- North American Mythology
The Wendigo comes from mythology that is technically folklore from the First Nations hundreds of years ago. Regions that would become Canada and the United States spoke of a creature or evil spirit that was either in the East Coast of America or the forests of Canada. Sometimes, it was located in the Great Plains or Great Lakes regions too. It is claimed that Wendigos are malevolent spirits, often appearing in human-like form and even possess humans.
Of course, a Wendigo invokes greed or hunger that cannot ever be fulfilled. That results in the spirit forcing its possessed body to cannibalize other humans and force that human to commit murders. Native American portrayals described Wendigos as giant humanoids with a horrible odor, heart of ice, and icy chill when it came near. Likely influenced by other stories, later representations claimed Wendigos were human/beast hybrids. This is where antlers or horns were first added to the creature.