The legend and myth behind Alraune dates back to Germany in the early Middle Ages. It is said it a humanoid from a mandrake root, shaped by powerful alchemy forces that scientists back in those days even tried to put together and make it a reality.
There is not much focus on this early German myth and how it is said that this human root is made, can be known to some as downright bizarre. Learn all about what an Alraune is and why the legend was important to it.
Alraune was said to be a mandrake plant shaped into a human from the semen of a hung man executed in the gallows. This may sound bizarre, but to Germany in Middle Ages it wasn’t any farfetched and many believed the tale, passing it down to children. Alchemists have even stated that the semen of a hung man would go down into the earth and created a force of strength. In some passing of the story, its blood instead of semen, and few alchemists would claim the truth of this.
The Power of the Alraune
Alraunes stay in the dirt much like the mandragora. It was said that witches would find the alraune and use it in a brew to make themselves pregnant with a child who had no soul or feelings of any kind. This was a partial reason why many Germans at the time would execute women who were alone and they thought these women were using the power of the mandragora to create soulless and inadaptable children to put the world into ruin with.
This may be an odd myth but it was stirred up a lot in many fictional books and films. In 1918, the Hungarian film titled Alraune was about eighty minutes long and was a foretelling of the myth, although the movie is now lost in history. In 1928, it made its way as a “monster movie” titled The Daughter of Evil, about a mad scientist who has made an Alraune who seduces and creates soulless lives.
To the German people, the myth of Alraune is still present within them and although not as popular as other mythical beings, its an interesting topic to learn about.
Alraune Film , NTU