Argentina president adopts young Jewish boy as godson to prevent him from turning into werewolf
Argentina’s president has adopted a young Jewish boy as her godson to stop him turning into a werewolf.
Yair Tawil was adopted in a ceremony which took place because of Argentinian folklore, reports the Independent.
He is the first Jewish boy to be adopted, as the practice only applied to Catholics until 2009.
According to tradition in the country, the seventh son born to a family turns into a werewolf, a feared “el lobison”.
The creature only shows its true nature on the first Friday after the boy’s 13th birthday, turning the teenager into a demon at midnight during every full moon.
Legend has it that the lobison feeds on unbaptized babies.
Although the story may now seem fanciful, fear of the werewolf-like creature was so widespread in 19th century Argentina that some families even murdered their babies.
To stop the practice happening the Argentine president began adopting babies.
Any family now which has seven sons or daughters get the president as their official godparent, a gold medal and a full educational scholarship, reports the Independent.
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchhner described the adoption as a “magical moment” and called the Tawils a “marvelous family”.
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