“The Chief Seat of Lycanthropy Was Arcadia”

It is to be observed that the chief seat of Lycanthropy was Arcadia, and it has been very plausibly suggested that the cause might he traced to the following circumstance:–The natives were a pastoral people, and would consequently suffer very severely from the attacks and depredations of wolves. They would naturally institute a sacrifice to obtain deliverance from this pest, and security for their flocks. This sacrifice consisted in the offering of a child, and it was instituted by Lycaon. From the circumstance of the sacrifice being human, and from the peculiarity of the name of its originator, rose the myth.

From Sabine Baring-Gould’s The Book of Were-Wolves (1865)

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2 comments

  1. Helen W. Mallon · May 10, 2012

    …As long as you’re not talking about Arcadia University, which is about a mile from my house…Fascinating theory!

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  2. Pingback: The Book of Were-Wolves by Sabine Baring-Gould: a review | As You Were

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