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Native American Legends: Headless Man

Name: Headless Man
Tribal affiliation: Wichita
Alternate spelling: Headless-Man, Headless
Native names: Chearppeschaux
Type: Monster
Related figures in other tribes: Man With No Head (Hitchiti), Two-Faced (Sioux) Red Woman (Crow)

In Wichita myths, Headless Men are a type of dangerous monster or bogeyman. Their nature is not very consistent from story to story, however-- in particular, they are described as magical men or ogres in many legends, while in others they are described as literally having no heads.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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Mythology of the Wichita
    Book of Wichita myths and legends.
Hold Up The Sky:
    Anthology of legends from the Wichita and other Southern Plains tribes.

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