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Wendigos

The wendigo of Algonquian mythology is a malevolent, cannibalistic spirit into which humans can transform or which can possess humans. Those who have indulged in cannibalism or succumbed to greed are thought to be particularly susceptible. It is said that whenever wendigos eat someone, they grow larger in proportion to the meal they have just had. Thus, though wendigos are constantly gorging themselves, they remain emaciated from starvation and are never full. What is windigo psychosis? More...
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Wendigos
The wendigo of Algonquian mythology is a malevolent, cannibalistic spirit into which humans can transform or which can possess humans. Those who have indulged in cannibalism or succumbed to greed are thought to be particularly susceptible. It is said that whenever wendigos eat someone, they grow larger in proportion to the meal they have just had. Thus, though wendigos are constantly gorging themselves, they remain emaciated from starvation and are never full.
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Wendigo (comics)

Wendigo (occasionally: Wen-Di-Go) is a fictional monster appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Marvel character is based on the Wendigo legend of the Algonquian peoples. The monster first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #162 (April 1973), created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Herb Trimpe, fighting the Incredible Hulk in the Wendigo's first comic book appearance.

The Wendigo is not one specific person, but instead is the manifestation of a curse that can strike anyone who commits an act of cannibalism in the Canadian north woods. Originally only one person can become the Wendigo at the time, which has led to one Wendigo being cured if another person was struck with the curse. In later years it has been revealed that a pack of Wendigos lived in the Bering Strait. At one point the Wendigo curse infected the Hulk, turning him into Wendihulk, although he was later cured.

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The Wendigo first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #162 (April 1973), and was created by Steve Englehart and Herb Trimpe. Englehart recalled, "I knew about the legend of the Wendigo, and thought, between his strength and his sad story, that he sounded like a good Hulk opponent."

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Powers and abilities

The Wendigo possesses a variety of superhuman physical abilities as a result of transformation by an ancient mystical curse. The curse causes anyone that ingests the flesh of another human, while within the Canadian wilderness, to transform into the Wendigo.

The Wendigo possesses superhuman physical strength of an unknown limit. It is known that the Wendigo possesses sufficient strength to go toe-to-toe with the Incredible Hulk.

Aside from its vast strength, the tissues of the Wendigo's body are considerably stronger than those of a human being, providing it with superhuman durability. A Wendigo's body can resist high caliber machine gun rounds without sustaining injury. If a Wendigo is injured, it can recover from the physical trauma with tremendous speed and efficiency, giving rise to the quote "strike him down and he shall only rise again". The dense fur covering the Wendigo's body grants it immunity to the harsh conditions of the extreme cold weather common in the areas in which the Wendigo has appeared. The Wendigo can be rendered unconscious by sufficient force, such as severe physical injury and trauma, but it has even been able to regenerate from being completely disemboweled. It has even survived its heart being ripped from its chest.[12] However, consumption of a removed heart will confer all powers and even the form of the Wendigo on whoever consumes it. It is not known what effect psionic attacks would have on or against a Wendigo.

Despite the Wendigo's great size, it can run at speeds greater than that of an Olympic level athlete. The enhanced musculature of the Wendigo generates less lactic acid than the muscles of a human being, granting it superhuman levels of stamina.

The Wendigo's fingers and toes are tipped with razor sharp, retractable claws that are capable of piercing even the Hulk's skin, a feat usually reserved for adamantium, due to a combination of the toughness of the claws and the Wendigo's massive physical strength.

Even though each Wendigo was once a human being, in most cases very little is left of the person it once was. It possesses little intelligence and can be considered non-sentient, and with the exception of brief and rare instances, is unable to remember things about its former life. It also lacks the ability to speak anything other than its own name, which it often will yell and repeat during its attacks. Sorcerers such as Mauvais and Lorenzo have been able to avoid this aspect of the curse, using magic to gain the power of the Wendigo while keeping their intelligence and the power of speech.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendigo_(comics)
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Windigo psychosis in northern Alkonians

It is talking about Indians that once they obtained this disorder they believed they would become Windigos themselves. It was mostly caused by the lack of food because of being trapped in their shelters during the winter. The symptoms begin with melancholia, depression, insomnia, and hallucinations. This leads to a depression state. They begin to crave human flesh and believe that if they eat human flesh they will be freed from this disorder. In too many cases this lead to cannibalism.

This case is believe to have a cultural, social, and physical causes. From lack of necessary food and proper socialization with people to keep from believing the antics of eating humans and becoming a windigo. But it also has to do with their culture they believed in their stories about the Windigo and believed they controlled this disorder, they believed it was an evil spirit that had possessed them and made them think this way. The biological dimensions of this disorder are basic, a need for survival and for socialization. It also stated on the last page that there was high dependency on trade goods, which could not be delivered in the snow.

The treatments were not stated but I could assume being in an Indian culture that the treatments would be seeing their healer possibly having herbs burned and being chanted at along with speaking to the spirits to see the root of the problem. An American solution for the problem would be storing more food and make sure it covers all dietary supplements needed to thrive through the long winters.

This was often evaluated by seeing someone secluding from their family and being aggressive. In the article it states a case where the locals reported and killed their own brother/son because he was “acting mad.” It was surprising the over whelming cases that got as far as cannibalism, and once they killed and ate they could not stop. These cases could not be caught until it was too late, people in this culture must of been very well at hiding their feeling from others. It also stated there was several cases of suicide because people could not live with themselves always craving human flesh and could not bring themselves to killing/eating a loved one.

Williams, Thomas , and Charles Bishop. “Northern Algonkian Cannibalism and Windigo Psychosis.” Psychological Anthropolgy: 237-248. http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=H80-pdBKzM4C&oi=fnd&pg=PA237&dq=windigo+psychosis+scholarly+article&ots=ujrx1b8vVk&sig=gBEtLz7MVunQrGfRP-E7a_rV1MU#v=onepage&q&f=false (accessed July 18, 2014).

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Wendigos
The wendigo of Algonquian mythology is a malevolent, cannibalistic spirit into which humans can transform or which can possess humans. Those who have indulged in cannibalism or succumbed to greed are thought to be particularly susceptible. It is said that whenever wendigos eat someone, they grow larger in proportion to the meal they have just had. Thus, though wendigos are constantly gorging themselves, they remain emaciated from starvation and are never full. What is windigo psychosis?
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For all the fans of Supernatural Series take a look at this link about Wendigos in the Supernatural's Mythology
http://supernatural.wikia.com/wiki/Wendigo

This mythological creature shows up in the second episode of the very first season of this series.
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