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Vampires or werewolves?
I so like my boyfriends alive.  Not dead.  Love me my werewolves. 

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bodgei
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
Re: decisions, decisions
I guess I'm not a hollywood werewolf lover - I love me my clasics - Irish ledgend is full of guys and girls who turn into wolves And the Sagas mention them as well - mostly heros...

native central amreicans have a ledgend of Jaguare men. And in hte south you have Grand Father Cat. Or Father of Cats - sort of a Native/Black/hillbilly ledgend...

Maybe I should say I love Shape changers - and I'm closest to Cannids (becasue Stinky is just a dog with claws right?)

Cool about the couch thing.

And yeah I know the icon is not correct - i didn't make it...LOL
tree_lady
Jun. 14th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
Re: decisions, decisions
native central amreicans have a ledgend of Jaguare men. And in hte south you have Grand Father Cat. Or Father of Cats - sort of a Native/Black/hillbilly ledgend...

Maybe I should say I love Shape changers - and I'm closest to Cannids (becasue Stinky is just a dog with claws right?)

I only saw Stinky once but I doubt much he/she thinks or acts like a dog or looks much like one. ;-) Guess We'll just have to agree to disagree on that one.

Well, I agree about shape-shifters but I guess I don't know much about the traditional ones especially in the U.S.

One of my favorite filk songs "Golden Eyes" is based on an (East) Indian tradition I think. It's from the POV of a female shape-shifter, probably a tiger.
It begins,

A shadow in the bright bazaar.
A glint of eyes where none should shine.
A glint of eyes translucent gold
And slitted against the sun.
This the clue and this the sign
That sets him on his quarry's line,
But she has seen him in a dream
And now she's on the run.

(Sung by one of my favorite filksingers, Heather Alexander, who usually does her own like "Hap'n Frog", or Celtic-inspired stuff.)

S


p.s. Glad you liked the Couch
bodgei
Jun. 14th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Re: decisions, decisions
yeah there are alll sorts of shape changers - epecaly here on this continanat. You like an animal theres someone who turns into it. My fav is Coyote - he has all the good stories...

Yeah i like the couch thing - I'll show it to my friend tonight - at her house.
tree_lady
Jun. 14th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: decisions, decisions
Ooh! You just reminded me of song that must be American-based, re a werebear. It's called, "Don't call my name in battle." And that's all I remember about it.

Oh, now Coyote is very special! He's much more than a shape-shifter, more of a demi-god, the trickster. Sometimes he's a wolf (Fenris(?), in Norse legend. (The one that bit off whozit's hand when the guys got together and tried to put a collar on him. Oofta! I remember nothing anymore.

A friend is or was working on an excellent fantasy set in the Napa Valley (He owns a tiny vinyard). You see there's this Jewish guy ---No, really, I'm not starting an ethnic joke.

He's checking on his uncle's property and he has no cash so he throws in with a bunch of migrant workers harvesting grapes. The next thing you know, they find a very odd little clump of grapes, and the next thing after that, they're all somewhere that looks like where they were but isn't. It also isn't, quite, what it would have looked like a couple of hundred years earlier either.

But there's Coyote, and Raven, and this very strange man my friend made up watching them as if to see what they'll do next. Great reading! Very atmospheric! And if he doesn't keep writing it, I will personally go to California and pull up all his vines.

S.
bodgei
Jun. 15th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Re: decisions, decisions
Beserkers ("with the bear chest") were sometimes said to 'fall into battle as bears' - the Norse had a lot of shapeshifters - again hero types. Although Loki did take the form of a She - Wolf (that was when he gave birth to Fenuris

And with Coyote - thers Coyote and coyote...LOL. Or - lets say 'laughing shadow of the creater god' and people who take the form of coyoties...

That story sounds interesting.