Check out the Most MYSTERIOUS South American Legends! From strange monsters originated in spanish legends to other mysterious urban legends, this top 10 list of famous legends from south america will amaze you!
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8. El Hombre Caimán
The legend of El Hombre Caiman, or The Alligator Man, developed in the coastal town of Plato, Magdalena, located on the Colombian Caribbean coast. Before he became a monster, El Hombre Caiman was a fisherman named Saúl Montenegro. He was a womanizer and a peeping tom who enjoyed spying on women while they bathed in the Magdalena River.
7. El Pombero
El Pombero, also known as the Kurahu-Yara, or “Owner of the Sun,” is a character from Guarani mythology. Depictions of him vary slightly between communities, but he’s typically described as a homely, small-statured, short-limbed humanoid creature. El Pombero has hairy feet that make him very stealthy and he can become invisible at will.
6. La Viudita
The legend of La Viudita, or the black widow, is popular throughout Latin America. According to the story, she’s an alluring woman who takes to the streets after midnight, dressed in black from head-to-toe and wearing a veil. She targets drunk men with the goal of taking them to her home or another private setting.
5. El Sombreron
The legend of El Sombreron supposedly began with a real villager, who dressed completely in black and rode a stern-faced horse. He was short and wore a large hat, as well as boots that made a lot of noise when he walked. This well-dressed man kept to himself and didn’t bother anyone.
4. La Tunda
The myth of La Tunda is told throughout the Pacific coastal region of Colombia and Ecuador, and is particularly popular in the Afro-American community from Chocó. La Tunda is the daughter of the devil, who had children with the beautiful escaped slave of a Spanish merchant ship that ran aground on the northern coast of Ecuador during the 1530’s.
3. Acalica and La Madremonte
Acalica, sometimes called “weather-fairies,” are mythical creatures from Bolivia that are rarely seen. They live in underground caves and are rumored to be able to control the weather. When they appear, they take the form of small, wisened men.
2. La Segua
This witch from Costa Rica roams empty streets and alleys of Cartago, the country’s original capital, looking for men who like to party. She’s of mixed Indian and Spanish blood and is known for her breathtaking features, including her dark eyes, long black hair, and fair skin.
1. La Llorona
The Mexican legend of La Llorona is similar to that of La Novia de Tola, which is told in Nicaragua, and La Sayona, which is popular in Venezuela. According to some, it’s one of the spookiest and scariest ghost stories ever. It starts with a beautiful woman named Maria, who was cheated on by her husband when he lost interest in her. To spite her estranged lover, she killed their two children.
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