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


Tsurugi's picture

Dr. Tyson is a physicist. When speaking on the subject of physics, he is an acknowledged expert.

In any other subject, he is no more or less expert than any layman...including subjects such as modern medicine, or demonology, for example.

Nothing wrong with quoting him, of course.


I do have a problem with his certainty, however. I find it most un-scientific. To illustrate my point I will quote another great physicist:

"In physics, the truth is rarely perfectly clear, and that is certainly the case in human affairs. Hence, what is not surrounded by uncertainty, cannot be the truth."
--Dr. Richard P. Feynman, PhD

riparianfrstlvr's picture

i have read 2 books on witchcraft and how to cast a spell, i don't remember the titles because nothing happened. also 2 books on demonology; The Demonologist, and the Devil in Connetticut about demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. I have even played with a ouija board, nothing happend there either. I have read the book The Power of the Mind to Heal. people have healed themselves through the "placebo effect" (the power of suggestion) in countless double blind studies. people have cured themselves through self hipnosis/meditation. most people don't even know what the limbic system is nor how it works, yet we experience it's effects all day long, every day of our lives, if people can cure themselves through the placebo effect, power of suggestion, meditation/self hipnosis, they can most certainly make themselve sick, both physically and mentally, hypochondria. mental illness is either a malformed brain or an imbalance of the brain chemistry, both of which directly involves the limbic system. Brainwashing can affect brain chemistry also. i was bred, born, and raised a Catholic, they to believe in majic and are very superstitious and phobic. If God the holy father created devils or fallen angels, and loves us so much, and wants what is best for us, why doesn't he uncreate them? the human body, simply put is nothing more than an electicity generating, chemical producing machine. real, whole foods are the fuel and water is the solvent/lubricant. if you put gas where the oil is supposed to go, you car engine will seize up and quit running. the body is much like that. Evil is nothing but a human concept and trait. take charge of your brain, body and life and all that you do, after all it is your's, you own it all. if you let imaginary forces control you, you are a weak ignorant  fool!!


so who said dr niel degrasse Tyson is an expert? dr niel degrasse Tyson? If you haven't studied magick and the occult then you don't know what the hell you're talking about. the comment above just proves you're an ignorant fool

riparianfrstlvr's picture

i can't agree with you more about excessive consumption of pharm. drugs and booze being unhealthy. but would you please post some pics of your 2 different selves. surely with the high res cameras available today we should be able to see the differences, just as we see the differences in the skulls on the link above. if you can't do this i would say you have definetely moved beyond religious corruption and shaman reality into your own vivid imagination. as far as being possessed by demons or evil spirits i will defer to an expert. to quote Dr. Niel DeGrasse Tyson Phd.: "when you are writhing on the ground and froth is coming out of your mouth, you are having an epileptic seizure you have not been invaded by the devil. We got this one fugured out okay? I mean discovery moves on. So I don't mind the power of myth and magic, but take it to the next frontier and apply it there. Don't apply it in places where we have long passed what we already know what is going on."   further more when a voodoo practioner or devil worshiper consumes the blood or flesh of a sacrificial victim, whether human or animal they do not feel the power of the victim spirit entering their body. what they do feel is, not only their own adrenaline, endorphins, an enkaphelins, but the victims as well. it is a "high" just like the adrenaline junkie gets cliff climbing or base jumping... but that is their own adrenaline. after a short while sacraficing victims, the practitioners own body quits producing it's own adrenaline and endorphens and the practitioner needs the victims more and more in order to feel good. that is an addiction. looking forward to your pics.


As a slavic shaman, exorcist (whisperer) and healer, with shape-shifting, as its time to move beyond the religious corruption of shamanic reality and set the record straight. Humans have an animal and/or avian as part of our soul, this is our connection to the earth. Not all people belong to the wolf clan, some are bird tribe people in ancient Baltic and Slavic Cultures. Those who are wolf clan origin people, have the ability to shape shift, but generally in-between the veil, not pure physical world. A 'werewolf' is a human who has a shadow (darkness) or past life shadow that has entered its animal-human soul and taken over that part. A real shaman exorcist can extract the persons own dark shadow demon and send it back to the underworld without even harming the human and then the human is fine and heals and moves forward. There are a few things a person can do to keep their own dark shadow from entering and that is give up alcohol, drugs and pot - for these things let your demonic past life shadow into your body when you get too drunk too many times or too high or the modern medicine drugs which are just as damaging. Chopping off heads by priests and religions were the same people who killed shamans and pagans. Thank heaven that time is over.


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