The ability to shift your appearance at will, look like anything or anyone you want: would you desire such a skill?
Raise your hands if you saw X-Men: Days of Future Past in the past two weeks? Those of you familiar with the many mutant powers, who would like to have Mystiques’ special talent? If you feel that way, you’re not alone. Her insta change is uber cool!
Today’s culture has romanticized shapeshifters. We could make an endless list of movies, television shows, and books. We throw the word, shapshifters, around with ease. We tend to forget their legends are born from true monsters, not hot men and women who transform into strong wild beasts.
You might be thinking, “Yeah, but a true werewolf, a non-twilight kind of werewolf, is scary!” And you’d be right. Children of the moon (lycanthropy) isn’t romantic (if we throw out Michele J Fox’s Teen Wolf).
Instead, think: Wolf with Michelle Pfeiffer and Jack Nicholson.
In folklore: werewolves are vicious killers, only shifting with the full moon.
Limited to when they can shift puts them at a disadvantage compared to shapeshifers who possess the ability to change anywhere, anytime, into anything they desire.
Every culture has their own myths and stories regarding were-beasts. In Native American history the version of the shapeshifter and its origins, comes from a dark place.
The Native American Skinwalker
- They are witches or medicine men with immense power.
- They must perform a great evil to obtain their power.
- They can transform into any four-legged animal. Most common: coyote, wolf, cougar, fox, owl, or crow.
- The animal transformation was originally done by wearing the animal’s hide.
Does this sound familiar? Seen someone you know running around in fur? Your neighbor, perhaps?
Well…don’t jump the conclusion train yet. And if you do, don’t come scampering to me! 😉
Today, the ritual involving an animal’s hide is rarely practiced. And for good reason. Society has grown wise of the skinwalker and such actions are a dead giveaway (pun intended).
Want to find out more regarding skinwalkers?
…Not so easy.
Try striking up a conversation on any reservation. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone willing to talk freely regarding skinwalkers. Their belief system in the supernatural is strong, rooted deep, and fear of punishment keeps their tongues still. Discussion is taboo, at least in public. And with good reason. Skinwalkers are not to be taken casually. This is serious,
Describe them in three words? The whispers you’ll hear…
Powerful. Evil. Scary.
Remember the evil deed I mentioned? The one a witch or medicine man must perform to receive their power? It’s the most evil of evils. Evil born from existing magic. Evil born from the worst of deeds. Evil born from taking a life. The life of a close family member. That’s pretty darn ugly, and twisted evil. Wouldn’t you agree?
Look into their eyes and you’ll see the animal looking back—literally, animal eyes. In their animal form, they’ll stare upon you with human eyes. Does that send shivers up your spin?
A witness reported in one account the skinwalker’s eyes glowed in the dark! What respectful monster wouldn’t have glowing eyes?
But seriously, it’s believed if you look one straight in the eye and don’t know who they are, you will die. Likewise, if you’re able to name the skinwalker by their full name they will get sick and succumb to death. Hence the age-old saying comes into play, “Know thy neighbor.”
Their goal: POWER and STRENGTH.
To achieve what they desire, they’ve been known to terrorize anyone believed to possess or even come across ‘said’ power. Interested in reading more in-depth encounters? Visit rense.com and see what Colm Kellecher and George Knapp have to share. Skinwalkers by Adam James Jones is another one. Fascinating look into the subject, and worth reading the comments.
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