Weendigo, Windigo: from the Manitou family of supernatural spirits
found in Ojibway Indian Mythology. Possibly from the words ween
dagoh which means "solely for self" or weenin n'd'igooh
which means "fat" or excess.
"The Wendigo is a mighty, powerful spirit. It can take on many
forms-- part wind, part tree-- part man, part beast-- shapeshifting
between them... ...
It can fly at you like a sudden storm, without warning, from nowhere,
and devour you, consume you with its ferocious appetite. The Wendigo
is hungry, always hungry. And its hunger is never satisfied. The
more it eats the bigger it gets. And the bigger it gets, the hungrier
It can grow as tall as the trees, and still it aches with hunger. And
we are hopeless in the face of it. We are devoured."
dwarf, blizzard, with a heart of ice, the face of a corps, a wolf,
a deer; the Wendigo is different in every depiction ... but at its
core, it signifies the evils of rapaciousness and a world out of
balance. And while histories and circumstances shift, the essence
of the Wendigo persists.
lot of people make up stories to make sense of the world. It's
a big world after all, and nobody really understands how it all
works. Now maybe ... It's comforting to think that the Wendigo
is, you know, responsible for all the bad stuff out there. That's
okay. That's what Myths are. They help us talk about stuff. But
it's important to know they're just stories, just myths, or you'll
be very disappointed when things don't come true that you're wishing."
are only two ways to misunderstand a myth and our civilization has
managed to do both. One is to think that the myth refers to a geographical
or historical fact -- Jesus rose from the dead ... that sort of
thing. The other is to think that the myth refers to a supernatural
fact, or to an actual event that's going to happen in the future
-- the resurrection of Jesus or the second coming. Our whole religious
tradition is based upon these two misunderstandings ... It's a terrible
tragedy. These misunderstandings of our myth have caused us to lose
the vocabulary of the spirit ... Gods are symbols, not facts."
The Way of Myth
"There is no such thing as moral phenomena, but only a moral interpretation
Beyond Good and Evil
"Nobody believes in the Spirits anymore. Doesn't mean they're