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The Mythical Creatures Thread

Discussion in 'GMD Social Forum' started by Funerary_Doom, Jul 15, 2018.

  1. Funerary_Doom

    Funerary_Doom My head is bloody, but unbowed.

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    I'll update the first post and add more and more mythical creatures as it comes. I figure I'm not the only person obsessed with this kind of stuff, and why not have a little database in case one day you get bored browsing this site and figure to read about some cool mythical creatures.

    I was watching The Terror and thought for a second that the show was about the Wendigo, though there are similarities it's not. I remember taking one class in which the professor mentioned the Wendigo Psychosis, which is a rather dramatic mental illness among the Algonquin based Native American tribes. It is described as an evil spirit or demonic entity that was able to possess humans and in some cases even transform into human being themselves. It is most commonly associated with the deepest winter-- a time of famine. A man (through hunger or personal failure) broke the taboo of eating human flesh. Possessed by an evil spirit, he became insatiably hungry no matter how much he ate. Sometimes the Wendigo Psychosis happened when food was available. Reportedly, it was localized in North Eastern American tribes and began to die out as soon as European anthropologists began documenting it.

    There was one story in particular of a Cree Indian man named Swift Runner in 1878 who lived in what is now present-day Alberta, Canada. He married, had a family of 6 children, traded with the Hudson's Bay Company, and later served as a guide for colonists. However, during the winter of 1878-1879 starvation and misery hit the Cree people. He became possessed by Wendigo Psychosis (characterized by hallucinations and impulses to consume people a mental illness anthologists have identified in several Canadian tribes). He murdered his wife and family, cooked, and ate their flesh. He was later arrested, brought to trial and sentenced to death.

    1. The Wendigo

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    Found in Algonquian legend, this mythical creature has been said to be seen in northern forests of the Atlantic coast and the Great Lakes region of the USA and Canada. While early Native American cultures spoke of the Wendigo as a spirit, eventually it took on the form of a beast. This beast could infect someone who became tainted by extreme greed or if they ate the flesh of another human being. The Wendigo was said to poison the minds of humans, turning them into a Wendigo, and forcing them to constantly crave the flesh of humans.

    The Wendigo is said to have a stag skull head, skin stretched impossibly tight over its bones, and sunken eyes. Additionally, whether in a beast form or spiritual entity, the Wendigo possesses supernatural abilities. These abilities include unnaturally large, fast, strong, and heightened senses. It is a hunter in which it stalks it's prey and seems to be immune to harsh climates. It can also mimic human voices to lure people from safety and driving them insane in the deep forest in order to possess them or eat them.

    In addition, once a Wendigo eats another person the Wendigo becomes as big as the person they ate, creating an even bigger appetite. Their hunger will never be satiated. According to myths, the longer the Wendigo walks the earth the stronger their powers become. An old Wendigo can change the weather or make it extremely dark before sunset. It can also manipulate other creatures in the forest and have them attack others on command. Additionally, its speed and strength grows with age as well as its ability to heal.

    Wendigo in movies/books: Stephen King's Pet Sematary (book and movie) and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Chapter 5) The Wendigo by Alvin Schwartz (On Halloween sometimes I'll pull this book out, and have my students follow along to an audio of one of the stories. Here's the audio for The Wendigo, the first time I've heard this creature was in this book as a child:
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  2. CiG

    CiG Salute of the Jugger

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    The Rainbow Serpent
    (aka Wagyl, Waugl, Waugal, Waugyl or Waagal)

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    I've always been fascinated by the general Aboriginal Australian mythos that I grew up hearing about etc but my favourite character in all the tales has always been Wagyl the central creator deity of the mythos. Unlike many people who feel as if science and facts tend to tarnish myths and legends, reading about the theory that the Rainbow Serpent is actually a deification of a serpent that lived during the period of Australia's megafauna only make it all the more interesting to me.

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    Theories have it that these snakes (potentially it was specifically Wonambi naracoortensis a serpent described as having some kind of hair around its face and neck, seen above^) lived in sun-traps located around the edges of watering holes and that they were given a place in Aboriginal mythos because of the fear tribespeople had at getting attacked while trying to use watering holes. These snakes would spring out of these sun-traps and eat the thirsty tribespeople and this also fed into the belief that the Rainbow Serpent fundamentally represented water and therefore represented creation of life and it is also believed that the Rainbow Serpent traveled across the land using the watering holes as portals to other locations.

    Here we see the common development of an animal being an existential threat to a civilization which gradually turns into a deity myth. For example, in many traditional Aboriginal belief systems the punishment for many moral crimes is that you'll be eaten by the Rainbow Serpent, the belly of Wagyl is as far as I know the closest thing you get to a Hell in Aboriginal mythos.

    Aboriginals have existed on the Australian continent for at least 60 thousand years so this means that this gigantic, megafauna serpent was ravaging tribespeople at least 60 thousand years ago and was hunted into extinction at least 60 thousand years ago. Fascinating!

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    Wagyl is specific to the Noongar tribes and Western Australian tribes in general, but it's interesting to see large serpents present in so many world mythos, like the world serpent Jörmungandr in Scandinavian mythos. Makes me wonder what kind of actual animals these myths are based on.

     
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    CiG Salute of the Jugger

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    Reminds me of the good olde days of VampireFreaks.
     
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    ... she would crush that little wimp harder than i did when i chased him away.
     
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    Dunno who that is just joined and found this lol
     
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    But yes I'd no doubt crush him with my big goth boobs lol
     
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    CiG Salute of the Jugger

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    Post a pic of yourself holding a sign that says "GMD is autistic."
     
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    No because my son has high needs non verbal autism so I don't find that very appropriate
     
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    that's what i meant ;)

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    Well apparently I don't have F cups it's just the cheap flimsy underbust I'm wearing in the photo that apparently makes my boobs look bigger. Not even fully boned fucking crack up
     
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    CiG Salute of the Jugger

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    @CiG what was so funny?

    a bunch of us here have "autistic tendencies" so its just an inside joke.
     
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    It's just that I didn't expect HBB's mother to join the site.
     
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