Just before we broke for Christmas, we posted about the possibility that America’s recent love affair with unsaturated fatty acids may be part of the reason our crime rates have dropped so precipitously. Now comes word that fat may have another positive application: curing folks afflicted with witiko psychosis, which (allegedly) causes a sudden craving for human flesh.
In a 1970 American Anthropologist article, a professor at San Diego State University related the typical Ojibwa cure for this malady:
When one is caught in time, that’s before going berserk, they’d give him or her large quantities of fat after it was melted and this was supposed to melt the crazed demon in the person who was going to turn into windigo…The melted fat was a sure cure for any one turning to a windigo.
The author opines that this fat, traditionally taken from bears, acts as a sedative, due to the source animals’ propensity for eating berries rich in Vitamin C (said to have calming properties).
Don’t buy it? Yeah, neither do these guys.