definition of werewolf
What makes you a werewolf?
Transforming? A mental shift? A physical shift? Growing hair? Howling? Feeling the pull of the moon? Simply calling yourself a werewolf?
The simplest and most common definition of a werewolf is that of a person that transforms into a wolf. Obviously, yes, this is a werewolf, and this is what most people are familiar with as a traditional definition. Ask what a werewolf is and this is what most people will tell you – someone that physically transforms into a beast.
But a closer look at this definition brings to light possible variants on the traditional definition. The first question that can be asked is what does transforming mean? A physical transformation as everyone traditionally assumes? Or can the definition of transformation be taken in another – perhaps different – sense? The answer is that physical transformations are not necessarily mandatory to the definition. In fact many do consider other types of shifts when defining what a werewolf is – yes, a physical shift is most common, but there are also mental shifts and spiritual shifts which can encompass the definition of things that would make you a werewolf.
Werewolves are also defined as distinctive creatures. And by distinctive I do not necessarily mean growing hair excessively and howling (although certainly these can sometimes be characteristics), but by distinctive I mean in their thoughts and actions. Werewolves have a strong sense of being different (though they do not necessarily always know why), they are reclusive and protective (as we have talked about before), and they feel a strong connection with the moon and the outdoors (which they might not understand at first).