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Amelia Frey MMM polished paper 4 12/5/07 The Werewolf as an Outsider: Supporting Willem De Blécourt’s Commentary through Stephen Ricks Dark nights, howling winds, and supernatural occurrences all evoke thoughts of something shameful, something taboo, something terrifying—perhaps a werewolf would suffice? During the period of antiquity prior to the sixteenth century, such a scene like this would not have evoked thoughts of werewolves. The reformation brought about the demonization and association with heretical ties of the creatures that beforehand had been seen as “hounds of God.” 1 Stephen Ricks, author of The Magician As Outsider In the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament , makes a connection between the methods used to achieve otherwise inexplicable phenomenon (that is, methods that differ from those normally used in the case of a commonly accepted religion), the person using such methods, and their subsequent classification as an “outsider.” Likewise, William De Blécourt’s Article “A Journey to Hell: Reconsidering the Livonian ‘Werewolf,’” discusses Carlo Ginzburg’s claim that werewolves were, in reality, shamans, who performed their healings, protecting, etc, in a trance-like state. Ricks argues that magic was associated with outsiders not because of what it achieved, but because of the methods it incurred as means to achieve such inexplicable events as were credited to religion and magic. In the case presented by De Blécourt, the methods presented can are alien to the general
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