Mythology Matters - Wendigo Origins - Extra Mythology - #2

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Did you know that the Wendigo myth can be thought of as a warning against overconsumption of the natural world? We talk about this and other fun facts that we didn't really get to cover in our animated Wendigo episode!
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  1. Extra Credits

    Extra Credits6 months ago

    Help us make Extra Mythology a *weekly* show!

  2. c a n i g e t a d a m n h u g ? U

    c a n i g e t a d a m n h u g ? UMonth ago

    So colonialists were metaphorically wendigos.

  3. Kirsty Fairley

    Kirsty Fairley2 months ago

    Extra Credits-If you're still looking for ideas for the show there's plenty of fascinating legends we grow up with here in Scotland. There's one in particular that's pretty terrifying about a cannibal named Sawney Bean & his family.

  4. Roxor128

    Roxor1286 months ago

    Could you turn it into its own channel, while you're at it? It's just better organisation to have each show on its own channel. Especially if they each have their own Patreon feed.

  5. Niranjan Aniruddha Bhor

    Niranjan Aniruddha Bhor6 months ago

    There is abundance of knowledge in the world like the oceans you can't drink it all up but you can explore it....

  6. Niranjan Aniruddha Bhor

    Niranjan Aniruddha Bhor6 months ago

    @fire is awesome yes but there is always a start somewhere....they created Japanese mythology episode that many in the world may not know about but here we are...

  7. Alan G. Bandala

    Alan G. Bandala18 days ago

    Well, the original Wendigo haven't horns

  8. XDman r o c k

    XDman r o c k14 days ago

    Its a myth. You will never know.

  9. gяιмм яєαρєя

    gяιмм яєαρєя21 day ago

    Fucking hate wendigos mate , the only mythical creatures that scare the shit out of me

  10. DragonLovingGirl6

    DragonLovingGirl6Month ago

    I love this. The conversation of how people shaped the myth, and how the myth shaped them.

  11. Graeme B

    Graeme BMonth ago

    this seems very important myth for the period of the beaver wars where the Iroquois took over land in the eastern great lakes and drove out the ottawa miami, and other Algonquin tribes forcing them eastward into Michigan and Superior and struggling for finite resources.

  12. SuperKing604

    SuperKing604Month ago

    Okay better shirt and button situation your almost fully buttoned

  13. Ped0Peng

    Ped0Peng2 months ago

    Holy crap it's critical

  14. AJMitchell

    AJMitchell2 months ago

    Hi Keanu Reeves

  15. Lobo Muffin

    Lobo Muffin2 months ago

    Do Scandinavian myths please

  16. Lisa Davison

    Lisa Davison3 months ago

    One question, how did they grow horns

  17. Kaughner

    Kaughner3 months ago

    In Omaha tribe there's a lot of strange creatures like shadow people

  18. Ahnika Sailor

    Ahnika Sailor3 months ago

    Yay I'm scared of going hunting with my tribe

  19. Matt Towns

    Matt Towns4 months ago

    Can you do some Aussie monsters?

  20. Bryce McKenzie

    Bryce McKenzie4 months ago

    Wow. This is so interesting to see how the culture changed with history

  21. Magma studios

    Magma studios4 months ago

    Mothman. Great topic

  22. pippin newman

    pippin newman4 months ago

    gone wendigo greed apocalypse a wall street wall will not melt our hearts - global warming might just unite us flood them with love mother(s) nature

  23. Nelson Martinez

    Nelson Martinez4 months ago


  24. Roman Tribunella

    Roman Tribunella5 months ago

    This might be kind of weird, and I can't imagine why it comes to mind, but do you happen to be a fan of Dune?

  25. Raw Content

    Raw Content5 months ago

    Nevermind, I just found it....I really need sleep

  26. Casual Guy

    Casual Guy5 months ago

    The ideas of a society only represent the material reality. It's called dialectical materialism.

  27. The Mystic Ninja

    The Mystic Ninja5 months ago

    did you know theres a wendigo in fallout 76 along with other things like moth man

  28. sonictimm

    sonictimm5 months ago

    Sounds like a self-fulfilling prophecy. When you're told your whole life that starving creates Wendigos, and you're being starved by these invaders and want to fight back... By consuming their flesh, you would prove their atrocities, how evil they must be to drive their fellow man to become Wendigo. Disclaimer : I have no historical backing for this, it's just a thought.

  29. Duchess Van Hoof

    Duchess Van Hoof5 months ago

    Don't eat at the Ultra Lux.

  30. Danforth Paleontologist

    Danforth Paleontologist5 months ago

    I thought wendigo psychosis was real because it was scientific sounding and a lot of people thought it was real as well.

  31. Mark Mariner

    Mark Mariner6 months ago

    I was in Northern Manitoba for a few years. The Cree up there call it the Weetago. Even in modern times they are afraid of it. It apparently stays outside of communities and watches for an opportunity to get someone.

  32. Too the MAXX

    Too the MAXX6 months ago

    I distinctly remember reading about stories of European settler who suffered wendigo psychosis and killed their families

  33. zacktube100

    zacktube1006 months ago

    I liked these two episodes. Check out Navajo skin walkers. You may find them even more interesting.

  34. zacktube100

    zacktube1006 months ago

    Why does it have antlers?

  35. cheezemonkeyeater

    cheezemonkeyeater6 months ago

    I always thought wendigo psychosis was more like a cultural variation of cabin fever. I mean, these tales are told up north, right? Where the nights are super long in the winter? Not that they actually turn into cannibals, but the cabin fever makes them angry and irritable and they become afraid they might become a wendigo.

  36. Cesar Salad

    Cesar Salad6 months ago

    Can you do some on Spanish myths?

