But you ARE illegal. Immigrating to a country without citizenship is against the law and you should be treated as a criminal. Mexicans saying the west and south west United States is their ‘homeland’ is like selling your house and then breaking into it 20 years later and saying “This was my home once. It still belongs to me, and by the way give me the money in your wallet and the food from your fridge.” Unless you are a citizen of the United States of America, you are here illegally, so pack your shit and take your anchor babies with you.
Cynocephali, the Dog Headed Men
Men with the heads of dogs have been reported since ancient times. Cynocephali were supposed to be a race living in Africa, who cannibalized humans. Seeing such beings in modern times would seem incredible, yet bizarrely, there have been increasing modern reports of these creatures.
The Cynocephali have existed in the mythology of Europe, India and China. The legends of all three of these cultures originally said that the Cynocephali resided somewhere in the wild lands west of Tibet and north of Persia (modern-day Iran). The European legends later began placing Cynocephali in all unexplored regions. In Europe, they were described as dog-headed people, sometimes as dog-headed hairy giants that have something in common with hairy humanoids. In the legends from India and China, the Cynocephali were described as shapeshifters who could change from human to dog, but who always retained some animal features when they became human again.
It should be noted that in these references these are not werewolves, but animals or gods with the heads of dogs on fully human bodies.
Probably the earliest example is the Egyptian god Anubis. This god is depicted with the body of a man but with the head of a jackal. Anubis was a god of death and the underworld, and paintings of Anubis can be found throughout Egypt’s ancient sites.
Worth mentioning is that Cynocephalus is a Greek word for a sacred Egyptian baboon with the face of a dog. The name Kynokephalos means dog-headed, from “kuôn,” a dog, and “kephalos,” head.
While the Greeks may not have had dog-headed gods, they knew of places where dog-headed creatures purportedly existed. As far back as the fifth century BCE, a Greek doctor wrote about dog-headed men that could be found in India. Later, a Greek explorer described dog-headed men (kynokephaloi), also in India, who spoke to each other by barking and were primitive savages by nature. They were also referred to as the creatures that lived in “India beyond the Ganges” (which we now call Southeast Asia).
Herodotus, Histories 4. 191. 3 (trans. Godley) (Greek historian C5th B.C.) :
“For the eastern region of Libya, which the Nomads inhabit, is low-lying and sandy as far as the Triton river; but the land west of this, where the farmers live, is exceedingly mountainous and wooded and full of wild beasts. In that country are the huge snakes and the lions, and the elephants and bears and asps, the horned asses, the Kunokephaloi (Cynocephali) (Dog-Headed) and the Headless Men that have their eyes in their chests, as the Libyans say, and the wild men and women, besides many other creatures not fabulous.”
In the medieval mappaemundi, lurking at the edges of the world were monstrous races. The text contains the description of some of these species and most importantly included reference to the Cynocephali (Cynocephales, “Dog-heads”), one of the best-known monstrous races at the time. According to Pliny, they lived in caves, wore animal skins, hunted very succesfully, and used javelins, bows, and swords. Other sources that circulated in the middle ages picture the Cynocephali much more frighteningly, with enormous teeth and breathing fire. Several sources make them cannibals. All sources emphasize that they combine the natures of man and beast. The Pygmei seem to even include creatures with long hanging ears that droop to the ground, who evoke the earlier *Panotii*. [An inventory of these and other monstrous creatures from the *Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493*.]
Centuries later, even the elders of the Catholic Church believed such beings existed. Saint Augustine pondered in his writings if dog-headed men were held to the same moral laws as humankind and if they could be saved.
But Augustine was not Christianity’s only delving into the subject. Very bizarrely, some ancient icons of Saint Christopher depict him as having a dog’s head. The story goes that he led a sinful life in this form, but when he reformed and was baptized he was transformed into a man having a human head.
Even King Arthur gets into the picture when he and his army allegedly defeated a band of dog-headed soldiers in the mountains surrounding Edinburgh.
And although he never claimed to encounter them personally, Marco Polo reported that dog-headed men lived on an island off the coast of Myanmar.
