What's scarier: a vampire, a werewolf or a wendigo?
Think horrific man-eating beast that was once human.
http://chrishibbard.wordpress.com/20...f-the-wendigo/It is quite widely accepted that the Wendigo is (or was) an evil Manitou, a dark spirit, the opposite of all things good. The evil spirit or bad Manitou that is incarnate in the giant monster variation of Wendigo is said to have been placed on Earth by the Creator just as humans and beavers were. According to legends, the Wendigo stalks many parts of the United States and Canada, ranging from the forests of Quebec, Minnesota and northern Alberta to the tundra and ice fields of Baffin Island and Labrador.
Its appearance can vary much like its name, yet many sources describe the Wendigo spirit as being a giant, a gigantic skeleton made of ice. In these stories, the Wendigo may have a tall and lanky body made of flexible ice, ranging in size from "higher than the treetops" to "twenty feet above the highest mountaintops." Others describe it as a walking corpse with long, stringy hair; and still more as with jaundiced skin covered in pale fur and even with a star on its forehead. In one variation of the story, the creature could only be seen if it faced the witness head-on, because it was so thin that it was invisible from the side. That few of the descriptions of the giant form of Windigo are identical may perhaps be due the "blind fear" that is supposed to overcome anyone who encounters such a horrific beast.
A more common description of the Wendigo is as such: humanoid in appearance, twenty to thirty feet tall with long arms, no lips, jagged teeth too big for its mouth (or yellowish canine fangs), an extended tongue and wicked claws on each hand. Very repulsive, this human-like Wendigo is said to be naked, covered in tree sap, moss and other swamp detritus, with skin stretched too tight over an emaciated frame and a from which huge red eyes glow like embers. The Wendigo fiend's visage is manlike but horrible beyond all imagining, so much so that to look directly upon it is to faint or be killed instantly. If not composed entirely of ice, then it either has a heart made of ice or ice flowing through its veins.
No matter the description however, these tales of the monstrous Wendigo, handed down via oral tradition from generation to generation for over 500 years, all have similarities.
The Wendigo is always cannibalistic and ever ravenous for the meat of the "long pig" or human. The more that it consumes, the bigger and more powerful it is said to grow; and the bigger it gets, the more it must consume to be satisfied. The Wendigo smells like rotting leaves or rotten meat, with a voice that ranges from a hypnotic whisper to a deafening roar, with foul breath that it exhales in loud, sinister hisses. It is most dangerous in the winter, though some tribes believe that it is particularly active in the spring, when there is no snow to reveal the tracks of its passage.
Wendigo are solitary beings; its name alone is translated (depending on the regional dialect) as "He Who Lives Alone", or "Spirit of the Lonely Places", though it is commonly also known as "Windwalker" in Minnesota and "The Evil Spirit That Devours Mankind" to the Inuit. Some Windigo can reportedly fly on the winds of a blizzard or walk across water without sinking, while others are merely stronger than a grizzly bear or can perfectly mimic human speech, which it uses to deceive its victims into a false sense of trust.
Oh really? I guess I was under the impression that they were humanoid beasties. Well there you go. That explains why I find them the most frighteningOriginally Posted by Rotoshave
Wendigos are humans, though... you're basic selfish, overconsumptive, don't care about anyone else type of human. Sounds like a lot of people I know.