Monday, April 10, 2017

Canadian Monsters!

Bigfoot is not the only elusive creature said to roam the Canadian wilds...

By Tara MacIsaac , Epoch Times

In Beyond Science, Epoch Times explores research and accounts related to phenomena and theories that challenge our current knowledge. We delve into ideas that stimulate the imagination and open up new possibilities. Share your thoughts with us on these sometimes-controversial topics in the comments section below.

Canada has its own version of the Loch Ness Monster. It also has age-old legends and modern sightings of various other creatures—creatures often terrifying not only because they are mysterious, but also because they are said to be malevolent toward humans.

As with Bigfoot (known as Sasquatch in Canada), these creatures lurk on the periphery. Some people relegate them to the realm of myth, fancy, and attention-seeking hoaxes. Others maintain a strong belief in their existence and sightings are continually reported.

‘Wendigo, wendigo, its eyes are ice and indigo …’

Perhaps foremost among these creatures is the wendigo. The wendigo goes by various names across different Native tribes, and it is also told of by Native peoples in the United States, particularly in the northern states, close to Canada. It is a ghoulish creature, man-eating.

Its skin is said to be yellowish, sallow, and taut. It is much taller than humans, 15 feet or so by some accounts, with long, yellowed fangs and a long, lolling tongue.

It is said to be a solitary creature. Its name in various dialects means “he who lives alone,” or “evil spirit who devours mankind.” The wendigo has long been connected with insanity, particularly in people who have lost their rationality as a result of being immersed in evil occult arts.

Windigo (another variation on the spelling of wendigo) psychosis is described by as “a culture-specific syndrome of some Canadian autochthones, consisting of delusions of being transformed into a cannibalistic monster called a windigo, or wittigo. The sufferer also experiences agitation, depression, and fears about inability to control sadistic impulses.”

In history, tribal laws held that insane people troubled by bad spirits must be killed, otherwise they could become cannibalistic wendigo. Wendigo trials are a chapter in the history of colonial-Native relations in Canada.

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