On a recent stay in Austrailia I heard many a tale told of strange creatures and those of the bigfoot creature the sachquatch-ic Yowie, and the most feared of all down under creatures, The Tiger or Tasmaninan Wolf Man Beast.
Wolf Man Beast or Beast Man is the name given to a type of Werewolf that is more then just strange. Many of the locals in the out back will tell you that the Man Beast is proof to them that Tasmaninain Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf still exisit.
Strange tales over the years on full moon nights of naked men seen at night on lonely roads. Many often tell how these strange men when you try to help them give you a look that is one of fear that only a wilde animal would give, as they run howling into the black desert night.
As they the Tasmanian Wolf who live and change under the full moon into men, not vica versa men into wolves. Could be best evidence yet of the existence of the Tasmanian Tiger many in these parts will tell you. That these wolves turns themselves into men. Just as there are those that do turn from man to Tasmaninan Tiger or wolf.
In todays A ustralia a real werwolf is more of a tranference of beast to man in a understannding that these innocnets to our world are just paranomal adaptions to try and fight their own extintion. At least that was the ideas presented to me by my new friend Joe John Harmon.
Many stories of these strange were creatures and their moon lite habits are out their if you listen. I basically as many of you undertand what a were creature is. That by the light of a full moon a man assumes the shape and powers of a night man wolf beast. Joe John as he likes to be called, explains to me that these creatures are merely trying to adjust to a world of spiritual evolution and transformation.
To understand werewolves in the clinical sense we should understand tings from all view points. That men who turn into these creatures or those affected individuals report a delusional belief that they have transformed, or are in the process of transforming into another animal. It has been linked with the altered states of mind that accompany psychosis (the reality-bending mental state that typically involves delusions and hallucinations) with the transformation only seeming to happen in the mind and behavior of the affected person.
A study on lycanthropy from the McLean Hospital reported on a series of cases and proposed some diagnostic criteria by which lycanthropy could be recognised:
* A patient reports in a moment of lucidity or looking back he sometimes feels as an animal or has felt like one.
* A patient behaves in a manner that resembles animal behavior, for example crying, grumbling, or creeping.
According to these criteria, either a delusional belief in current or past transformation, or behaviour that suggests a person thinks of themselves as transformed, is considered evidence of clinical lycanthropy. The authors go on to note that although the condition seems to be an expression of psychosis there is no specific diagnosis of mental or neurological illness associated with its behavioural consequences.
THE MAN WOLF OF AUSTRALIA
The transformation is always from wolf to man the locals in the town of Adelade will tell you. And also many who live in the smaller communitys will tell you that the Tasmanian tiger is alive and well and can become a man in the full moon light.
Southern Victoria is said to be where a flap of strange sightings of the extinct Thylacine is most common. And so or the talk of the prowling man beast that haunt the lonely roads.
South Australia is a state of Australia in the southern central part of the country. It covers some of the most arid parts of the continent; with a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi), it is the fourth largest of Australia's six states and two territories.
It is bordered to the west by Western Australia, to the north by the Northern Territory to the north-east by Queensland, to the east by New South Wales and Victoria, and along the south by the Great Australian Bight and the Southern Ocean. With nearly 1.6 million people, the state comprises less than 10% of the Australian population and ranks fifth in population among the states and territories. The majority of its people reside in the state capital, Adelaide, with most of the remainder settled in fertile areas along the south-eastern coast and River Murray. The state's origins were unique in Australia as a freely-settled, planned British province rather than a convict settlement. Official settlement began on 28 December 1836, when the state was proclaimed at The Old Gum Tree by Governor John Hindmarsh.
Many tales of wolf beasts may have come over those that immigrated here from Europe. Or the similar way to that of a wolfs attack that the actual Thylacine kills it's prey.
The first city/town to be established was Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, established in 1836. The guiding principle behind settlement was that of systematic colonisation, a theory espoused by Edward Gibbon Wakefield that was later employed by the New Zealand Company. The aim was to establish the province as a centre of civilisation for free immigrants, promising civil liberties and religious tolerance. Although its history is marked by economic hardship, South Australia has remained politically innovative and culturally vibrant. Today, the state is known as a state of festivals and of fine wine. The state's economy centres on the agricultural, manufacturing and mining industries and has an increasingly significant finance sector as well.
