11 Latin American Legends Abuelita Told Us About That Used To Scare The Living Crap Out Of Us
Most kids grow up afraid of The Big Bad Wolf, but that’s pretty pathetic compared to the monstruos our parents used to tell us about…
1. El Cuco or El Cucuy
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Most of us still have no idea what El Cuco looks like and, at this point, I don’t think I want to. This monstrosity was always trotted out when parents wanted you to STFU and go to bed. Yeah, mom. It’s real easy to go to bed when you think a shapeless monster is going to come out of nowhere and eat you.
2. La Luz Mala
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This mysterious light was the perfect tool to keep us right by mami and papi’s side. See something in the distance? Well, you better stay away or you are going to die from a toxic gas under anything the light shines on. Like, did you want me to move out or not?
3. El Silbón
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There is no logical point to using El Silbón to terrify children, but that doesn’t stop parents from telling their children just how terrifying this man can be. Worse? He is only dangerous if you hear him from far away. His whistle (more like the wind) was all abuelita needed to keep your butt in bed all night. Oh, and he has a special taste for womanizers.
4. La Ciguapa
Leyenda de las Ciguapas: Onaney la Ciguapa. La leyenda de la Ciguapa está muy presente en el imaginario rural dominicano, principalmente en las cercanías del Parque Nacional Los Haitises. Cuenta la leyenda que el Cacique Canoabo quien era esposo de Anacaona, la Cacica de Jaragua, tenia por amante a Onaney, princesa ciguaya de Samaná. Onaney a favor de la paz, invitó a Canoabo a buscar un entendimiento con los españoles. Tras su triunfo en la batalla de la Navidad, el cacique estaba preparándose para otra batalla contra el almirante Cristóbal Colon y su capitán Alonso de Ojeda. Durante la batalla, Canoabo decidió negociar con Colon según los consejos de Onaney, pero, cayó en una trampa y murió. Se dice que tras la muerte de Canoabo, Onaney agobiada por la pena y la culpa se refugió en la cueva de La Línea junto a sus doncellas. En sus recorridos por el bosque caminaban de espaldas para confundir sus huellas y no ser descubiertas. Esto último dio lugar al mito de las Ciguapas, seres legendarios y protectores de los bosques. Se representan como mujeres de pelo largo y lacio, que caminan de espaldas y devoran a los que quieren hacer daño a la selva. Fuente: http://www.ecoguiadominicana.com/inc/fiche.php?id_lieu=22 #laciguapa #leyendas #leyendasdominicanas #leyendaslatinoamericanas
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La Ciguapa is a naked, long-haired woman whose feet are backwards. Honestly, that’s enough for me to run for the hills, but this tale was used to make sure none of the boys would wander out at night. If you look in her eyes you become enchanted and she takes you to the woods where you are never heard from again. ¡No, gracias!
5. El Cadejo
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Way to keep me away from stray dogs, ma. If you don’t know, El Cadejo is a massive black dog with fire red eyes that appears at exactly midnight to destroy you. But if you are good, a white dog of equal size will show up to defend you. Be careful, because El Cadejo loves young maids with braided hair.
6. La Llorona
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La Llorona is a thing of nightmares. Whenever you’d act up, you were sure to hear the threats of leaving you alone for La Llorona to come along, snatch you up, and take you away with her. Doesn’t make it any better when you know she supposedly drowned her own children in a river to get back at her cheating husband.
7. El Chupacabra
#INKtober2015 #INKtober Day 15: filthy blood-suckin' heart-chasin' fast-runnin' vile rappin' sigbin! #art #traditionalart #drawing #sketch #sketching #illustration #artwork #ink #pen #cartoon #funny #weird #strange #pinoy #filipino #myth #cryptid #monster #creature #beast #sigbin #ugly #horror #comic #rap A sigbin is a blood-sucking monster in Filipino mythology. It is very similar to the famous #chupacabra. More monsters coming on the final week 🙂
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El Chuapacabra is a more modern monster, but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t used anyway. One housewife in Puerto Rico sees a vampire-esque beast and all of a sudden the damn thing is everywhere threatening to suck your blood if you go outside and wander too far from your parents. Look guys, there are enough scary things in the world – why make up more?
8. La Mano Peluda
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Not even our bed at home was safe. La Mano Peluda was always there just waiting for you to step out of bed after bedtime. La Mano Peluda belonged to a man who was killed during the inquisition. Just the hand came back to life and had nothing better to do than to live under your bed hoping to grab you by the ankle and drag you to who knows where.
9. La Lechuza
#lalechusa #lechusa La lechusa The legend of La Lechusa is very popular in Mexico and Texas. She can appear at any time, and seems to be particularly widespread in Zavala County. She particularly enjoys attacking people who have had one too many beers. Many people believe in her existence, while others claim to have actually seen this creature. The legends seem to vary quite a bit. In some, she is a vengeful spirit. In others, she is a woman that has sold her soul to the Devil in order to gain supernatural powers. Every night, she is said to transform into a five to six-foot tall bird (most commonly an owl) with the face of a beautiful or wizened old woman and enormous wings. This resembles the Harpy of Greek mythology in many ways, but she also bears traits of the Siren and the Banshee. And like those two entities, La Lechusa uses sound that bears a supernatural compulsion to lure her prey to her. It is said that when Lechusa locates her prey, she perches herself in a hidden area, and will then commence making strange whistling sounds or an eerie sound resembling the crying of a newborn baby. And anyone who attempts to locate the source of the sound risks their lives, for they may become the Witch Bird’s next meal. Once she has them in her sights, she swoops down on the confused and frightened individual and carries them off to her lair, where she may devour them at her leisure. In the manner of the Banshee of Irish and Scottish legend, to hear the cry of the Witch Bird is an omen that someone in the household of the one who heard the cry will die. In this day and age, most encounters with La Lechusa occur when she swoops down on cars that are driving on a deserted road late at night. Usually, nobody is hurt in these encounters. But all who report such sightings mention one thing: the encounter terrified them.
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La Lechuza is an old witch who turns into a big ass bird, usually an owl. She definitely had a purpose: limit your alcohol consumption. La Lechuza likes to perch in an hidden spot and make calls to lure poor, unsuspecting people out to investigate. Once you do, girl will swoop down, take you to her lair and eat you. I always wondered why my drunk tío always seemed fine and unafraid, now I know.
10. La Cegua
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La Cegua is another jilted woman out to attack drunk, cheating men for the pain inflicted on her. She simply asks you for a ride on your horse and when she’s on, her head turns into a horse skull with red eyes and big yellow teeth.
11. La Carreta Chillona
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And because there were not enough scare tactic to keep you trapped in bed with mom and dad, there was La Carreta Chillona. La Carreta was made by a Spanish priest who pretended to be a miracle doctor in San Salvador, but he was a coldblooded killer. After his death, he came back as a ghost. Now, if you see the cart — made out of the bones of his victims — you’ll wake up dead the next day. Moral of the story: keep your ass in that bed when the sun goes down.
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