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Friday, 23 August 2019

The Dogman of Michigan

Dogmen and other human canine hybrid creatures have long been a part of multiple cultures around the world. This mix of man and beast has had a long history, from being seen as wise animals and messengers of good fortune by some, to being monsters feared by others.
This cryptid has a long documented history with an increasing number of sightings of late.
It’s time we take a look at this legendary creature learn of its past its present and possibly its future.

A mysterious animal has long been stalking the history books, often mentioned in the company of Bigfoot and other cryptid hominids. Its creature that strikes fear into those that see it.
The Dogman.
There is a wealth of information online, this covers pictures photographs and many stories of people seeing these creatures. The dogman has been featured in many legends and is often named as the Cynoce. (sai-no-say)
This name coming from the ancient Greek word ‘Cynocephali’ this word translating to “dog-head”. The creature is not only found in stories from Greece it can also be found in cultures from Egypt, Africa, India, China, Europe and England all having legends of the men with dog heads.
One of the most well-known dog headed humanoids coming in the form of the Egyptian god Anubis.
These canine headed people are described in a similar way across all of these cultures. The characteristic which define cynocephaly, or cynocephalus is a human like figure who possess the head of a dog or of a similar canid species like a jackal or wolf. Often, such creatures also have human levels of intelligence.
Main stream science considers these dogmen as nothing more than a mythical phenomenon which only exist in their many different forms and contexts because they are an imagined creature.
The dogman has however been around for thousands of years all of the previously mentioned cultures keeping the stories alive. Over time the cryptid has risen and fallen in popularity with many mentions of dog headed humans coming from the medieval East and Europe.
In modern popular culture cynocephalics are often characters in books, comics, and graphic novels and movies.
we see in these forms of media that Cynocephaly is regularly  distinguished as being something different from lycanthropy (werewolfism) this difference being highlighted with the dogheaded men and women being able talk having a high degree of intelligence  whereas the werewolf is depicted as a savage animal all humanity being lost in the transformation to wolf.

