Mythical Creatures We Don’t Want To See

The Wendigo

The Wendigo is a demonic spirit believed by Algonquin-based Native American tribes to possess humans and turn them into cannibals. The creature or spirit could either possess characteristics of a human or a monster that had physically transformed from a person. The “monster” version of the mythical creature is human-like, but very tall and gaunt, with deeply sunken eyes and yellowish, decaying skin.  They are impossibly thin and have an unending hunger that craves only human flesh. The best known way to become a Wendigo is through cannibalism.  By eating another human being, even out of necessity for survival, a human can be overcome by these spirits and be transformed into one.  The fear of turning into this creature was so strong that it was preferable to kill one’s self rather than resort to cannibalism.