WEREWOLF IN BENGALI |নেকড়ে বাঘে পরিণত মানুষ | MYTHOLOGY OF Zeus and werewolf | FEAR FILES BENGALI | EPISODE 08 Manuel Blanco Romasanta
King Lycaon: The First Werewolf
Once upon a time, there lived a king named Lycaon. He ruled over the land of Arcadia and had thousands of men and women under his command. His palace was filled with gold, fine foods and elaborate artwork, but one thing he did not have was love.
One day King Lycaon was hunting in the forest and he came upon a small lake. As he approached, he saw a lady sitting at the edge of the lake, singing.
Her song was a song full of longing. Drawn in by her words, King Lycaon dismounted from his horse and approached her. When the woman turned to face the King, her incredible beauty struck him.
“My lady, your song is so beautiful, but so depressing. Please tell me what you wish and I will do everything in my power to grant it. But first, what shall I call you?”
“You may call me Fortuna, my Lord. I am distressed because I fear I will never find a man to love. My father is too hard to please and he will not grant permission for me to marry anyone.”
The King had already fallen for the beautiful damsel and so he was quick to volunteer.
“Certainly he would not deny a King! Come with me and I will make you the happiest bride in all the land.”
Fortuna knew of King Lycaon and what a great king he was to his people. She loved him for offering his hand in marriage, but said she would only marry him with her father’s approval.
“Who is your father?” the King inquired. নেকড়ে বাঘে পরিণত মানুষ
“Why he is Jupiter, king of the gods.”
“My heavens!” King Lycaon exclaimed. “I’ll have to prepare the greatest feast in the history of man.”
King Lycaon proceeded to enlist all of his men and women to prepare the palace for Jupiter’s arrival. He had drapes of gold hung from every rafter. Fine food was imported from every corner of the world. And he brought in performers from distant lands to provide entertainment.
The King had prepared to host Jupiter over the course of seven days. The very first day Jupiter arrived on a cloud from heaven. He was very regal in his purple robes, carrying a golden staff. The palace appeared dull next to his glowing radiance.
Each day the King would try to engage the god and impress him with his wealth. He gave Jupiter great gifts of furs and perfumes, but Jupiter offered no more than a simple thank you.
Throughout the proceedings, Jupiter would hardly look at the King. Feeling greatly insulted, the King tried all the harder to win over Fortuna’s father, but the more he tried, the more Jupiter resented him. The next five days carried on in the same fashion — eating, drinking, and being entertained.
If King Lycaon had one flaw it was his temper. When he was pushed, it didn’t take very much to set him off. Jupiter knew of Lycaon’s temper and didn’t believe he was a good match for his daughter. In order to push the King past his limit, Jupiter insulted the King’s mortality. He laughed at how puny and finite the King’s life was.
In retaliation, the King told his head cook to prepare a steak of human flesh, but to make it appear appetizing. In that way he would get back at Jupiter by tricking him into eating the unclean meal.
Fortuna was out at the market, when the King had his next meal with Jupiter. The cooks served the meal as usual, but Jupiter immediately recognized the ruse.
“How dare you serve me human flesh! You have insulted me by trying to bring me down to man’s level. In return I will bring you down a level. For you will roam the world in the form of a wolf from this day forward.”