Mesingw

Cannibal Giant of the eastern United States.

Etymology: Unami (Algonquian), "mask being."

Variant names: Mee sing, Misinghalikun, Wsinkhoalican.

Physical description: Covered with hair. Face is part red, part black.

Behavior: Cry is "ho ho ho." Rides a deer. Guards forest animals.

Distribution: New Jersey; eastern Pennsylvania. Sources: Mark Raymond Harrington, Religion and Ceremonies ofthe Lenape (New York: Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, 1921); Mark Raymond Harrington, Dickon among the Lenape (Philadelphia: John C. Winston, 1938).

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