When it comes to lycans, everybody has heard about them, but under different names. Lycan is a term that refers to an evolved werewolf with human appearance that is part of popular folklore of several civilizations around the world. Werewolves and lycanthropy were first introduced to massive media through the silent movie “Underworld” by Josef von Sternberg, a film produced in 1927.
The plot of the story is around some of those legends that traditionally cite human beings that are able to become werewolves in the nights of full moon or when an urgent premise makes the animal inside them arise. The origin of such transformation has been subject to debate since lycanthropy is often associated to a person’s delusion rather than a magical power or a human disease as some researchers held comparing lycanthropy with vampirism.
The werewolves appeared also in mythology and were often cited as lycanthropes since it was said that those humans were able to undergone a wild animal transformation that included but was not limited to wolves. It was until the middle ages when werewolves took the traditional appearance that the chronicles narrate, associating the full moon as determinant factor triggering their transformation.
Although, there are no study cases revealing how a human can develop sudden ability to become a wolf, during the early 1960s Dr. Lee Illis wrote in a London’s journal a study that associates lycanthropy with a congenital disease called porphyria. Incidentally, the supposed apparition of a human vampire in the surroundings of London’s Highgate Cemetery one decade after such study, contribute to question many folklore myths that might simply be uncommon medical conditions.
Whether lycans exists or not, they are still present in the mind of investigators that will not stop in their research until find the reality behind lycanthropy and the human beings flagged with this mysterious transformation power.