The man wolf of australia when encountered is thought to be more then just strange in appearance. Many describe them as rather tall thin beings with tanned skin. their eyes are of an orange light brown and they always seem more frightened of human contact.
Australian Werewolves in the Movies:
Many believe there were no stories of this mythical moon beast creature until the coming of the movie series The Howling.
Howling III: The Marsupials (1987)
Howling III: The Marsupials is only loosely related to Joe Dante’s 1981 werewolf pic Howling, focusing instead on a group of half-werewolf, half-kangaroo creatures all its own. While a nebbish professor of sociology looks for werewolves in Australia, a were-roo escapes her Aborigine-esque tribe and falls in love with a human working as a crew member for a film about werewolves. The Marsupials has a weird fascination with birth, tribalism, and mutations, and features several freakishly funny hybrid creatures like a trio of werewolf nuns and a Russian werewolf ballet dancer. Darwin would have been proud of this Australian film’s ability to adapt the Howling franchise's formula to such unusual conditions.
As many strange stories through out all our history lycanthrope's can also be a sort of serial killer or a Sadistic killer who gets pleasure from torturing individuals.
Wolf Creek is a 2005 Australian horror film written, co-produced and directed by Greg McLean. The story revolves around three backpackers who find themselves held captive by a serial killer in the Australian outback. The film stars Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt, and Nathan Phillips. It was released in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland on September 16, 2005, on November 3, 2005 in Australia (apart from the Northern Territory), and on December 25, 2005 in the United States. This film earned an R rating for strong realistic violence and foul language. While the film is loosely inspired by the Backpacker murders that took place in the 1990s, it was marketed as being "based on true events". It was nominated for seven AFI awards, including Best Director.
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Wolf Creek was marketed as being "based on true events", in the same way as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Blair Witch Project. All three films were in actuality works of fiction.
While not based on any single event, Mick Taylor's behaviour in Wolf Creek is reminiscent of some infamous Australian murderers. The murder methods portrayed are similar to those employed by notorious backpacker murderer Ivan Milat during the early 1990s. Milat abducted backpackers, subjected them to torture and buried their bodies in the Belanglo State Forest, southwest of Sydney, New South Wales. Some of his victims were tied up and shot from various angles (the first torture scene in Wolf Creek is similar to this) and one was almost decapitated with a hunting knife. In the movie, a sign indicates that the mining site the killer brings his victims to belongs to the "Navitalim Mining Company"; "Navitalim" is Ivan Milat's name transposed and reversed.
In addition, the abduction of British tourist Peter Falconio and the assault of his girlfriend Joanne Lees in July, 2001 by Bradley John Murdoch in the Northern Territory are also cited as influences. Murdoch's trial was still under way at the time of the film's initial release in Australia, and for this reason the Northern Territory court placed an injunction on the film's release there in the belief that it could influence the outcome of the proceedings.
Wolf Creek is set in a real location; however, the actual meteorite crater location is called "Wolfe Creek", and is located in northern Western Australia. It is the second largest meteorite crater in the world from which meteorite fragments have been recovered. The movie was almost entirely filmed in South Australia; however the aerial shots of the crater in the movie show the genuine Wolfe Creek crater.
Australian Shape Shifters or Skin Walkers
Many cultures bring tales of Werewolves and shape shifters with them. Also many serial killers are associated or thought to be Lycanthrope in nature.
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It also seems that lycanthropy is not specific to an experience of human-to-wolf transformation; a wide variety of creatures have been reported as part of the shape-shifting experience. A review of the medical literature from early 2004 lists over thirty published cases of lycanthropy, only the minority of which have wolf or dog themes. Canines are certainly not uncommon, although the experience of being transformed into hyenas, cats, horses, birds and tigers has been reported on more than one occasion. Transformation into frogs, and even bees, has been reported in some instances. A 1989 case study described how one individual reported a serial transformation, experiencing a change from human, to dog, to horse, and then finally cat, before returning to the reality of human existence after treatment. There are also reports of people who experienced transformation into an animal only listed as 'unspecified'.
