Werewolf? Wehr-wolf? Werwolf?
Taking, then, the actual existence of werwolves to be an established fact, it is, of course, just as impossible to state their origin as it is to state the origin of any other extraordinary form of creation. Every religious creed, every Occult sect, advances its own respective viewsâ€”and has a perfect right to do so, as long as it advances them as views and not dogmatisms.
I, for my part, bearing in mind that everything appertaining to the creation of man and the universe is a profound mystery, cannot see the object on the part of religionists and scientists in being arbitrary with regard to a subject which any child of ten will apprehend to be one whereon it is futile to do other than theorize. My own theory, or rather one of my own theories, is that the property of transmutation, i.e., the power of assuming any animal guise, was one of the many propertiesâ€”including second sight, the property of becoming invisible at will, of divining the presence of water, metals, the advent of death, and of projecting the etherical bodyâ€”which were bestowed on man at the time of his creation; and that although mankind in general is no longer possessed of them, a few of these properties are still, in a lesser degree, to be found among those of us who are termed psychic.
From Werwolves by Elliott O’Donnell (1912).
Barbara Tozier also produced the fictional Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf by George W. M. Reynolds.
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