A werewolf is a person in folklore, mythological stories, and movies who transform into a wolf during a full moon. Werewolves are believed to possess superhuman strength, speed, and heal faster than a normal human being. There exist many ways for you to become a werewolf, the most popular of them is to get bitten by one. When you are bitten by a werewolf, the bacteria carried in their bodies can cause you to transform into one. The bacteria that makes it possible for a human to turn into a werewolf is injected directly into your bloodstream when you get bitten. Another way of becoming a werewolf is being born into a family of werewolves. When both or either of your parents carries the gene of a werewolf, there is the possibility of you being born as one, neither of the parents has to be werewolves themselves, as long as they carry the genes of one, it’s possible to transfer to their children.
The werewolf curse is another way to become a werewolf, there are few cases of people becoming werewolves through a curse, the werewolf curse can be due to the use of black magic. It was through this curse that the first-ever werewolf was created, and he could curse other people without biting them first. These are the 3 major ways to become cursed with “lycanthropy”, however, there are other different methods of becoming a werewolf. In Italian folklore, being born on the 20th to 21st of December can make you become a werewolf. Other European countries have it that if you’re born on the day before Christmas, you are certain to become a shapeshifter who turns into a wolf. This is viewed as a punishment for trying to compete with the “first child”.
Scandinavian legends say that a person can turn into a werewolf by drinking from the same stream that a previous werewolf pack drank from. In the same way, you’re bound to become a werewolf if you drink from a “lycanthropic river”, the river has a bright sparkle, a person who drank from this river will become a werewolf. Getting clawed at by a werewolf can also make you into one, this method is rare too and rarely happens. In cases where a werewolf with strong genes scratches you, there is a possibility of becoming infected with the bacteria residing inside its body, transformation into a wolf happens when the bacteria have completely assimilated with your body.
If you were murdered brutally beneath a full moon, you will be revived as a werewolf, having sexual intercourse with a werewolf. One other popular way of becoming a werewolf is by wearing a belt that was made with the skin of an executed one. There are other ways to transform into a werewolf, but the common thing in all of them is the process, the first time you transform under the full moon is extremely painful. The transformation process involves your whole body morphing to resemble a wolf, and your bone will shift too, but in wolf form you are impervious to pain.