The Black Eyed Kids of The Iroquois Legends

Like many world societies, the Iroquois talk of a good energy and a bad energy. The positive, life force or divine energy was called something that sounded like Orenda. Since many of the Iroquois linguistic nuances were not documented officially, there is some debate as to the correct pronunciation but not the concept of Orenda. The positive energy of Orenda could be channeled to do anything and could be enhanced through virtue, training and life experiences.

However, opposite the Orenda was the Otkon.

The Otkon is a broad term for the negative energy, things, beings and or forces that live in the world around us as well as try to penetrate this world from the underworld, the skies or other dimensions of consciousness and reality. Otkon was considered by the Iroquois, an evil energy that could possess, destroy and be focused as a weapon against people, objects and animals.

Some historical accounts have stated that the Mohawks of the Mohawk Valley, believed strongly in the existence of Witchcraft and those who wielded the negative power of Otkon were often said to be influenced by the “Evil Minded One”. This dark archetype was a Satan like being who some said took the form of a reptilian snake man. It was said that the “Evil Minded One” was trying to manifest itself in human form and often tried mating with unsuspecting Iroquois woman. The result of this union was a possessed offspring with black eyes and pale, chalky skin. A black eyed infant was usually killed at birth by tribal elders and burned to prevent resurrection. These black eyed kids or BEK’s as they are called in modern times, often never lived past a day or two after they opened their eyes.

Other times, unlucky Iroquois children who found themselves lost or alone in the woods, were easy targets for the “Evil Minded One” to project Otkon into. Children would wander from the tribe and come back empty, with black eyes replacing their once normal eyes. It was said that the “Evil Minded One” had stolen their Orenda and replaced it with Otken and they were now his loyal servants, doing his bidding and infecting other children with Otkon. The Black Eyed Kids were said to be peculiar acting, repeated themselves frequently and paced around nervously. These evil Black Eyed Kids, caused havoc amongst their tribe as their goal was to destroy it with Otkon.

The Black Eyed children infected with Otkon were said to be ferocious, mean and often had a taste for human flesh. The folk we all call the Mohawks refer to themselves as the Kanyukehaka, which means people of the flint (or people of the crystals). The name Mohawk is indeed a slur bestowed upon the Kanyukehaka by their Northeastern rival tribes who told gullible white settlers of the Mohawks. The Mohawk name is said by some historians to mean “people eaters,” with a likely source of that tied to the legend of the Black Eyed Children.

BELOW: A piece of Mohawk art, depicting the Otkon, represented as the two snakes, surrounding a young black eyed kid. Painted on Buffalo skin, circa 1600’s. Found in Mohawk, NY in 1914 by Andrew J. Davis Jr.
BEK black eyed children glyph art
Submitted by: Barlowe

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6 responses to “The Black Eyed Kids of The Iroquois Legends”

  1. […] Los impresionantes dibujos de los niños con los ojos totalmente negros vienen por parte de los pueblos que también transmiten la llegada de extraños seres intraterrenos. Fuente […]

  2. Mark says:

    Thanks for the info. Thanks for sharing with astonishing legends.

  3. Mark says:

    Thanks for sharing with astonishing legends

  4. Alexandra says:

    I saw them in my dream!!!! So scary! They were running towards me and laughing trying to touch my shoulder and saying please come and play with us.
    Suring the nightmare something told me that I have to run from them and not let them to close . What this means guys …I did not watch any horror movies about that , if so I would have blame it to that . It makes me think a lot about that nightmare

  5. Alexandra says:

    Sorry for my grammar mistakes ( English is not my first language)

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