Carlos Morra and Ernst Franzek: Psychopathological Symptoms
Delusion of wendigo


Definition: False belief about being possessed by an evil spirit that will transform him/her into a cannibal (monster) that will attack their family (Brightman 1988; Gaines 1995).


ExplorationThe presence of delusion of wendigo can be established by interviewing the patient.




Brightman RA. The wendigo in the material world.  Ethnohistory 1988; 35: 357-79.

Gaines AD. Culture-specific delusions. In: Sedler MJ, editor. Delusional Disorders. The Psychiatric Clinics of North America. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Company; 1995, pp. 158-60.(Gaines AD. Culture specified delusions, Psychiatry Clinics of North America 1995; 18: 281-301.


January 3, 2019