posted on Jan, 23 2004 @ 07:58 PM
Noticing a comment made by NotTooHappy in a thread within this forum, I decided to do some looking into it.
It seems that the Navajo mythology speaks of the "Yenaldlooshi"
, which translates into:
"He who trots along here and there on all fours."
The Navajo also believe that humans can take the form of animals in nature or termed: therioanthropy. The two main animals for such shapeshifting were
the coyote (Navajo call the Little-Lil' Trotter) and wolf (Navajo call the Big Trotter). Also note that in Navajo rituals and practices, that
witchcraft and human to animal forms (wereanimals-weranimals) have always been present within their society(s).
It seems worth mentioning also, that the coyote, has been present in many Indian cultures and societies:
"Coyote is the figure who appears most widely in Native American stories; he is without doubt the best known. The preeminent trickster, he may
also take the role of culture hero, although the aspects of culture and life he introduces often have a negative side to them. To the Chinook he is
Italapas. The Navajo term for Coyote is Ma?ii; the Lakota word, Mica. He is Skinkuts in Kutenai and Isil in Cupeño. The Crow call him Old Man
In such myths, stories and legends, they appear naked and are only dressed in some ritual jewelry and ritual animal masks. Supposedly, according to
these myths, legends, and stories, they gain power by and from killing....killing direct relatives. They are also mentioned to have the powers or
abilities of a alchemist/witchcraft in that they can supposedly make powders and such, that will cause a variety of illness, social problems, and even
Here are some links I found on the "Yenaldlooshi": Navajo Skinwalkers:
What do you guys think?
Could this be probable in the world today? There are stories recounting encounters with such "skinwalkers".
(I do have another link that recants some such stories but will hold before posting to see what many think)
Think this is related to the legends and stories of werewolves, etc.?
[Edited on 23-1-2004 by Seekerof]