Wampus cat

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The Wampus cat is a creature in American folklore, described as a fearsome variation of a cougar.

Description[edit]

The wampus cat is often compared to the "Ewah" of Cherokee mythology, in that it was a woman who disguised herself in the skin of a cougar to spy on the men of the tribe, as they sat around the campfire with their wolf brothers, and told sacred stories on a hunting trip. When the woman was discovered, the tribe's medicine man punished her by transforming her into a half-woman, half-cat, who supposedly still haunts the forests of East Tennessee.[1] The range of this creature has been tracked into the Carolinas as well.[2] In folklore, it can be seen as one of a number of fearsome critters. In some sections of rural East Tennessee, the legend of the Wampus Cat takes on a more sinister tone. It is said that the Wampus Cat is a spirit of death and the earth, and when her cry is heard, it means someone is going to die and be buried within the next three days.

Mascot[edit]

The Wampus cat is the mascot of the following:

In popular culture[edit]

A musical ensemble who recorded several tracks in 1937 and 1938, and consisting of six or seven string musicians including Oscar "Buddy" Woods, were billed as 'The Wampus Cats'.[9]

J. K. Rowling's Pottermore story History of Magic In North America[10] lists the Wampus cat as a source for hair used in magic wands.[11] The cat is also a House in the American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Ilvermorny. [12]

The cat was mentioned in Faron Young's 1955 Country music hit Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ S E Schlosser (May 24, 2008). "The Wampus Cat: A Scary Story from Tennessee Folklore". Retrieved May 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ Curse of the Wampus, and other Short Spooky Stories of Piedmont North Carolina Paperback. Createspace Publishing – (March 2, 2016) by O C Stonestreet IV
  3. ^ Clark Fork Junior/Senior High School website Legend written by lifelong Clark Fork resident Shirley Dawson Crawford
  4. ^ Owens, Judy (June 20, 2008). "Reporters Looking for Stories, Finding Wampus Cats | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural". Daily Yonder. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Atoka Alumni Association – Home". Wampuscatalumni.com. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived September 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ [2] Archived April 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Pottermore - Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry". Pottermore. June 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ Uncle Dave Lewis. "Buddy Woods". Allmusic. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  10. ^ Sian Cain. "New JK Rowling story History of Magic in North America depicts Native American wizards". the Guardian. 
  11. ^ Rowling, J.K. (March 11, 2016). "1920s Wizarding America", "History of Magic in North America". Pottermore.
  12. ^ Rowling, J.K. (June 28, 2016). "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry", "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry". Pottermore.

References[edit]

  • Spooky South: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore By S. E. Schlosser, Paul G. Hoffman (Chapter 16, Wampus cat, Knoxville, Tennessee) pp. 92–98 [3]

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