Wendigo – T.F. Walsh’s Kick-Ass Mythology

 

WENDIGO

Going into the woods just got terrifying. This creature is unnaturally large, fast, and strong. It has heightened senses and is a hunter, immune to the harshest of climates. The scary part is that it stalks its prey, mimicking human voices.

A Wendigo or ‘Windigo’ is a demonic spirit with an unending hunger for human flesh. According to Native American folklore and the Algonquian people, this creature will possess humans and turn them into cannibals to feed their insatiable hunger. The evil spirit is often described as human-like, but taller and incredibly thin. They are said to have glowing yellow eyes, long fangs and decaying flesh. The term ‘Wendigo’ can be used to describe both the demonic spirit and a possessed human. 

According to legend, a human will become a Wendigo when they devour another human. Even faced with starvation, consuming another person would allow these evil spirits to take a body. Many Algonquian people were so fearful of turning into this creature that they would rather perish than resort to cannibalism. Wendigos are mostly found throughout the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Region in the United States and Canada. Be sure to pack emergency snacks if you are ever traveling the region in case you get lost with your friend.

The Wendigo have been depicted in a number of films and television series, such as Ravenous and Supernatural. They also appear in role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons.

Did you know? In the beginning of the 20th century, a Cree man accused of killing a woman pleaded guilty by insisting the woman was on the verge of transforming into a wendigo.

References: Gods and MonstersWikipedia | Ancient Origins

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