These dog people are said to live in groups and show that they have a unique culture, complete dog man civilizations are said to have existed in the distance past.
The “Marmaritae” tribe reported lived in Cyrenaica which is located in North Africa.
In more recent times sightings and reports of dogmen have mainly come from the Northern United States. Although many consider the dogmen a separate entity the creature does fit with the legends of Skin walkers.
The North American Native tribes have the “Skin Walkers”. These creatures are reported as having the ability to shape shift and they often take the form of a wolf which is said to be seen walking in a bi-pedal motion.
According to the Navajo legend, a skinwalker is a medicine man or a witch who has studied the dark arts and attained the highest level a shaman can reach in a tribe, then instead of choosing to do good they use their power for evil, often taking the form of an animal to inflict pain and suffering on others.
An interesting fact that highlights just how deeply the belief in the “skinwalkers” is, is that the Navajo believe that skinwalkers wear the skins of the animals they transform into, it is considered taboo to wear the pelt of any animal. In fact, the Navajo are only known to wear two hides, sheepskin and buckskin, both of which are only used for ceremonial purposes.
Could an answer for the recent upturn in sightings be down to the recent release of a population of wolves into the areas of the northern US  in order to control the numbers of moose which are causing problems.
There are other American cryptids that could also contribute to the stories of dogmen.
Heading south to the Louisiana swamps and you come across the legend of the Loup Garou also known as rougaro.
The legend of the Loup Garou is that of the Cajun Werewolf.  Among the Cajun people, there is a long tradition of the infamous Loup Garou creeping among the Spanish moss covered cypress islands of the deep swamps.
In a tale that has some shades of the skin walker legend, The Loup Garou is a creature that was once a man, the man receiving a curse that means he stalks the earth as half wolf and half man.
This curse is said to last for 101 days or until the creature finds someone it can bite and pass on the wolf like transformation. The curse is also said to hereditary being passed down through generations of Cajun families.
The belief in the wolfman like creature is said to stem from staunch catholic faith, a story tells of how if lent was not observed for a period of 7 years and this curse would fall upon your family.
The dog man reported by eye witnesses bares an eerie resemblance to these “dog-headed” cursed men. Are these modern day dog men Loup Garou or maybe the descendants of these ancient Cynocephali?
If we are looking for explanations we must also look at lycanthropy “werewolves” as a possible answer.
Werewolves just like dogmen have a long history, they are common to many cultures across the world but we need to narrow our search down to the US and we do have one story that may point us in the right direction.
The legend refers to an early Native American tribe from the area that has come to be known as Wisconsin. It was here that members of the tribe called the Fox tribe may have been the first to receive the gift or curse of the werewolf.
In this legend, there is a spirit-god named Wisakachek.
Wisakachek [pronounced 'Wee-ZA-Kah-Chek'], was a shape-shifter who lived in the woods.  He was a friend to humans whose default physical form was that of a wolf. 
One day Wisakachek was roaming the woods in the form of a man when he saw two brothers from the Fox tribe hunting.  The boys, named Keme and Matchitehew [pronounced 'Match-it-AYOO'], had just caught a deer with their bows and arrows.
Wisakachek walked up to the boys and presented himself as a lost and hungry wanderer from a different tribe.  Keme offered the "stranger" some of the deer meat that they had just caught, and Wisakachek accepted.
About a week later, Wisakachek appeared in the same part of the woods again and saw the same boys again hunting.  Matchitehew explained that ever since they caught the deer a week earlier they hadn't been able to catch anything and were very hungry.
Wisakachek, remembering the boys' previous generosity, told them he had no meat to offer them, but he could share with them his power to shape-shift into a wolf so that they could catch a deer more easily.
This brings us back to today, websites like the North American dogman have been keeping a record of encounters with the cryptid.
One of the most recent reports featured on the site is from KVUE ABC out of Austin Texas. The reports documents an animal -- which could possibly be a bobcat or mountain lion killed pets and livestock.
"Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens were contacted but were not able to confirm that the goat was killed by a mountain lion because the evidence had already been buried ... The evidence presented in the interview (re: chickens missing) does not match typical mountain lion behaviors. In fact, similar events in the area and information shared with TPWD suggests the culprits could be dogs or a coyote."
Could it have been a dogman?
This attack was carried out by unknown animals, so have there been any clearer sightings of dogman. reports;
A man in Northern Arkansas says he saw an unidentified bipedal creature.
The 53-year-old man, a roofer who provided a full name and location but asked to remain anonymous, told Cryptozoology News he was heading back to his home after a day of work when he came upon the biped on November 15 at around 4.15 p.m..
“I came a cross this evil looking wolf creature,” he said. “It was carrying something in its hands, like a leash or a rope.”
The eyewitness described it as a gray 7-foot-tall being at about 300 pounds. He did not provide a description of its head or facial features.
” It was standing on two feet on the left side along the road,” he added.
A month ago, a man in Colorado claimed to have spotted a similar creature.
The Dogman is a cryptid reputed to live in the northwestern quadrant of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, although other sightings have been documented in other states, such as Wisconsin. This unproven creature was first reportedly spotted in 1887 by two lumberjacks, who described it as having a human body and a dog’s head.
One of the best known cases of dogman is the story of the Beast of Bray Road.
The Beast of Bray Road is a folkloric variation on the traditional European Werewolf and contemporary North American canine-type creature often dubbed as Dogman.
The sightings of the creatures are primarily in southeastern Wisconsin as well as Michigan but also occur in other parts of North America.
When it comes to Bigfooteers, they often stray from the phenomenon, for fear that it weakens the quote "Cryptozoological" field. Are they wise to do so?
According to recent video, some of the Bigfoot sightings in southeastern Wisconsin are being confused with the Dogman sightings.
 The same could be said about Dogman sightings often getting lumped in with Bigfoot sightings.
 Are there really 2 different types of Cryptids roaming our forests? Or is one just being mis-identified as the other?
So what do you think the dogman could be, is a real creature or an animal that belongs firmly in the realms of mythology?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below

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