A werewolf is a living person who has the power to transform into a wolf. Once transformed, they have all of the wolf's characteristics. They were well known during the 1400s all the way to the 1600s in the Scandinavian countries. At that time people believed that werewolves obtained their powers from the devil. They started as a normal person like everyone else until they began to worship the Devil. The Devil gives the person the power to turn into a wolf and made promises, like keeping a herd of cattle safe in return for the worship. They believed that there were ways to keep werewolves away. Since werewolves worshiped the Devil, they feared God and people used the church for protection from them. These legends and stories are what we believe have arisen from porphyria. There are many different types of porphyria and each person's symptoms vary. Some types of porphyria (CEP, VP) causes excess hair growth on the body and face. These types of porphyria, we believe, might have been the cause to the werewolf legends. Another name for a werewolf was lycanthrope. The term lycanthrope can also be used to describe people who have a mental disorder, believing themselves to be werewolves. This name came from a gruesome Greek king named Lycaon. If you want to hear the story read the legend.
PORPHYRIA SUFFERERS ARE NOT WEREWOLVES!!!
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