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Bulgarian farmer discovers skull resembling werewolf

Bizarre Discovery of Werewolf-Like Skull in a Chained Box in Bulgaria

A Bulgarian born farmer, Trayche Draganov, claims to have found a box, chained shut, containing a werewolf-like skull while ploughing a new section of field in the village of Novo Selo, Republic of Macedonia.

The account was reported to Ancient Origins by historian Filip Ganev, who spent time in Novo Selo while conducting research for his book on the Balkan Wars. Mr Ganev met the farmer, who showed him the box containing the unusual skull. He reported that the skull appears wolf-like with the exception of an enlarged cranium, a trait found only in primate species.

Mr Ganev photographed the skull and shared them with government wildlife officials, who concluded that it was likely a wolf that suffered from Paget Disease, a condition which causes the skull to increase in size and appear more human-like.

Novo Selo - Macedonia

The skull was found in a field in Novo Selo, a small village in the Republic of Macedonia. Credit: Filip Ganev

Mr Ganev said that werewolves have been a staple of Balkan folklore since before recorded history. The legends vary from region to region as far as how and why one becomes a werewolf. Some believe that a person is born with the ability to shape shift into a wolf. Babies born with hair are said to have a proclivity for this. Other regions believe that a person who died in a mortal sin or made some other union with the devil would be reborn as werewolves. Though the differences are great, one thing that they all share is how to dispose of a werewolf corpse.

Woodcut of a werewolf attack

Woodcut of a werewolf attack, by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1512 ( Wikipedia)

Werewolves were always dealt with by an exorcism by a parish priest, decapitation and burning of the body. It was thought that werewolves were to be killed on Saturday because that was the day they lay resting in their graves and could be easily caught. In the case of this Macedonian werewolf, it seems as though it was disposed of properly. At least until it was unearthed by a curious farmer.

The werewolf-like skull

The werewolf-like skull was found in a box that was chained shut. Credit: Filip Ganev

Trayche does not fear that the spirit of the werewolf will be released and he is very proud of his discovery, showing it off to anyone who cares to look. He admits that others in the village do not share his flippant attitude and feel that it would have been better left in the ground. “Many of my neighbors are angry that I disturbed the vrkolak (werewolf),” said Trayche. “They say that I will be reborn as a werewolf. If that is now my fate, so be it. What is done is done."

Featured image: Werewolf-like skull found by a farmer in Macedonia. Credit: Filip Ganev

By April Holloway

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Brandane's picture

Good halloween article. How long was this supposed to be in the ground though. . .suspiciously fresh looking straw in the box ha ha.

riparianfrstlvr's picture

great point. i have 2 dogs, 1 full blood siberian husky, 1 1/2 siberian-1/2 rottwieller. their skulls are visibly different shapes, and when i pet their head the skulls are even more different. the mix has a much more pronounced brow line and more block shaped. the full blood husky is smoother and more streamlined. both dogs are descendant of the wolf. genetics, evolution are the reason, not superstition.

riparianfrstlvr

No guess on when the skull was buried?

This is without a doubt, a baboon skull. You can tell by the positioning of the eyes on the front of the head. Wolves are carnivorous and their eyes need to be located on the far sides of their head while baboons are herbivores and need their eyes to sit on the front of their face like a human. In addition to the eyes, wolves have a large gab or opening around their eye socket to allow room for their powerful jaw muscles. Baboons do not need this feature as it is not necessary to their anatomy.

For proof, please visit this web page that shows both a baboon skull and wolf skull alongside with a human skull for comparison.
https://www.stanwinstonschool.com/uploads/attachments/82/monster-drawing...

riparianfrstlvr's picture

when you are right you are right and you are . thanks for the facts

riparianfrstlvr

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