This week we take a peek into one of the more famous legends of the Algonquin tribe, the Wendigo.
The Wendigo, or Windigo in some translations, is a tale prevalent in the Northern United States and Canada. It is viewed by some as a demonic spirit capable of either possessing a human or taking the form of one. Other legends claim that people are cursed to become the creature by the simple tasting of human flesh. The latter version of the legend depicts the creature as over fifteen feet tall and gaunt with deeply sunken glowing eyes, an overly long tongue, yellowed fangs, and yellowing skin, either in the process of decay or covered in fur. They are almost impossibly thin with an unending hunger for human flesh. There are also some who claim that the creature is so thin that you can only see it when you are looking at it directly in the face. It is believed that to become one of these creatures is so terrible, you are better off killing yourself than to resort to cannibalism, even when your survival depends on it.
These tales are commonplace in locations where a combination of food scarcity and long harshly cold winters make survival a dire challenge. There are even some reported cases where people with access to ample food supplies become so overwhelmed with desire for human flesh, they will kill their own family for it. These cases are what psychologists refer to as “Wendigo Psychosis”.
Sightings of the beast still occur to this day, mostly in the northern Minnesota plains and in Canada. Some see it as a simple superstition or warning to dissuade people from the practice of cannibalism. Others say that the creature lives on; killing any it comes across. For those of you enjoying a campout this summer, be careful when wandering in the woods, lest you become the Wendigo’s next meal.
Until next time Addicts…