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NEURI

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Originally appearing in Volume V19, Page 428 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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NEURI, an ancient tribe placed by Herodotus (iv. io5) to the north-east of Scythia. He says of it that it is not Scythian, hut has Scythian customs. Every member of it, being a wizard, becomes a wolf once a year. The position assigned to their district appears to be about the head waters of the Dniester and Bug (Hugh) and the central course of the Dnieper just the region which, on-general grounds, nlace-names, recorded migrations and modern distribution, appears to be the original location of the Slays (q.v.). The wolf story again recalls the tales of werewolves so common among Slavonic peoples, and there is much probability in Schafarik's conjecture that the Neuri are nothing but the ancestors of the Slays. (E. H. M.)
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