Here, in Spain, specially in the north lands, we got our particular lycanthrope myth : The lobisome
There are as many versions as peoples, which I like is a bit odd, the beast is not evil. Itīs some kind of protector in the road of Santiago (an important path of pilgrimage).
The big and white beast was once a pilgrim who died at the hands of thieves, then was raised by the archangel Gabriel to defend the pilgrims
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