I thought today we’d take a look at a darker side to shapeshifting, one that has its roots in many legends, but today I’ll focus on those from the Navajo people and their tales of evil witches known as Skinwalkers or Yeenaaldlooshii–one who travels on all fours. By definition a skinwalker is one who can don the skin of any animal and become that animal, only larger with supernatural powers and strengths that make them almost invincible. By trade they are purveyors of evil, murders who curse rather than heal, who must kill a member of their family to achieve their powers. They can take over a persons mind and body and force them to perform all manner of evil. They feed off blood and fear as they destroy at whim.
Question is are they Legend or do they in fact really do exist? Though many are reluctant to speak of skinwalkers, especially those seeped in the beliefs and traditions of the Navajo–the fear of incurring the wrath of one by daring to speak of them is great–there are stories out there. In fact, too many tales of encounters and unexplained incidents by reputable people to ignore. Even one suggestion that the legendary Sasquatch or Big Foot is a skinwalker, thus explaining why this huge creature had escaped detection in today’s modern world. The phenomena of skinwalker-like incidents at an isolated ranch in Utah has sparked a study done by two respected men, scientist Colm Kelleher and journalist George Knapp, who published a book on thier findings called HUNT FOR THE SKINWALKER. Something you might want to read.
So my question this morning is: Has anyone had or does anyone know of a person who may had a real life encounter with a skinwalker? Or have you read a book with a skinwalker villian?
Jennifer st giles