Ancient Werewolves
November 29, 2001 12:56 PM   Subscribe

Ancient Werewolves - 'These composite beings ... are a common theme from the beginning of painting.' (link via Weblogging Considered Harmful)
posted by Irontom (8 comments total)
The article is pretty bland, but it's a really cool concept.
posted by Irontom at 12:57 PM on November 29, 2001

Wouldn't it be nice if there were some images to go along w/ the text? Sheesh.
posted by kokogiak at 1:04 PM on November 29, 2001

Like I said, it is not the greatest article I ever saw.
posted by Irontom at 1:07 PM on November 29, 2001

Images from Africa of rock art, including the kind described in the article. Lots of photos; may be a slow download. Also includes details of sites throughout the continent.

Detailed and thorough study of rock art and the various schools of interpretation. Includes images of therianthropes from the Les Trois Frères cave in France.

Reading Rock Art, an article with a few images. Very academic, but interesting.
posted by Mo Nickels at 1:39 PM on November 29, 2001

No pictures here, but the concept--and vampires. too--goes back to the Greeks, I know.
posted by y2karl at 4:11 PM on November 29, 2001

I could swear that National Geographic Magazine did a story on Grotte Chauvet a few months ago. It had pictures and everything. If it's the same article I'm thinking of, the creature depicted was sort of half-man, half-bull or bison, and they'd called it the 'sorcerer', or the 'wizard' or something like that. The images were in fact surprisingly sophisticated compared to what we think cave paintings ought to look like. Sadly, National Geographic doesn't keep an online archive, so no links to that.

But here are a couple others:

The sorcerer (scroll down a little)
A more thorough examination of the pictures.
posted by Hildago at 4:18 PM on November 29, 2001

Probably the greatest propaganda campaign ever carried out has been selling the idea that Vampires and Werwolves are fiction.
posted by Mack Twain at 6:45 PM on November 29, 2001

yeah, they exist: human beings.
posted by y2karl at 7:06 PM on November 29, 2001

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