I'm Cold and Hungry

Sunday, December 18, 2005


Wikipedia:


The Wendigo was usually presumed to have once been human. Different origins of the Wendigo are described in variations of the myth. A hunter may become the Wendigo when encountering it in the forest at night, or when becoming possessed by its spirit in a dream. When the cannibalistic element of the myth is stressed, it is assumed that anyone who eats corpses in a famine becomes a Wendigo as a result. The only way to destroy a Wendigo is to melt its heart of ice.

Perhaps this myth was used as a deterrent and cautionary tale among northern tribes whose winters were long and bitter and whose hunting parties often were trapped in storms with no recourse but to consume members of their own party. It could be indicative of starvation that the Wendigo is said to consume moss and other unpalatable food when human flesh is unavailable. Its physical deformities are suggestive of starvation and frostbite. So the Wendigo may be a myth based on a personification of the hardships of winter and the taboo of cannibalism.

Actual Wendigo murder trials took place in Canada around the beginning of the 20th century. The anthropologist Morton Teicher has described the alleged clinical condition of believing oneself to be a Wendigo, which he calls Windigo Psychosis (note the spelling in this context: Windigo, rather than Wendigo).


4 comments:

The Lazy Iguana said...

So....who did you eat?

b1alpha said...

great picture of you.

I can realy feel the pain a Wendigo might be feeling in that. Not only because I am one but because I think you realy captured the cold feeling in that photo, which is darn scary, I know I sure dont want to be outside with you lookin like that. Mind you I find the cold to cause more of a frantic flight, then peacefull sensation. I guess a wendigo gets the fight response instead, you can expect no person in their right mind considers going to the north if they have never been there before and hears those rumors. Not unless they are real men, which explains why northern men are so brave and strong. I think im going to move to the North, Whitehorse style...

thedeviluno said...

Truly it isnt easy being a Barbarian. I cannot imagine a world in which I am safe from natures cold frost bitten kiss. Bring on the pain.

b1alpha said...

Have ya seen the movie? Wendigo