If real Cynocephali exist, it is difficult to determine just what sort of animal they might be. Some of these legends might be garbled accounts of baboons, monkeys with dog-like snouts. Today, this explanation has been mostly dropped. Further studies have suggested that the Cynocephali tales are actually based on dog ancestor origin myths from tribes who were considered filthy barbarians by more “civilized” writers in India and China. According to these writers, whole races of people were deliberately killed because they weren’t human, they were “really” monsters. When these myths were imported to Europe, they became even further changed from the originals. The European Cynocephali is often quite different than the creature of the original legends.
But - the tales are not all ancient. Current sightings of what are claimed to be humans with dog heads have happened in Michigan, Wisconsin, and even the Shetland Islands.
Researcher and author Linda Godfrey has been reporting on sightings of an unknown upright-walking canine known as the ‘Manwolf' or 'Dogman' for many years. Witnesses describe these creatures as 5 to 7 feet tall, extremely muscular, covered in fur, with large fangs, the head of a wolf or German Shepherd.
The tales of dog-headed creatures, including the Dogman of Michigan, and the wolf-like Beast of Bray Road of Wisconsin are accounted in several of Godfrey’s dogmen books and with the numerous amounts of reasonable eyewitness reports, the dogheads are very much alive in modern culture.
Obviously there have been no skeletons of dog-headed humans ever found to back up these tales and most scientists ignore the modern sightings but for the few who do pay attention to them, the Cynocephali could be viewed as either some kind of hairy humanoid or as a cryptid canine of some sort. One thing is for certain - the widespread myths do make one wonder where all these stories came from and if these tales are just remnants of an earlier long-lost global myth that later developed their own flavors within different cultures or if there really are dog-headed men that have been living with us ever since ancient times.
Sources: gods-and-monsters.com/cynocephalus.html, cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Cynocephali, historicmysteries.com/dog-headed-men, columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00generallinks/munster/india/aa_india.html, newanimal.org/cyno.htm
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1 - SHAPESHIFTING WEREWOLF OF TEXAS
Mrs. Delburt Gregg of Greggton, Texas, told of her encounter with a shapeshifting creature in the 1960 issue of Fate. The other surveyed sightings below are of creatures that looked like man-wolves but no one have seen one becoming another. Mrs. Gregg did not see a man turn into a wolf but she has actually came closer then anyone else in telling a tale that sounds like a chapter from a werewolf novel than a real life experience.
Mrs. Gregg said that one night in 1958 when her husband was on a business trip, she moved her bed close to a screen window hoping to catch some cool breeze from a thunderstorm brewing on the south western horizon. She heard a scratching sound from the window shortly after she fell asleep. In a flash of a lightning, she saw a huge, shaggy, wolf-like creature clawing at the screen and staring at her with baleful, glowing, slitted eyes. She saw its bared white fangs.
The creature fled from the yard into a clump of bushes as she leaped from her bed to grab a flash light. Mrs. Gregg said “I watched for the animal to come out of the bushes, but after a short time, instead of a great shaggy wolf running out, the figure of an extremely tall man suddenly parted the thick foliage and walked hurriedly down the road, disappearing into the darkness.”
2 - WISCONSIN WEREWOLF SIGHTING
Mark Schackelman was driving east of highway 18 near Jefferson, in southeastern Wisconsin on an evening in 1936 when he saw a figure digging in an Indian mound. He saw a hair covered creature that is over six feet tall with both ape-like and dog-like features with pointed ears standing erect. Its hands have shriveled thumb and a forefinger on each and also three fully formed fingers.
Schackelman went back to the sighting the next evening hoping to see the creature again and he did. The creature was making “neo-human” sounds with a three syllable growling. Years later, his son who is a Kenosha newspaper editor, wrote that his “father’s first thought was that it must be something satanic.” (In southeastern Wisconsin, several decades later, equally enigmatic beast would figure in a host of reports as described below).
3 - WEREWOLF CREATURE IN OHIO
Between July and October 1972, a number of residents of Ohio allegedly saw a werewolf-like creature. Some people reported encountering a six to eight-foot tall creature that a witness described as “human, with an oversized, wolf-like head, and an elongated nose.” Another said it “had huge, hairy feet, fangs, and it ran from side to side, like a caveman in the movies.”
