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Jackals had been closely associated with the underworld and ancient Egyptian god of souls of the dead, Anubis, and the animal symbolized destruction for Hebrews, represented cowardice for a good share of Asia, and Africans often viewed jackals as wise tricksters. However, Indian folklore stated that hearing a jackal’s howl from over one’s left shoulder was considered a bad omen.

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Those who become were-jackals wore a stripe made by a witch doctor to hide across the forehead or waist that gave them the ability to shape-shift, generally at night for secret travel.

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Jackal shifters are not uncommon, although they are metaphysically similar to coyotes. Old World jackals have the same magical qualities as the coyote.

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Jackals, like foxes or coyotes, are depicted as clever sorcerers in myths and legends. Mentioned in the Bible, the jackal is often used as a literary device to exemplify desolation, isolation and abandonment, and the ruins of former cities and areas abandoned by humans.

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Sources:

Steiger, Brad. The Werewolf Book: the Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1999. Print.

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