Aquatank wrote:Well there was also some post columbian cultural diffusion in the wendigo story as well that I know of: It could only be killed with a "silver bullet". This particular creation isn't just Hollywood but probably a result of the Beast of Gévaudan (in France) incident's story being spread circa 1767 in which the hunter is aid to have killed the beast with a silver bullet. Hence Wendigo gets associated with Werewolves as well.
Mind you early cultural diffusion also has The Norse Loki and Balder story mixed with the Native American Glooskap and Malsum story.
Ok I figured I had better respond to some of this before I get lost in all the information. I've been reading almost non-stop for the last day or two.
You are right about a couple things I've realised. The Loki and Balder story definitely appear similar to that of the Glookskap and Malsum creation story...I could hardly believe they weren't the same stories.
Loki is as well known as a trickster God.
"Later, Glooscap decided to capture the great bird that Tabaldak had placed on a mountain peak, where it generated bad weather in the flapping of its wings."
That is an insert from the Glooscap legend- and clearly that is the thunderbird they are mentioning (which also relates to the Windigo)...I should add that to my other thread.
Loki ends up killing Balder just the same as Glookscap killed Maslum.
There were many fascinating connections, Aquatank.
How did they become mixed in within one another I've been wondering?
Another similarity I noted was that between