4 - WEREWOLF ATTACK REPORTED IN NEW MEXICO
Four Gallup, New Mexico, youths allegedly encountered a “werewolf” along the side of a road near Whitewater one day in January 1970. One witness reported “It was about five feet seven, and I was surprised it could go so fast. At first I thought my friends were playing a joke on me, but when I found out they weren’t, I was scared! We rolled up the windows real fast and lock the doors of the cars. I started driving faster, about 60, but it was hard because that highway had a lot of sharp turns. Someone finally got a gun out and shot it. I know it got hit and fell down, but there was no blood. I know it couldn’t be a person because people cannot move that fast.”
5 - NAVAJO SKIN-WALKER
Skin-walker is another name for a werewolf that the Navahos of the southwest. In 1936, in Yale Publications in Anthropology, anthropologist William Morgan recounted an interview with a Navaho identified only as Hahago. Hahago said of skin-walker “They go very fast.They can go to Albuquerque in an hour and a half” - a four-hour trip by automobile, according to Morgan.
6 - RED EYED WEREWOLVES OF PENNSYLVANIA
In the fall of 1973 western Pennsylvania played host to dozens of reports of strange apelike creatures, sometimes seen in association with UFOS, said to have (in one witness’s words) “fire red eyes that glow in darkness.” To be seven to eight feet tall, and gives off a strong unpleasant odor. “Another type of creature” investigator Stan Gordon noted, “was said to be between five and six feet tall. It was described as looking just like an extremely muscular man with a covering of thick dark hair. Again in these reports, the arms were very long and hung down past the knees. This creature appeared to have superior agility exceeding that of a deer. From footprints discovered, the stride of creatures varies between 52 and 57 inches. In these reports there was no indication of odors.”
7 - WISCONSIN WEREWOLF ATTACK
On October 31, 1991 at 8:30pm, a woman drove on Bray Road near Delavan, Wisconsin which is approximately thirty miles south-southeast of Jefferson (site of Schackelman encounter in 1936), felt her right front tire jump off the pavements if it had hit something. The woman stopped her car and looked into the misty darkness and saw a dark hairy creature with a bulked-out chest racing towards her. She went back into her car and tried to speed away when the creature leaped onto her trunk. The creature eventually fell off from the trunk because the trunk was too wet to have a firm grip. Later, the woman returned with a friend and they had a glimpsed of a big form rising from the side of the road.
8 - WISCONSIN WEREWOLF ENCOUNTER
Lorianne Endrizzi had a similar encounter as above in the fall of 1989. She was driving on Bray Road, a half a mile away from the above encounter, where she thought it was a person kneeling in a haunched position at the edge of the road. She slowed down and to her surprise, the figure stared at her at no more then six feet across the passenger side of the car. The figure was covered with grayish brown hair, with big fangs and pointed ears. “His face was long and had a snout, like a wolf.” She told reporter Scarlett Sankay. The figure’s eyes glowed in the darkness and they were a yellowish-gold color. ‘The arms were really a kind of strange; jointed like a man or woman would be,” she said. “He was holding his hands with his palms upward. The arms were muscular ‘like a man who had worked out a little bit.” The backed legs looked like they were behind him, like a person kneeling.” The sighting lasted about 45 seconds and she had no idea what the creature could have been until she saw an illustration at the library of a werewolf.
9 - WEREWOLF SIGHTING
Around that same time as above in Elkhorn, near Delevan, a dairy farmer named Scott Bray saw a “strange looking dog” along his pasture on Bray Road. It was bigger and taller than a German shepherd, it had pointed ears and hairy tail, with long, scraggly grayish black hair. It is “built heavy in front - a real strong chest.” In the soft soil nearby he found enormous footprints which is four to five inches in diameter.
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Are Legendary Creatures Related To Shape Shifters Or Demonic Illusions?
Wendigo comes from a word in the Native American Algonquian language meaning “evil spirit that devours mankind.”
While relegated to mythology, many Indians recorded encounters with the creature. Some cryptozoologists today speculate that the human-like beast may be related to, or may actually be, the present-day “Michigan Dogman” phenomenon.
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Hideo Kojima walking his pets. This piece was featured at the Rothick Art Haus in Anaheim, CA during Popzilla’s Video Game tribute show.