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Mythology Moment Educational Pamphlet

Learn about the mythology and folklore of this classic monster with our resident community history expert, Oliver! If the weather is nice, we might sit outside, so bring a blanket if you can.

There are some expected and specific characteristics of a werewolf:

1) A werewolf experiences changes which reflect canine traits. These changes are both physical (e.g. changes in hair pattern, dental structure, or entire physical form) and behavioral (e.g. canine behavior mimicry, adverse reactions to particular metals). Canine mimicry, in particular, is a key sign of a werewolf.
2) These changes are almost exclusively triggered by a natural and cyclical stimulus: the presence of a full moon.
3) Because of these changes, a werewolf tends to also have a behavioral response (affinity or adverse reaction) to the moon while not transformed.

Remember, if you can't identify these traits of your monster, they might not be a werewolf.

Submitted by Oliver W.

Originally published for library circulation 10-25-2019

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