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Friday, April 19, 2024

Father's DOPPELGANGER Raises Troubling Questions For the Eyewitness

A boy is at his kitchen table waiting for his mother to pour him a glass of milk. He then notices his father, but it isn't actually him. Was it a doppelganger, and did it contribute to a later incident? 

I received the following account:

"I can only assume what I and my mom encountered was a doppelganger. Before I start my story, my dad used to work at night. Anyway, when I was around 10 years old I lived in a townhouse with my mom and dad (up until my mom passed away less than a couple months later) and she was pouring me some milk in the kitchen like every other night and I was winding down for school the next day. There was nothing scary about this night and I was just waiting for my mom to pour milk and looking out into our living room in front of me looking at things and just waiting.

However, as my head swivels from looking around my dad appeared in front of a closet door in our living room. It didn't scare me at first since I just assumed it was my dad, but looking back there was no noise ever made. Our doors and floors creaked and with how quiet it was we would have heard anyone moving around. However, what was so scary about it was that "my dad" was just standing there and staring at us from across the room. I still was under the impression this was my dad but the longer he kept standing there and staring at me the scarier it got. He didn't move an inch, didn't blink, and the longer I kept looking at him I noticed his eyes were too small. They were wide open but small enough to where it looked wrong.

I remember I started to blink and rub my eyes because I thought maybe I was seeing things, but it just kept standing there for a good minute longer until it disappeared after a blink. No noise at all. There was no way considering it disappeared in a blink for it to have humanly moved that fast without making some kind of sound. The only way it could have disappeared as fast as it did was if it slammed the door shut behind it.

I remember how terrified I was at that point and looking to my mom to see if she saw it too but when she didn't say anything and so I assumed I just hallucinated it. That was until a few years ago I was telling my dad about that night and he told me my mom had also seen it, but due to her mental health problems and me not saying anything to her (or him) about it (I hadn't said anything when I looked at her) he dismissed it as a hallucination. Nothing quite like that has ever happened to me again, but that experience was why I couldn't sleep without a light on for years.

Before that day I was not afraid of the dark, I didn't believe in ghosts (didn't even understand people could actually die at that point and was not really exposed to religion and not recently either). Every night after that incident until we moved I was petrified to even sleep in my room.

I feel that I need to mention that my mother, because of her mental illness, took her own life. I now wonder if that strange incident contributed to her demise." U

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The wendigo has been misappropriated from its original context in Algonquin folklore. The word "Wendigo" roughly means “The Evil Spirit Who Devours Mankind.” Originally it was depicted as a cannibal ice giant and cautionary tale relevant to the realities of Algonquin life. Euro-American popular culture mutilated it into what may only be described as a "zombie-were-deer."

First, the Algonquin monster has relevance to their traditional way of life. Their culture was reliant on teamwork, so selfishness is a deadly sin to them, and the wendigo is the ultimate embodiment of that.

Secondly, wendigo psychosis is a real mental illness and was historically used as a justification to destroy the Algonquin culture. There are written accounts in the last two centuries of people suffering from this illness being murdered by their peers.

So then, how was the Wendigo tale altered? This goes back over a century to Algernon Blackwood's story "The Wendigo." The story does not depict a Wendigo but seems to get it confused with the Inuit (not Algonquin) creature Ijiraq and possibly the Tariaksuq. In the story, the monster burns away a victim's feet with friction, while in myth the Ijiraq is sometimes described as stripping the flesh off its victim's shins and if it survives then it becomes a faster runner. The Ijiraq is otherwise described as a trickster who kidnaps children or lures hunters by pretending to be caribou. So, it is easy to assume Blackwood read about the Ijiraq and then twisted the details for his own story.

Now Euro-American popular culture takes the name of an Algonquin cannibal ice giant and applies it to a zombie-were-deer; it has been utterly stripped of its original context and symbolism. I doubt there will ever be much push-back against the zombie-wear-deer version since it has been burned into popular culture at this point.

Now, that being stated, I'm going to present several modern-day accounts that some of the witnesses described as the ‘Wendigo.' Then you can determine what the creature in the report is. Is it an original folktale of the cannibal ice giant or something a bit more contemporary?


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