Also 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 gets.

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."

From "Wendigo"


Giant, cannibal, 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.


"A 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."

From "Wendigo"


"Well, there 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."

Joseph Campbell
The Way of Myth


"There is no such thing as moral phenomena, but only a moral interpretation of phenomena."

Frederich Nietzche
Beyond Good and Evil



"Nobody believes in the Spirits anymore. Doesn't mean they're not there.."

From "Wendigo"

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