The Wendigo is a monster from North American mythology with an unquenchable hunger and a penchant for cannibalism.
Where it’s from
Myths of the Wendigo come from Native American people in North America and Canada. Most of the time, the Wendigo is thought to have once been a human who succumbed to intense hunger and turned to cannibalism. The myths are strongly associated with winter, starvation, famine, etc.
Apparently, this is a real disease. Its a culture-bound syndrome where the sufferer has an intense desire to eat human flesh, even if other food is right there. But becoming a Wendigo was a big no-no, and a lot of people asked to be executed when they started craving human flesh in order to stop the transformation. Of course, with the coming of modern culture and technology (even back in pioneer days), the Wendigo psychosis syndrome started to taper off. But there’s still good evidence that says it existed.
How it dies
The easy way involves burning the Wendigo alive. Of course, with their extremely honed hunter skills, this isn’t exactly easy. The hard way involves chopping off their head, staking their heart, burring the heart in a silver box, and dismembering the Wendigo. Legend says that if this process wasn’t done properly, the Wendigo could return. I’d go with the burning alive, but that’s just me.
Well, now you know the Wendigo. Ha, see what I did there? Anyway, have fun with your legends. Check out the wikipedia page for some more resources and write away. I’m having a hard time finding a way to make the Wendigo a good guy, but I’ve seen it done so imagine to your heart’s content.
As always, share away and let others know that if they start craving human flesh, they may suffer from Wendigo Psychosis…