Hey, hey my playmate
let me lay waste to thee
burned down their hanging trees
it's hot here hot here hot here hot here
Got a curse we cannot lift
shines when the sunset shifts
there's a curse comes with a kiss
the bite that binds the gift that gives
now that we got gone for good
writhing under your riding hood
tell your gra'ma and your mama too it's true
we're howling forever
- Wolf Like Me
Becoming wolfen historically seems to be a punishment of some kind. Earlier werewolves were blamed on cannibalism -- if you stooped to eating human flesh than you would transform into an animal. Later rejecting Christianity would make you a werewolf, which is probably how the full moon affliction was woven into the folklore, as the Indo-European religions associated the moon with the goddess. Christians are rather notorious for not really caring for women, nature or individuals. There is a legend in which those who interrupted Patrick during his sermonizing began howling like wolves and were transformed into wolves for seven years. This is the same Patrick who was said to have driven the snakes out of Ireland. Go figure!
The Werewolf page has all kinds of cool informaation. I got all of these images there, as well as a ton of information. They also have short stories and a nice, early creepy version of Little Red Riding Hood by Briffault. In this version, Red Riding Hood outsmarts the wolf after her grandmother's cat calls her a slut. This draws LRRH's attention to the fact that she is about to eat her own grandmother. (I prefer my fairy tales pathological, with lessons on how to avoid the pitfalls in life and a healthy dose of twisted sexuality. Disney has bleached them all to a flavorless paste, urging us to become good citizens.) Many claim that Little Red Riding Hood is a really metaphor for the awakening of a young woman's sexual awareness-- the red hood or cap representing the hymen or clitoris and the wolf representing the animal appetite of young men. That seems to be possible, especially since the wolf-dressed-as-grandma often seems to be trying to talk LRRH into climbing into bed with him.
You can read a few other versions of the fairy tale here.
And please be careful walking through the woods alone.