The Wendigo

Have you ever heard of it? The first time I encountered this mythical creature is in the video game Fallout 1 & 2. I Googled it and it turned out to be an interesting mythical creature which has many tales bound to it.

The wendigo is a mythical creature in the Algonquian Mythology. It is said to be a malevolent cannibalistic spirit who has the ability to transform into human form and the ability to possess humans. This legend is also known to reinforce cannibalism as taboo.

It was said to be an entity that resembles the cold and the north. In popular culture it is depicted to be a dog-like creature with antlers. However, according to sources related to the origin of this myth it looks more human than animal. It might be closer to a zombie than any other pop-culture beasts. The Wendigo is said to have ash-grey skin with bones pushing out. Its face wore sunken hollow eyes, red bloody lips and sharp yellowish fangs. You can probably be warned before hand that it is coming because it gives of the smell of a rotting carcass.

The Wendigo Psychosis


It was said that you are possessed by a wendigo spirit if you develop the desire to eat human flesh.

 

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Comment by Barry Flagg on June 20, 2012 at 12:29pm

I believe some (probably not much) truth comes out of myths.

Comment by Danny on June 23, 2012 at 10:36am

I agree with you Barry. Myths and folklore doesn't always give us facts, it just give us the an idea on other cultures' belief systems and stuff. It's kinda interesting for me.    

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