noun. an intense culturally-tied syndrome taking place in northern Algonquin Indians residing in Canada and the northeastern U.S. The syndrome is marked by hallucinations of being possessed by a flesh-eating monster and is developed in indicators inclusive of violence, a compulsive drive for human flesh, depression, and, at times, actual cannibalism. Commonly referred to as whitiko.
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WINDIGO: "Windigo folklore includes themes of gluttony, greed, and overindulgence. "
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