Many of the Japanese who live in Australia will often tell you of the Kitsunetsuki. Which they also relate to the tales of the Thylacine spirits taking over human beings.
Kitsunetsuki (狐憑き or 狐付き; also written kitsune-tsuki) literally means the state of being possessed by a fox. The victim is always a young woman, whom the fox enters beneath her fingernails or through her breasts. In some cases, the victims' facial expressions are said to change in such a way that they resemble those of a fox. Japanese tradition holds that fox possession can cause illiterate victims to temporarily gain the ability to read. Though foxes in Folklore can possess a person of their own will, Kitsunetsuki is often attributed to the malign intents of a hereditary fox employers, or tsukimono-suji.
Folklorist Lafcadio Hearn describes the condition in the first volume of his Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan:
Strange is the madness of those into whom demon foxes enter. Sometimes they run naked shouting through the streets. Sometimes they lie down and froth at the mouth, and yelp as a fox yelps. And on some part of the body of the possessed a moving lump appears under the skin, which seems to have a life of its own. Prick it with a needle, and it glides instantly to another place. By no grasp can it be so tightly compressed by a strong hand that it will not slip from under the fingers. Possessed folk are also said to speak and write languages of which they were totally ignorant prior to possession. They eat only what foxes are believed to like — tofu, aburagé, azukimeshi, etc. — and they eat a great deal, alleging that not they, but the possessing foxes, are hungry.
He goes on to note that, once freed from the possession, the victim will never again be able to eat tofu, azukimeshi, or other foods favored by foxes.
Exorcism, often performed at an Inari shrine, may induce a fox to leave its host. In the past, when such gentle measures failed or a priest was not available, victims of kitsunetsuki were beaten or badly burned in hopes of forcing the fox to leave. Entire families were ostracized by their communities after a member of the family was thought to be possessed.
In Japan, kitsunetsuki was noted as a disease as early as the Heian period and remained a common diagnosis for mental illness until the early 20th century. Possession was the explanation for the abnormal behavior displayed by the afflicted individuals. In the late 19th century, Dr. Shunichi Shimamura noted that physical diseases that caused fever were often considered kitsunetsuki. The belief has lost favor, but stories of fox possession still appear in the tabloid press and popular media. One notable occasion involved allegations that members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult had been possessed.
In medicine, kitsunetsuki is an ethnic psychosis unique to Japanese culture. Those who suffer from the condition believe they are possessed by a fox. Symptoms include cravings for rice or sweet red beans, listlessness, restlessness, and aversion to eye contact. Kitsunetsuki is similar to but distinct from clinical lycanthropy.
But these Were- Men of Austraila are often tales told in the light of day. Many will talk of the Men beast but not after the sun goes down and especially if there is a full moon out.
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The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings by Brad Steiger
With 250 entries, this filmography and resource is the encyclopedic guide to all things lycanthropic and a fascinating compendium of comparative mythology and folklore. Delving into the 15th century to uncover the origins of the werewolf legend, it is an eye-opening, blood-pounding tour through the ages, landing on the doorstep of creatures like hirsute mass-murderer Charles Manson and canine-directed Son of Sam. A helpful chronology of lycanthropic activities dates back 140,000 years, to the first mixing of human and lupine blood.
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From movies like An American Werewolf in London to the best-selling game, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, to folklore and case histories, The Werewolf Book is the encyclopedic guide to all things lycanthropic. In this spectacular first edition, Brad Steiger takes you back to the 15th century to uncover the origins of the werewolf legend. From there he leads you on an eye-opening world tour through the ages to the modern-day monstrous duality of creatures like cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
Does the wolf live within each of us? Learn how the legends of the werewolf can mirror the animal that exists in each and every one of us. Some have given in to these primal animal urges. Find out why. The answers lie within....
The Werewolf Book, the perfect companion to Visible Ink's best-selling Vampire Book, is the eagerly anticipated work resulting from Mr. Steiger's lifelong studies. It contains nearly 250 entries, a filmography, and a resource guide with web sites. More than 125 photographs (including 16 pages in color), ranging from folk art to movie stills, will have you hair standing on end. Shape-changing topics include:
* Classic werewolf movies
* Slaying the werewolf
* Children raised by wolves
* Serial killers
* Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde
* Lon Chaney, Jr.
