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Shape-shifting and witchcraft


In mythology, folklore and speculative fiction, shapeshifting is the ability of a being or creature to transform its physical form or shape. This is usually achieved through an inherent ability of a mythological creature, divine intervention or the use of magic. The idea of shapeshifting is present in the oldest forms of totemism and shamanism, as well as the oldest extant literature and epic poems, including works such as the Epic of Gilgameshand the Iliad, where the shapeshifting is usually induced by the act of a deity.

The idea persisted through the Middle Ages, where the agency causing shapeshifting is usually a sorcerer or witch, and into the modern period. It remains a common trope in modern fantasy, children’s literature and works of popular culture. The most common form of shapeshifting myths is that of therianthropy, which is the transformation of a human being into an animal (i.e. werewolves or vampires) or conversely, of an animal into human form. Legends allow for transformations into plants and objects and the assumption of another human countenance (e.g. fair to ugly).

The elephant in the room is knowledge. Knowledge is power. Power can be used for good or evil. EVIL spelled in reverse is LIVE. It is the crossroad. There is a patent on evil registered at the time when ARPAnet created youtube February 14, 2005. The patent on EVIL prohibits the use of the word evil in products not approved by, paying royalty to or which pre-date the patent. The online gamers thus have and had the largest following of subscribers on youtube, 4chan and nearly all subsequent social media platforms.

As the new weapons of WWIII have been developed the ELEPHANT in the room comes in many forms as a shapeshifting vehicle. As a young meti I spent many hours with the mantis, the wolf, the elephant and the bear. Today the use of technology, the deception of science and the marriage of fantasy is modern day witchcraft. The vast network created by the secret societies have lost the power to hide the truth. The truth will set you free.

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