Archaic Definition of the Week – Big Heads


This is the name of a class of monsters in the traditions and beliefs of the Iroquois … huge disembodied heads with flashing fiery eyes and cavernous gaping mouths; they are covered in vast amounts of long, straggly hair from which two grotesque paws with talons emerge.  Sustained by this hair during tempests, the Big Heads fly through stormy skies searching for unwary humans.

Giants, Monsters, & Dragons : An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth by Carol Rose.

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