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The Morbach Monster speaks out by Asanbonsam The Morbach Monster speaks out by Asanbonsam
This particular picture hits a bit closer to home for me. While I am not from the area where the "Legend of the Mohrbach Monster" supposedly came from (as stated here: [link], here [link] or here [link]), it still makes me angry that another crap made-up by Americans is portrayed as genuinely German. The crap about Christmas pickles or that supposedly Maedchen, Gretchen or Lorelei are typical German names (BS since the first is the german word for "girl" and the last is the name of a siren-like being), or even that we are nearly exclusively portrayed as Nazis is bad enough but this is one thing too much for me.

The whole scenario was examined and the results published in the book "Das Monster von Morbach: Eine moderne Sage des Internetzeitalters". The author stated that none of the interviewed people from the area knew about this story, and neither did he (he is from the area), but 6 of 24 American GIs knew about it.
The region has werewolf stories but this one is not among them, as should be evident by the fact that it depicts a man-wolf and not a wolf as is typical for folkloric legends, so chance is high that it is influenced by cinema and is therefore not old. Would it be as old as claimed the werewolf would have a wolf shape. Also even the fullest versiond of the tale have geographical errors that anyone from the region would know to be false, further pointing towards a foreign origin.
It originated exclusively with US-American GIs as a reaction to an environment they didn’t know and the history they had with Germany. The structure fits what we in Germany call a “Sage” (it’s comparable to what Americans call urban legends). And this is truly what it is, an “urban legend”. Nothing of this tale is actually old, it is all brand new.
Also the mentioned shrine is not a werewolf-shrine but a “Heiligenhaeuschen” (literal "small house for saints", a little shrine for saints) which you can find on many pilgrimages and also often in the catholic parts of the area. They have lit candles because people still care about these little buildings, there are even some official ceremonies for them.
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Sevslover6195 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfacepalmplz:
Though it's not really my job to do so I apologize profusely...
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Thank you. ;)
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Sevslover6195 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hopefully one day we'll finally learn...
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TCDD Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Since I don't know any stereotypical German curse words/phrases, I'll use a stereotypical French one: Sacre bleu!
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NixKat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool info and nice pic.
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Thank you.
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wherewolfe Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
im going to come back and read this..... some time later.

TOO BUSY RIGHT NOW BUT IT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION. DAMN IT
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I must be doing something right then.
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, the "full moon curse" is a dead giveaway this is based on recent pop culture and not real folklore.
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Yes and no. There are instances when the moon phase has an influence but as far as I know the oldest known tale is from England and features the new moon. There are some legends, currently I can only think of some french ones, who have the full moon. However for the German area I know none, but I know that the moon is a rather unusual feature. Some say that the tale of Petronius in Satyricon features the full moon as a necessary feature, but based on the text itself I think it is more likely that this was mentioned so to make clear that the witness of the transformation had full visibility of the scene.
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