We’re back to North America this week. I tried to find some art that isn’t too macabre, but a lot of windigo art seems to be fairly horrific.
The Wendigo / Windigo
The windigo is a cannibalistic supernatural creature with a desiccated body resembling a corpse that lacks lips and eyes. The windigo’s hunger can never be satiated, and it’s forever starving, looking for the next meal as soon as it has consumed the last. Sometimes the winidigo is described as a giant, that grows every time it eats a meal.
Humans are purported to turn into windigo’s if they participate in cannibalism. The Algonquian peoples believe it is better to commit suicide during famine, than eat the flesh of another human.The windigo myth may have serve to reinforce the taboo against cannibalism.
- Windigo – An Ojibwa folktale from the Canadian Northwest Territories
- The Wendigo – Various descriptions of the wendigo.
- The Wendigo of the North Woods – Bibliography has links to more information.
Related creatures: werewolf, bigfoot
Region of origin: North America, Algonquian tribes
I seem to be finding more malevolent creatures than benevolent ones as I do this series. Hopefully next time I’ll have something a little more cute and fuzzy for you. I could sure use a dose of it!