Are Wendigos Related To Werewolves?
Wendigos are rare malevolent vicious predatory cannibalistic eating machines that will completely devour any human in their path. They are quite intelligent, and diabolical in their way of luring humans into traps. However they are unable to speak due to larynx issues. All we hear are growls, grunts, and guttural sounds. Wendigos start out as weakened humans who are vulnerable to possession by an evil Native American spirit. Usually people who are always hungry. In ancient times it was people starving in the winter but more recently it’s been those on restrictive diets for the purposes of weight loss. However the Wendigo spirit still strikes in winter most often. The victims suffer from Wendigo psychosis, and develop an insatiable appetite for live, or freshly killed human flesh. Anything dead too long starts to activate a ghoul response since ghouls are formed by those partaking of rotted dead human flesh. Slowly but surely they go through the various Wendigo stages which is why they vary in appearance based on eye witness accounts. The early stages are that of deformed almost demonic looking human which gives way to a Werewolf like being, and eventually the final phase of a skinny wolf deer hybrid looking beast with antlers, and large long arms with sharp claws. At this point their body begins to rot even as their appetite grows. An appetite that is never satisfied. They become almost walking skeletons. Like zombies they eventually rot into nothingness no matter how much they devour. The shelf life of a Wendigo is said to be at least a quarter of a century which is far greater than a zombie life expectancy. Once they die the Wendigo spirit lives on to find a new victim, and the process starts over again. The original possessing Wendigo spirit eventually melds with the human to form one new Wendigo consciousness. So there are Wendigo spirits that are in fact dozens of people unified as one. We can only hope that these damned souls will be separated so they can move on to the afterlife someday.
Wendigos were actually originally born from deceased Werewolves. That’s why certain forms of Wendigo are sometimes mistaken for Werewolves. The Werewolf threat was becoming an epidemic in North America several centuries ago until the Native Americans embraced Lycanthropy, and made it their own via their own wolf packs. However they had to make sacrifices in order to accomplish this. They first prayed to the Great Spirit Gitche Manitou who refused to answer their pleas. Most likely he didn’t want to be apart of dealing with demonic based Werewolves. They also appealed to Nokomis, aka Mother Earth Goddess Gaia, who wanted to help but was most likely blocked by demonic forces. The Natives then went to Hanegoategeh, the spirit of evil, out of desperation. He granted the Native American medicine men the power to create controllable Werewolf packs within the tribes as protection against the rabid rage filled paranormal beasts that terrorized them. These special Werewolves could transform at will, and retain most of their human will in Werewolf form. The first of these Werewolves ended up developing a dual intertwined soul in order to stay conscious in Werewolf form. So the full energetic brunt of the demonic Werewolf persona had to go somewhere. When they Native’s died their human soul moved on to the afterlife while the Werewolf soul was left behind. Nobody foresaw this, and Hanegoategeh wasn’t about to warn anyone. In fact Hanegoategeh himself may have been a being from another dimension rather than a simple Native American spirit since Wendigos don’t have demonic DNA but rather something original, and unseen in other paranormal beings. However there are some Werewolf traits minus the demon elements. Hanegoategeh was responsible for the creation of the Wendigo so they must display some of his DNA to an extent. The DNA he would display if he took physical biological form. Wendigos are generally more powerful than Werewolves so this might indicate that Hanegoategeh comes from a race of beings more powerful than demons.
These disembodied Werewolf spirits were the first, and original Wendigo spirits. Spirits stuck in our plane of existence. In nature there is always a price to pay when tampering with the supernatural. The balance between good, and evil is always Universally kept. The Wendigo spirits tried to enter the bodies of other Werewolves but couldn’t tame a fellow beast already tied to a physical form. They then tried to possess common humans with little success. It just didn’t have the same punch as demon possession. The Wendigo spirits then experimented with entering the bodies of weakened humans. They found the highest success with hungry humans. Those starving in the winter due to scarcity of resources which is far less common in the modern world now. The spirits were naturals at fueling cannibalistic urges. Every time they got someone to eat human flesh it gave them an additional toe hold in the person, and allowed them to alter their DNA a bit. The original spirits intent was to become a Werewolf again. Instead they became Wendigos.
Unlike Werewolves Wendigos don’t transform back to humans. They remain Wendigos till the very bitter end. The complete transformation happens over the span of their relatively short lives. Like Werewolves they are affected by the full Moon. We see an increase in Wendigo activity under full Moons along with a power boost. It’s suggested that their transformation process accelerates during the full Moons as well. On average Wendigos tend to be stronger than Werewolves despite the Lycanthropes demonic DNA, and much more muscular frame. It could be due to the fact that they still have a human side while Wendigos are monstrous 24-7. They are also taller on average than Lycanthropes as well especially since they are primarily bipedal in nature.
Wendigos see humans as prey, and will stop at nothing to hunt them down with vengeance in order to quell their insane hungers. If you feel a Wendigo is afoot leave the area quickly! These paranormal predators have ultra enhanced strength, speed, agility, and senses as well. There is also some evidence that the Wendigo spirit can project itself from it’s body temporarily to cause Wendigo psychosis which will drive you temporarily insane at the least. If one is close enough to bite, or scratch you it’s not likely you’d even survive. If you did then you would develop the deadly Wendigo Sickness for a time which would manifest as flu like symptoms, hallucinations, and a hankering for human flesh. Although you most likely would not turn into a Wendigo you should expect to meet your maker unless you treat yourself with various herbal measures, and colloidal silver.
Since Wendigos are not demon based most religious artifacts don’t work as repellants. Only the religion of the Algonquian peoples has some what of an effect since they are the originators of the Wendigo spirits. The only known repellent is to hang any type of dead flesh on yourself. This can be as simple as some slice of deli meat. Wendigos loath rotting flesh even when they are ironically rotting in their later stages. This is why you won’t find them anywhere near graveyards, or mortuaries. They also avoid zombies like the black plague. Consumption of rotted human corpses won’t reverse Wendigopy. In the early stages it will push them toward ghoulhood, and in the later stages is will hyper accelerate their rotting process. The only way to eradicate a Wendigo is to rip it’s heart of black supernatural ice from it’s chest, and shatter it. Stakes won’t do it. Then the corpse must immediately be burnt in flames blessed by a special Algonquian Native American ritual. If this happens properly then the humans intertwined in the Wendigo spirit will be released to find peace in the afterlife. The Wendigo will truly cease to exist rather than haunting another hungry victim!