Where werewolf transformation begins the answer! What is the cause?
Ah, werewolf967, you misunderstand me! I do not believe that the werewolf transfromation begins at the core of the body, but rather that the core of the body is the very last part to transform into a werewolf – it is the “core” so it is the hardest….like you are saying, the heart and soul would be the hardest to convince to “give up” or “give in” to the werewolf transformation itself…so it seems we kind of have the same idea on where the werewolf transformation begins!
I do think we differ on what causes the werewolf tranformation. I believe that it is an infection, whereas you believe the transformation happens due to a “possession” during the full moon. There are I think references in literature and movies to support both theories. On the “infection” line of thought, there are those that say that just by being bitten by a werewolf will cause you to become a werweolf yourself. In my mind, this makes the most sense biologically, because there are so many infections and viruses and parasites that can spread through bites and saliva (rabies! colds!) that it seems logical that whatever is causing the tranformation is communicable like a disease. It is infectious…and…as an infection, would invade a would and spread throughout the blood stream, thus causing the werwolf transformation. If werewolves are real, in my mind this is what is causing it. And in answer to your question, since it is merely an infection, yes, the man inside the werewolf still has a soul. The soul did not leave the man when he transformed, rather it became infected by the virus, causing him to act unhumanlike or animallike.
On the other hand, it sounds like you believe that the transformation is due to a possession during the full moon. Now you’re right, there is no doubt that ancient – and modern – legends certainly claim this to be the case. But the question werewolf967 is how does the moon cause a man to transform into a wolf? This seems to go more into science fiction that dealing with straight science. And also, are you saying that werewolves have no soul? Isn’t there such a thing as a good werewolf?