Werewolves, Bird-Women, Tiger-Men and Other Human Animals

The notion that people can transform themselves into animals and that animals can become humans is an ancient concept, as old as life itself This study consists of incredible and terrifying tales of deliberate and accidental metamorphoses throughout history Written by a distinguished scholar, it singles out the most interesting and informative stories from a field of manThe notion that people can transform themselves into animals and that animals can become humans is an ancient concept, as old as life itself This study consists of incredible and terrifying tales of deliberate and accidental metamorphoses throughout history Written by a distinguished scholar, it singles out the most interesting and informative stories from a field of many thousands, offering a comprehensive view that embraces both folklore and occultism.This fascinating array of human animals includes accounts of men and women transformed into lions, tigers, serpents, seals, and werewolves, along with tales of witches and familiars, fairies, monsters, scapegoats, and animal ghosts Author Frank Hamel explores the roots of transformation, surveying such causal factors as contact with a wer animal, wearing an animal skin or a specific garment, applying an ointment, and many other expedients Hamel s gripping tales are intensely readable, the product of extensive research, sound judgment, and a flair for storytelling Readers will find this book a wide ranging resource on an arcane subject, offering a compelling melange of strange and disturbing beliefs that appeal to both scholars and romantics.
Werewolves Bird Women Tiger Men and Other Human Animals The notion that people can transform themselves into animals and that animals can become humans is an ancient concept as old as life itself This study consists of incredible and terrifying tales of d

  • Title: Werewolves, Bird-Women, Tiger-Men and Other Human Animals
  • Author: Frank Hamel
  • ISBN: 9780486460543
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Werewolves, Bird-Women, Tiger-Men and Other Human Animals”

    1. Ok, I cannot fully recommend this book, but I can recommend it in general.The author really has a lot of information about the human-animal relation in mythology and folklore in his book ranging from big bears to little mice. Not everything was unknown to me but the majority was. That the book has so much information is at the same time a merit and a flaw because it can become tiresome to read after a while and many are only mentioned and not addressed in detail albeit the author managed to avoi [...]

    2. When a hard-working person of somewhat scholastic bent decides to compile folklore and myths, you can expect either of two things to come out of the book or process:1. a search is on to find the true source of such stories, so that, by following the smoke the fire can be traced;2. an attempt would be made to understand the truth behind the stories, and the end-results that said stories sought for, while being recounted orally or in writing.Regrettably, the book turned out to have neither. The au [...]

    3. A really lovely little collection of stories about shapeshifting and the general cross-section between animals and humans in folklore, mythology and history.I really enjoyed reading this, although anyone who wants to give it a go should take note of the fact that it was written in the early twentieth century and so words like 'primitive' and 'savage' abound.

    4. Written in 1915. Frank Hamel (who actually was a woman) collected and organized tales about the transformation of animals into humans and vice versa. She has gathered her material from all over the world and organized by animal categories rather than cultures. An interesting and useful book.

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