Culture Bound Syndrome Essay
In today's society these cases are believed to have never existed or that if they once did, they no longer do. Most modern cases are attributed to paranoia, where the person who as committed such acts of violence or cannibalism is trying to escape persecution. The most recent outbreak of "windigo psychosis" as referred to by psychologists, was in the 1970's. During the outbreak patients showed signs of cannibalistic tendencies, they were violent, and were afflicted with severe antisocial behavior.
Canada has had many accounts of windigo trials. One such trial occurred in the settler days of the late 18th century, when explorer David Thompson documented what he witnessed in the Lake of the Woods region. Thompson stated "A young Indian hunter announced to everyone's surprise that he had a strong inclination to eat his sister, and that he would do anything he must to have human flesh. Alarmed, the band council came to the decision that the man must die, executed by his father. When informed of the resolution that was chosen, the Indian hunter was