Wendigo Mythology – Know Your Monsters

The Wendigo is a beast created by Algonquian tribes. I fist found out about Wendigo’s when I watched Super Natural Years ago. A beast that started as a man was intriguing to me. I had to look more into it. I really like this monsters and I hope you enjoy the lore about it below. this is a best that all man could potential become. Which makes it very appealing to my imagination.

The 3 primary known tribes who built the Wendigo lore/mythos are the Cree, Ojibwa, and Montagnais.  The Ojibwa tribe described the Wendigo to be, “Gaunt to the point of emaciation, its desiccated skin pulled tautly over its bones. With its bones pushing out against its skin, its complexion the ash gray of death, and its eyes pushed back deep into their sockets, the Wendigo looked like a gaunt skeleton recently disinterred from the grave. What lips it had were tattered and bloody. Unclean and suffering from suppurations of the flesh, the Wendigo gave off a strange and eerie odour of decay and decomposition, of death and corruption.”

To me the Wendigo is an interesting monster. It’s got a deep history in Native American lore which pulls it out of the common monsters we see these days which are primarily from space or some supernatural element we brought to the new world from Europe. I guess he could almost be like a more interesting, albeit evil version of bigfoot of used right.

The Wendigo is a horrifying cannibalistic beast that east humans. In an interesting twist the Wendigo can, in some versions of the lore, take the form of humans and infiltrate the tribes. Which makes him feel like a super boogie man to me.

In the Algonquian tribes, humans who engage in cannibalism will turn into a Wendigo all time. The Abenaki tribe which was located around Maine and the parts of Canada just north of Maine had a lore around the Wendigo that it was a beast that would cook it’s victims feet first and slowly eat them. So that no only did the victim watch this happen but near by campers would have to hear the victims screams.

 

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5 Comments

  1. I was in high school when I read Algernon Blackwood’s The Wendigo. The screams of the monster’s victims got into my head: “My feet of fire! My burning feet of fire!”

    I get shivers just thinking about it!

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  2. I first heard the term Wendigo from Final Fantasy, since it’s a fairly common monster in FFVIII. Then , oddly enough, I was reminded of them during a My Little Pony (the new one) episode, which prompted me to look it up. That research inspired a brief article comparing them to the Others/White Walkera in George R R Martin’s magnum opus A Song of Ice and Fire. I love the lines that can be drawn between different stories through mythology and folklore. GRRM’s work and the FF series are rife with Lovecraft references and influences.

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