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The Scottish Werewolf

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THE SCOTTISH WEREWOLF (J3x32) 3C set Denise Sander Happy to Meet

1- 8 1s cast and dance down behind own line; turn out and dance up back to place
9-16 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back (stay in middle)
25-32 1s cast to 3rd place (2s+3s step up 27-28); 1s turn RH. 231

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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Can also be dance as a 4 couple set.

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The Wulver (The Scottish Werewolf) is a kind of werewolf that is part of the folklore of the Shetland islands off the coast of Scotland.

The Wulver kept to itself and was not aggressive if left in peace. Some say, unlike most werewolves the Wulver is not a shapeshifter and is not, nor was it ever, a human being. It appears to be a sort of immortal spirit.

Jessie Saxby, in Shetland Traditional Lore writes: "The Wulver was a creature like a man with a wolf's head. He had short brown hair all over him. His home was a cave dug out of the side of a steep knowe, half-way up a hill. He didn't molest folk if folk didn't molest him. He was fond of fishing, and had a small rock in the deep water which is known to this day as the "Wulver's Stane". There he would sit fishing sillaks and piltaks for hour after hour. He was reported to have frequently left a few fish on the window-sill of some poor body".

Susan Schoon Eberly, an authority on congenital disorders, after researching folklore traditions gathered primarily from Gaelic areas of Scotland, has speculated the tale of the Wulver may have a basis in a human being with a medical condition; she suggests it may be Hunter Syndrome.

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Scottish Werewolf
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