56 minutes | Oct 28th 2020

Halloween Part 4: Wendigos of Algonquin Folklore

In this week's episode of Better Than Human, Amber and Jennifer dive right into our topic of the terrifying , blood-curdling Wendigo. The wendigo is a mythological creature born from the folklore of the First Nations Algonquin tribes located in the Great Lakes Region of Canada and Wisconsin. It is a monstrous malicious spirit that can possess a human being and turned them into a flesh-eating monster. Gaunt to the point of emaciation, with desiccated skin pulled tightly over its bones, skin colored ash-gray, and sunken coal like eyes, a wendigo invokes murder, insatiable greed, and uncontrolled hunger for human flesh. 

The belief in Wendigos and Europeans confusing First Nations folklore, lead to Wendigo psychosis, a hotly debated medical diagnosis. Listen as we cover the most famous documented causes of this psychosis and more. 

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