You know youre obsessed with Claymore when youre reading about something completely different, and it reminds you of yoma and yoki lol. Whilst I was reading about Native Americans today I found an article called "Reviving Witiko (Windigo): An Ethnohistory of “Cannibal Monsters” in the Athabasca District of Northern Alberta, 1878–1910" by Nathan D. Carlson, and it made me wonder if Yagi has heard of the Wendigo phenomenon and taken ideas from it.
Doesnt this sound like a yoma to you?
"The Witiko of the Northern Algonquian Cosmos In the cosmology of the subarctic and Great Lakes Algonquians, the Witiko is a cannibalistic humanoid monster or spirit entity that preys upon people to satisfy a compulsive hunger for human flesh. In the legendary cycle of tales (at‚yohkewina) of the northern Alberta Cree and Mťtis, the Witiko is sometimes described as an owl-eyed monster with large clawed hands, matted hair, a naked emaciated body, and a heart made of solid ice. The Witiko’s hunger instinct is believed to be so insatiable that it has consumed its own lips. In essence, the Witiko’s frightening and grotesque visage and its superhuman strength make it the consummate predator of humanity."
And doesnt this remind you of the yoma eating human guts, as well as the way the Org puts the flesh of yoma into humans to give them powers?
"Cannibalism is thought to culminate in witiko by means similar to those of a contagion; like the flesh of any other animal, human flesh is believed to possess spirit power that is acquired through consumption of the tissue or organs. Cannibalism, in a sense, exacerbates the powers already present in the human consumer, in effect multiplying them and causing them to expand out of control into an incipient witiko compulsion."
And although I dont think that a Claymores personality is changed when they take the flesh of a yoma, this reminds me of what some people think about Yoki.
"In addition, an individual could acquire witiko through the influence of a spirit guardian (referred to in the Cree language as a paw‚kan), a type of visionary spirit entity that formed a personal subjective relationship with a human host as an integral part of the religious experience of many Athabasca Cree and Mťtis. The paw‚kan was typically sought after and encountered during a vision fast enacted at the onset of puberty, but could also be contacted in dreams and visions throughout life. The paw‚kan required the performance of specific ceremonials in return for the bestowal of certain powers or abilities such as visions and knowledge, prowess or luck in hunting and trapping, etcetera. If a human host acquired a malevolent paw‚kan, especially the paw‚kan of ice, the North Wind (Kew‚tin), or the Witiko itself, the paw‚kan was believed to have the power to augment the human host’s personality so that it would operate in congruence with the spirit entity’s malevolent intentions. In effect, the personal identity of the individual would merge with, or be lost to, the personality of the spirit agent if the vision seeker accepted the paw‚kan, allowing the entity to subsequently take over the body and faculties of the human host."