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Monday, February 13, 2006

Valentine's Day and Lycanthropy

Good article on the origins of St. Valentine's Day and an odd connection with "wolf-men":

"Scholars generally agree that such a violent expression of eroticism celebrated the ancient behavior of primitive hunting tribes corraling captive women. Once a wolfman had ensnared a woman with his whip or thong, he would lead her away to be his wife or lover for as long as the "romance" lasted. Perhaps, as some scholars theorize, this yearly rite of lashing at women and lassoing them with leather thongs became a more acceptable substitute for the bloodlust of the Luperci's latent werewolfism that in days past had seen them tearing the flesh of innocent victims with their teeth."

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, you have just given me a new fantasy.--Suki

11:01 AM  

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