Werewolves and vampires are both mythical creatures that kill people, but there are significant distinctions between the two. Werewolves are mortal and age just like people, while vampires are immortal and do not age (except for some things that can kill them like sunlight and garlic). Werewolves, in reality, have been human for much of their lives. Their diet is like humans, In contrast to vampires, who drink blood.
Differences Between Werewolves and Vampire
Although for a single, definitive description of the creatures there are too many versions of the myths, they are both known for their human-like appearance and for their inclination to attack and convert humans.
Vampires and werewolves are often presented as rival races that despise one another in modern pop culture.
Here are some differences between Werewolf and Vampire. Have a look:
|Appearance||Pale skin, sharp teeth, normal eyes unless they don’t drink blood.||In human form, always has abs. It may either resemble a monkey/ape (if the werewolf is a primate species) or a wolf (if it is a canid)|
|Personality||Sophisticated and charming,||Aggressive or animalistic in human form at times|
|Strengths||Immortality, enhances senses, agility, superhuman abilities.||Near invulnerability, speed, power|
|Weaknesses||Sunlight, wooden steaks, crosses, garlic, if they enter a house without being invited in.||Silver, natural causes, wolf’s bane|
|Lifespan||Forever||Same as humans|
|Origins||Folklore around the world||Western folklore|
|TV Shows||Vampire Diaries, Being Human, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood||Teen Wolf, Doctor Who, True Blood, Being Human|
|Transformation time||Night||On a full moon|
The werewolf is a mythological animal and is the subject of many stories and more than a few nightmares throughout the world. According to some legends, werewolves are people who morph into vicious, powerful wolves. Others are a mutant human-wolf combination. But they are all bloodthirsty beasts who can’t control their desire to kill animals and people.
Exactly when and where the werewolf legend originated is unclear. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest known Western prose, some researchers agree the werewolf made its debut when Gilgamesh jilted a potential lover because she had turned her prior mate into a wolf.
With the Legend of Lycaon, Werewolves made a further early appearance in Greek mythology. According to legend, when he served him a meal made from the remains of a sacrificed child, Lycaon, the son of Pelasgus, angered the god Zeus. As retribution, Lycaon and his sons were transformed into wolves by the angry Zeus.
Werewolves also appeared in early Nordic folklore. The Saga of the Volsungs tells the story of a father and son who, for ten days, discovered wolf pelts that had the power to turn people into wolves.
The father-son pair put the pelts on, changed into wolves, and went through the forest on a killing spree. When the father attacked his own son, their rampage ended, leaving a lethal wound. The son only survived because the father was given a leaf with healing powers by a kind raven.
The Bed burg Werewolf
The most infamous werewolf of all may be Peter Stubbe, a rich, fifteenth-century farmer in Bedburg, Germany. He transformed into a wolf-like beast at night, according to folklore, and devoured several of Bedburg’s people.
After being cornered by hunters who said they saw him shape-shift from wolf to human form, Peter was finally blamed for the gruesome killings. Since confessing to savagely murdering animals, men, women, and children and eating their remains under torture, he experienced a brutal execution. He also claimed that he owned an enchanted belt that gave him the power to turn at will into a wolf. The belt, not surprisingly, was never found.
The guilt of Peter is controversial since some people think that he was not a murderer but the victim of a political witch hunt, or even a werewolf hunt. Either way, at the moment, that werewolves were on the loose, the circumstances surrounding his life and death stoked extreme fears.
In reality, many of the so-called werewolves of centuries ago were serial killers, and France had a fair share of them. Pierre Burgot and Michel Verdun, Frenchmen, reportedly swore allegiance to the devil in 1521 and claimed to have an ointment that turned them into wolves. Since confessing to killing several children brutally, both of them were burned to death at the stake. (It was believed that burning was one of the few ways to kill a werewolf.)
Another Frenchman of the sixteenth century whose claim to fame was also an ointment with wolf-morphing abilities was Giles Garnier, regarded as the “Werewolf of Dole.” According to legend, he viciously slaughtered and ate children like a wolf. For his monstrous crimes, he was burned to death at the stake, too.
It is up for discussion whether Burgot, Verdun, or Garnier were psychologically ill, operated under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, or were simply cold-blooded killers. But during the 16th century, it probably did not matter to superstitious Europeans. To them, only a hideous beast like a werewolf could commit such heinous crimes.
The Shape Shifter as werewolf
Some stories hold werewolves shape-shifted at will because of a curse. Others claim that with the help of an enchanted sash or a cloak made of wolf pelt, they changed. Others also believe that after being bitten by a werewolf, people become wolves.
An individual only turns into a wolf in many werewolf tales when there’s a full moon, and that idea might not be far-fetched. A full moon brings out the “beast” in many humans, according to research carried out at Australia’s Calvary Mater Newcastle hospital. The study found that 23 percent of the 91 cases of violent, acute activity at the hospital between August 2008 and July 2009 occurred during a full moon.
Workers were targeted by patients and wolf-like activities such as chewing, spitting, and scratching was seen. While many at the time were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, because the moon was full, it is uncertain why they were intensely violent.
Vampires are evil mythological creatures who hunt for people whose blood they feed on, wandering the earth at night. They may be the classic monsters that are best known of all. Most people equate Count Dracula, the mythical, blood-sucking subject of the epic novel of Bram Stoker, Dracula, published in 1897, with vampires. But vampire history started long before Stoker was born.
There are just as many distinct vampire traits as there are stories about vampires. Yet drinking human blood is the main characteristic of vampires. Typically, they suck the blood of their victims using their sharp fangs, killing them and turning them into vampires.
Vlad the Impaler
It’s assumed Count Dracula was named by Bram Stoker after Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler. Vlad Dracula was born in the Romanian state of Transylvania. From 1456-1462, he controlled Walachia, Romania, on and off. Many historians identify him as a just, but brutally cruel, dictator who battled the Ottoman Empire valiantly. He received his nickname because his favorite way of killing his enemies was to impale them on a wooden stake.
As the most notorious vampire, Mercy Brown may rival Count Dracula. However, unlike Count Dracula, Mercy was a real human. In Exeter, Rhode Island, she lived and was the daughter of a farmer, George Brown.
His community used Mercy as a scapegoat to describe their deaths after George lost many family members, including Mercy, to tuberculosis in the late 1800s. At that time, it was normal to blame the “undead” on multiple deaths in one family. Each deceased family member’s bodies were frequently exhumed and searched for signs of vampirism.
While the vampire fears of the past have been silenced by modern science, people who call themselves vampires still exist. They are normal-seeming people who, in a (perhaps misguided) attempt to remain healthy, drink small quantities of blood. “Self-identified vampire groups can be found on the Internet and in cities and towns around the world. Most modern vampires keep to themselves and usually perform their “eating” rituals, like drinking the blood of willing donors, in private, to avoid rekindling vampire superstitions.
Some vampires do not drink human blood but appear to feed off others’ energy. Many say that they become agitated or depressed if they don’t eat on a regular basis.
After Dracula was published, vampires became popular. The iconic persona of Count Dracula has been the subject of several films, books, and television shows since then. Given people’s obsession with all things horror, for years to come, vampires, actual or fictional, are likely to continue to haunt the world.