The Tale of Two Wolves
The myth of the two wolves has been passed to various cultures and religions, each dictating their own version of a virtuous battle. The wolves are an allegory for good versus evil, and what we struggle to control within ourselves. As the story goes, an elderly man tells his grandson of the moral quandary that exist inside of us. He tells the boy that there are two wolves battling within each person. One is evil - it is anger, regret, envy, ego and lies. The other is good - it is love, hope, compassion, humility and truth. The grandson wonders about the dilemma, then asks, "Which wolf will win?" The elderly man replies, "The one you feed." Some Native American tribes view the two wolves in a different light. In which the moral of the story is more than the fight between choosing good or evil; rather it is about finding a balance between the two in order to find spiritual harmony. Picture credit: Unknown
Myth of the Witchy Wolves
This is an old legend spread across various religions that have been passed down for generations, the story of which reflects the culture of whom is telling the tale. According to Chippewa legend, there is a spirit animal - half dog and half wolf - that protects the souls and graves of the Native American warriors. It will attack anyone that disturbs the final resting place of Chippewa warriors.
Legend of Seven Gables
There used to be an old house at the end of Seven Gables Road, located today in Danville, Michigan. It was originally occupied by a supposed witch. There is now only walking trails and a rusted old gate where this home used to be. The "witch" hated the world and cursed her land, and naturally haunts the property to this very day. If people dare to venture onto the land and hear a scream, it's a warning to get out of the area or death will follow. Decades after the witch's death, a family moved into the house. As if the events were inspired from the Amityville Horror, the man of the house goes insane, kills his family, burns the house down and then kills himself. Most stories say he hung himself. One story out there even goes on to say each dead family member was hanging from one of the gables of the house. Picture credit: Michigan's Otherside
There are stories carried over from the Native American elders that tell of some of the Dog Men actually shape-shifting into the "real dogs" that they mimicked in battle. Thus, these few escaped the US Army's plans of killing them back in the Battle of Summit Springs in Colorado.
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