Legends of France - Légendes de France

The Beast of Gévaudan - La Bête du Gévaudan

Entre 1764 et 1767, une créature mystérieuse appelée la Bête a ravagé la région rurale du Gévaudan, en France. Une centaine d’hommes, femmes et enfants auraient été victimes de La Bête du Gévaudan. Alors que de nombreux Français à l’époque présumaient que la Bête était un loup et que de nombreux érudits modernes sont d’accord, certains ont suggéré que la Bête n’était peut-être pas du tout un loup.

Between 1764 and 1767 a mysterious creature called the Beast ravaged the rural region of Gévaudan, France. About 100 men, women and children reportedly fell victim to La Bête du Gévaudan. While many French at the time presumed the Beast to be a wolf and many modern scholars agree, some have suggested that the Beast may not have been a wolf at all. :thinking:

So what was it? ‘Like a Wolf, Yet Not a Wolf’ :scream:

On June 19, 1767, a hunter, a local man named Jean Chastel, shot a wolf on the slopes of Mount Mouchet.

An autopsy of the animal revealed human remains inside, and the animal had non-wolf characteristics as described by witnesses. The attacks ended, but while it was assumed that the beast Chastel bagged was the Beast, doubts remained that it was indeed a wolf.

Do you know any legends of your country that you can share in the comments? :wink: