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windigo, witigo (win′dĭ-gō″) (wit′ĭ-gō″) [Ojibwa, Cree]
A culture-bound illness, found only in indigenous cultures of Northern Canada, in which people practice cannibalism believing they have been possessed by malevolent spirits. The disease is considered by Western psychiatrists to be a form of depression accompanied by agitation.
Windigo,(Wittigo), legendary human-like monster that lives in the forests of Quebec, Canada.
Windigo psychosis - severe anxiety neurosis with special reference to food, manifested in melancholia, violence, and obsessive cannibalism, occurring among Canadian Indians.