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Isidoros Zourgos in his novel "Στην σκιά της πεταλούδας" mentions that if you kill a wolf, the animal's spirit will come back and kill you after forty days.

The origin of the belief is assumed to be Adrianoupoli (Edirne), in Turkey (the "old country" of the novel). It may be a Greek belief, as the characters of the novel are Greek and Adrianoupoli at the time of novel (1910s, early 1920s) had a significant Greek population.

The belief isn't mentioned in Wikipedia's Wolves in folklore, religion and mythology and I didn't find anything about it around the net. Wikipedia does mention a similar Cherokee legend, but I don't think it's likely that is the one Zourgos is referencing. The belief is mentioned in connection to an illiterate Greek refugee from Andrianoupoli in the late 1910s. Not someone I'd expect to be well-versed in Cherokee folklore.

I wonder if this is an actual folklore belief of the area, or something the author made up.

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So I have a few answers and comments to your question.

First...

Yes, the info in the first two paragraphs are correct, so your got that part right. Well done.

Second...

The belief isn't mentioned in Wikipedia's Wolves in folklore, religion and mythology and I didn't find anything about it around the net. I wonder if this is an actual folklore belief, or something the author made up.

Well I did some searching up on the web, and I found a section of the exact wiki page you referenced stating that yes, indeed wolves will come back to revenge their death if killed (Cherokee belief). But I couldn't find that belief anywhere else.

Third...

You can read more about it here: Wolves in folklore, religion, and mythology.

Well I hope that answers your question. Thanks!

  • Sorry I should have mentioned that I was aware of the Cherokee legend in the question. It's an interesting find but for the purposes of this question I am only interested in Greek or Turkish folklore. Unless of course you have any reason to believe the author is referencing the Cherokee legend and not one from the area the novel takes place in. – yannis Aug 20 at 23:18
  • Then no. I really couldn't find something about Turkish or Greek wolves avenging their death. There is a lot of read about this subject so I might of missed somethings. – Fuzzy Squid Aug 21 at 4:07

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