* The Moon and Mars
* Eddie Munster and Wolfie
* Marquis de Sade
* Loup-garou and other creatures from around the world
* Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman
The Werewolf Book, Brad Steiger's homage to the beast within, provides a full moon of fact and fiction for the lycanthrophile in all of us.
About the Author
A regular on Art Bell's syndicated radio program and a veteran author of the paranormal and phenomena, Brad Steiger has more than 150 books to his credit, including his classic, Monsters Among Us. Growing up in a small farming town, Steiger saw movies whenever he could. His interst in werewolves was piqued as a boy when he saw Lon Chaney's very human portrayal of The Wolf Man, a good guy seized by evil forces beyond his control. He views werewolves as a metaphor for the vicious side that lurks within all of us--a force we must always guard against.
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Basic Ways to Become a Werewolf
There are two basic ways by which one might become a werewolf: voluntary and involuntary.
According to the ancient Greeks, any skilled sorcerer who so chose could become a werewolf. Throughout history, self-professed werewolves have mentioned a "magic girdle" or "magic belt," which they wear about their middles, or a "magic salve" which they apply liberally to their naked bodies. Others tell of inhaling or imbibing certain potions.
Magical texts advise those who wish to become a werewolf to disrobe, rub a magical ointment freely over their flesh, place a girdle made of human or wolf skin around their waist, then cover their entire body with the pelt of a wolf. To accelerate the process, they should drink beer mixed with blood and chant a particular magical formula.
Some werewolves claim to have achieved their shapeshifting ability by having drunk water from the paw print of a wolf. Once this had been accomplished, they ate the brains of a wolf and slept in its lair.
One ancient text prescribes a ritual for the magician who is eager to become a shapeshifter. He is told to wait until the night of a full moon, then enter the forest at midnight. Then, according to the instructions:
Draw two concentric circles on the ground, one six feet in diameter, the other 14 feet in diameter. Build a fire in the center of the inner circle and place a tripod over the flames. Suspend from the tripod an iron pot full of water. Bring the water to a full boil and throw into the pot a handful each of aloe, hemlock, poppy seed, and nightshade. As the ingredients are being stirred in the iron pot, call aloud to the spirits of the restless dead, the spirits of the foul darkness, the spirits of the hateful, and the spirits of werewolves and satyrs.
Once the summons for the various spirits of darkness have been shouted into the night, the person who aspires to become a werewolf should strip off all of his clothing and smear his body with the fat of a freshly killed animal that has been mixed with anise, camphor, and opium. The next step is to take the wolfskin that he has brought with him, wrap it around his middle like a loincloth, then kneel down at the boundaries of the large circle and remain in that position until the fire dies out. When this happens, the power that the disciple of darkness has summoned should make its presence known to him.
If the magician has done everything correctly, the dark force will announce its presence by loud shrieks and groans. Later, if the would-be werewolf has not been terrified and frightened away by the dark one's awful screams and groans, it will materialize in any one of a number forms, most likely that of a horrible half-human, half-beast monster. Once it has manifested in whatever form it desires, the dark one force will conduct its transaction with the magician and allow him henceforth to assume the shape of a wolf whenever he wears his wolfskin loincloth.
By far the most familiar involuntary manner in which one becomes a werewolf is to be bitten or scratched by such a creature. In the same category would be those men and women who are transformed into werewolves by being cursed for their sins or by being the victim of a sorcerer's incantations.
Another involuntary means of becoming a werewolf, according to some old traditions, is to be born on Christmas Eve. The very process of one's birth on that sacred night, according to certain ecclesiastical scholars, is an act of blasphemy since it detracts from the full attention that should be given to the nativity of Jesus. Thus, those born on that night are condemned to be werewolves unless they prove themselves to be pious beyond reproach in all thoughts, words, and deeds throughout their lifetime.
Sources: Eisler, Robert. Man into Wolf. London: Spring Books, n.d. Spence, Lewis. An Encyclopedia of Occultism. New Hyde Park, NY: University Books, 1960.
Copyright (c) 1999 Visible Ink Press
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