Tonight, in honor of the full moon this week, our spoooky word of the week is lycanthropy.
Lycanthropy is a combination of two Greek words “lykos” (wolk) and “anthropos” (man).
The earliest use of the word that is known is from Europe in the 16th century when there was a hysteria of reports about murders and attacks attributed to werewolves. Sadly, many people in Europe were tried and executed because of this superstition, just as people who were erroneously thought to be witches.
Today, the use of the word lycanthropy is as a clinical term that describes a delusion in which a person believes they can transform into an animal. There are various legends of “were” animals in different cultures. But the most renown is surely the legend of the werewolf.
Enjoy this clip featuring the inimitable Maria Ouspenskaya.