(Art by Miyokoshi)
Nyarvirazi the Were-lioness
Origins- Rwanda (South East African maybe)
Nyarvirazi was a chieftain daughter or a the last born princess of a King. One day when venturing out into the wilderness she got lost as day turned to night she became tired, hungry and thristy looking for a way back. She found cup of water sitting atop of a tree stump and drank from it.
The water turned out to be urine from a lion left there by a witch or jujuman for a ritual that was to be performed under the full moon. Nyarvirazi could noticed that her senses were enhanced and as she made her way back home she had a craving for goat once seeing some she chagred after them turning into a lion and ate them. After devouring the goat she turned back into a human and ran back home, this became a habit on every full moon it wasn’t long until her brother became suspicious and saw her transformation and told the family about it.
Nyarvirazi warned them all to keep her transformation a secrect especially from her husband. When she had a baby the midwives joked about the baby no having claws, her husband wanted to know what they were talking about after many months of suspicion and threatened everyone with a spear which he ended up using on Nyarvirazi and the midwives and also the baby. Nyarvirazi transformed into a lioness and bit off his arm she called for other lions to appear and they ate him.
Nyarvirazi took her baby and went off with the Lions to become their Queen and Goddess thus keeping her family’s home safe from lions, she occasionally returns to her father’s village.