Monsters from United States of America Mythology

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Monsters from United States of America Mythology

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26 Mar 2010, 19:37 #1

Well, basically this is a palce to put down examples of monsters from American mythology, whether they be the Fearsome Critters of Tall-tale legend, the creatures of Native American myth, creatures of African-American folklore, cryptids, and other, stranger things. I can't really think of any at the moment.
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26 Mar 2010, 19:42 #2

Unfortunatly, we don't really have as much stuff as Japan or China, but we still have some things if you study closely.
The wendigo is a popular one. Its been told to turn people into zombies, werewolves, ect. Its mostly been described as a furry creature, but you can also find examples of it being a living animal carcass or bones. : D
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26 Mar 2010, 20:02 #3

The Fearsome Critters are awesome.
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26 Mar 2010, 23:09 #4

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26 Mar 2010, 23:33 #5

Does Sasquatch count?
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27 Mar 2010, 00:08 #6

The United States don't have much in the way of a mythology mostly because we're such a young culture. We didn't go through a phase where we believed in monsters everywhere, so the closest thing we have are ghost stories, a few cryptids, and intentional "tall tales" that nobody really believed, like the aforementioned hoopsnake. My favorite of those is the squonk:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squonk

If Native American folklore counts, of course, then there's all sorts of great stuff. There was

If I remember correctly, Wendigo was almost always described as hairless, usually humanoid and either skeletal or nearly so. Somehow it's been twisted into a big werewolf thing in modern culture :(

If Native American folklore counts, the Cherokees have legends of "Tlanusiyi," meaning "Place of the Giant Leech." It's a real river where the water at one point forms a frothy, extremely deadly whirlpool against some massive rocks. The legends say that a giant red leech lives beneath it, and sucks people down and drowns them only to eat their ears, nose and eyes (really just the first parts fish will chew off by the time a corpse washes ashore). There are stories of the leech being hunted, which even describe how it balls up as big as a house before stretching out as big as a bridge.

There's ANOTHER giant leech in Native American myth called Weewilmekq (probably not the right spelling). It was said to be green, covered in red checker marks (matching some real species, actually), and had multiple horns around its head. It's only named and described in the legend of a heroic shaman who took on its form to defeat another shaman who had transformed into a huge snake. The snake was bigger, but the horns of the leech caught in its throat and killed it easily.
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27 Mar 2010, 00:09 #7


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27 Mar 2010, 00:16 #8

Am-Indian leeches are intense things indeed.


Ronald McDonald is pretty damn monstrous, but I can't for the life of me remember who the hairy chap there is...
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27 Mar 2010, 01:04 #9

scythemantis @ Mar 27 2010, 12:08 AM wrote: If I remember correctly, Wendigo was almost always described as hairless, usually humanoid and either skeletal or nearly so. Somehow it's been twisted into a big werewolf thing in modern culture :(
From what I've read, the original Wendigo was a pale, skeletal, humanoid, covered in coarse hair, with burning eyes, a lolling dark-blue tongue, and only a single toe on each foot.
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27 Mar 2010, 01:57 #10

Jesus lizard @ Mar 27 2010, 12:16 AM wrote: Am-Indian leeches are intense things indeed.


Ronald McDonald is pretty damn monstrous, but I can't for the life of me remember who the hairy chap there is...
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27 Mar 2010, 01:59 #11

My home sate of Missouri has the Ozark howler winch is a mix of native Mississippians tribes stories and local stories, Basically it a cat with horns that howl hold. Most people think that the Ozark bear is behind the howler myths and sightings. We also have Momo winch is like big foot but with a pumpkin for a head. While other have described it has a a harry humanoid about eight feet tall, completely covered in hair with a round pumpkin shaped head. I prefer the version were it is head is a pumpkin not pumpkin shaped version.



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27 Mar 2010, 02:56 #12

Gremlins were invented by the British Royal Air Force.
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27 Mar 2010, 03:24 #13

The Wendigo is awesome because its essentially the spirit of cannibalism and the wickedness of a cold winter. Basically when you eat someone, BAM!, you get imbued with an evil nature spirit; giving you powers over cold and wind and some animals.

Also, in some legends it eats its own lips for some reason.


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27 Mar 2010, 03:29 #14

Well, I found a neat little book online on some great, mostly obscure, fearsome critters. My favorite is the Gumberoo. It's a hairless, exploding bear. What's there not to love?

Edit: Also,there's the flying head, which is basically a giant flying head with long shaggy hair, knife-blade teeth and either bat wings or wings made out of its own hair.
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27 Mar 2010, 04:00 #15

Chupacabra @ Mar 27 2010, 03:24 AM wrote: The Wendigo is awesome because its essentially the spirit of cannibalism and the wickedness of a cold winter. Basically when you eat someone, BAM!, you get imbued with an evil nature spirit; giving you powers over cold and wind and some animals.

Also, in some legends it eats its own lips for some reason.
There's a real mental disorder where you can't resist eating all of your own flesh you can reach, with the lips and tongue the first to go : [

Wendigo was originally always described as skeletal or nearly so and completely hairless, dunno how it evolved into a fancy werewolf more recently...
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