Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Mannegishi

In their folklore, the Cree Indians speak of a race of trickster spirits that they call the Mannegishi (the name is singular as well). These creatures are described as being three to four feet in height, and appear as hairless, sexdactylous semi-humanoids with gray, rough-looking skin, long and very thin lanky arms and legs (having two hands with six fingers each), large heads with no nose or mouth, and large eyes that are said to glow in the dark. According to Cree mythology, there are two humanoid races on this earth: the familiar humans, and the “little people,” of which the Mannegishi can be considered one. They are an aquatic race, as they dwell between the rocks in river rapids. These creatures possess neither gills nor lungs, but instead take oxygen from the water or the air around them directly through their skin. The Cree also believe that these lanky beings do not speak to each other or other people, but instead communicate with telepathy. While they are known for playing pranks and jokes, the Mannegishi’s greatest pleasure is to crawl out from under the rocks and capsize the canoes or boats of people rowing through the rapids, causing injury and death. The Mannegishi are thought to be responsible for pictographs found on rocks in the vicinity of rivers.

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