  37. Elijah Bachrach

    Elijah Bachrach6 months ago

    Since wendigo psychosis is apparently fake, I hope you will eventually make a video on the real motives for cannibalism within groups where the taboo was not practiced by necessity.

  38. TheAtomicLemon

    TheAtomicLemon6 months ago

    Hm. I never noticed this, but James is a pretty good looking dude. Also seems like the kind of person that doesn't care about that too much, with all his interests. This comment has no point, but I wanted to point it out.

  39. Adam Steidl

    Adam Steidl6 months ago

    Starvation for sure happened a lot during younger-dryas, I'm sure. ~12kya

  40. Roxor128

    Roxor1286 months ago

    No offence, but I think you guys should split your channel up and put each show on a separate channel. Having all these shows on the one channel seems a bit cluttered. It's a bit hard to find what you're looking for if you only half-know what you're looking for while browsing the uploads and three quarters of the thumbnails are for shows other than the one you know it's part of. Also applies for going through your inbox for email notifications. Everything shows up as "Extra Credits uploaded a video", but most aren't episodes of Extra Credits. Be much easier to pick through things if they showed up as "Extra Mythology uploaded a video" or "Extra History uploaded a video". Extra History, Extra Mythology and Extra Sci-Fi have long since gotten to the point where they should be their own channels. They just have and produce too much content to not be. When they do, you can bet I'll subscribe to them, too.

  41. Miguel Caramel

    Miguel Caramel6 months ago

    So I work at a summer camp in the Shawnee national park, Camp Ondessonk, it’s a camp that pays homage to Native American culture and brings faith into it. We have a story named the Brebuff walker, simply put it’s a story about how some counselors saw a pale white figure staring at them in the middle of the night that was extremely fast, it’s a rather recent story as well. I didn’t know anything about wendigos until I told the story to one of my friends and said that wendigos match the description of what I said. Idk I jus thought that was kinda cool and wanted to share.

  42. svartjonne

    svartjonne6 months ago

    "the wendigo was always ravenous" i see what you did there :)

  43. Sean Cope

    Sean Cope6 months ago

    Joseph Campbell, nuff said.....

  44. steve jobs

    steve jobs6 months ago

    I’d give the wendigo a hot Cosby then cut its head off

  45. A1 Luz

    A1 Luz6 months ago

    Why is John Wick talking to us about wendigos?

  46. Fif Gallag

    Fif Gallag6 months ago

    ooooh it's a metaphor! Duh

  47. Antonio Luković

    Antonio Luković6 months ago

    I feel like this guy could literally walk up to Ceaser and explain to him directly all the fallacies of his reign, and Ceaser would just quietly and attentively listen. A very soothing narrative

  48. Gabe Williamson

    Gabe Williamson6 months ago

    I'm not sure what's scarier the wendigo or that dudes face

  49. Enza Recchia

    Enza Recchia6 months ago

    Now we need a video about the skinwalker and the ravenmocker

  50. XGN Peanutz

    XGN Peanutz6 months ago

    Keanu Reeves??

  51. randy bowen

    randy bowen6 months ago

    ... I’m hungry but I can’t quite put my fork in what I crave...

  52. Ofelia Gurdian

    Ofelia Gurdian6 months ago

    Pretty small suggestion, but can you do the Mexican story of La Llorona? It’s not that creepy, I’ve heard it most of my life but it’s rather interesting (Edit: There are different “versions” of the story, but it’s about the same thing)

  53. Lloyd

    Lloyd6 months ago

    U N T I L D A W N

  54. M4 JDealer

    M4 JDealer6 months ago

    I’m very glad you have pointed out the fact there are different variations of the Wendigo depending on the tribes, and that you discussed the fact the land was taken away. Being First Nation myself, stories are a key part of our history and culture and telling these stories to the next generation keeps our culture alive. I remember hearing and finding different stories and I remember first hearing of the Wendigo. At first there was hardly anything on the Wendigo, but then the game “Until Dawn” came out and then suddenly there was Wendigo everywhere and people telling different stories of it, and yet many I’ve seen were not from the culture. But I also appreciate the fact something if our First Nation culture has become popular and I hope more positive stuff will be known one day and maybe other people will be able to learn more of who we are as a people. I do appreciate the research you seem to put into this.

  55. Asiajohnston2 Johnston

    Asiajohnston2 Johnston6 months ago

    oh my god face reveal

  56. Vnat Vagner

    Vnat Vagner6 months ago

    I could barely hear.

  57. Sadrien

    Sadrien6 months ago


  58. Chris Lasekan

    Chris Lasekan6 months ago


  59. Yamato3601

    Yamato36016 months ago

    I feel as if the Wendigo was major inspiration for Elias Ainsworth in Ancient Magus' Bride. As he has a skull head, horns or antlers and sometimes craves human flesh.

  60. josefi krakowski

    josefi krakowski6 months ago

    I have joke for you WENDIGO MACHINE

  61. Xar'Azoth

    Xar'Azoth6 months ago

    Isolation, harsh conditions and starvation can bring out the worst in people ... the wendigo myth demonstrates this perfectly. It also is great on showing that some lines should never be crossed, since you won't be able to get back. If you ate human flesh once, you would most likely do it again if in the same situation.

  62. yes the best

    yes the best6 months ago

    Yay part 2

  63. lvl3-wizard

    lvl3-wizard6 months ago

    Hoo boy, time for another source to perpetuate the "every story is basically the epic of gilgamesh" nonsense

  64. vazak11

    vazak116 months ago

    Very interesting! Also depressing, but insightful!

  65. Zuke Plays Games

    Zuke Plays Games6 months ago

    Next you should do the tales of the odyssey

  66. Josh Painter

    Josh Painter6 months ago

    This channel is so underappreciated, keep it up!