Oct 31

Halloween in Colombia: “Colombia’s top 5 scariest mythological characters”

Halloween in Colombia

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Colombia is a country with a rich and fascinating cultural history. Anyone who travels to Colombia will find that out for themselves, but on this special day we want to share with you a different side of Colombian culture; the dark side

The spooky side.

From black dogs to a drunk-bashing horse-rider and much more, make sure you’re sitting comfortably because here are our top 5 scariest characters in Colombian mythology:

5.  El Perro Negro ( The black dog)

Colombian Folklore, El Perro Negro
Good doggie…

Beware! El Perro Negro (The Black Dog) is a gigantic dog that shoots fire from his mouth and eyes and lurks in the otherwise tranquil Antioquia nights in search of lost travellers.

Are you planning on walking the streets of Medellín at night, thinking to yourself that the only risk is indeed wanting to stay? Well think again. That chilling howl that pierces the night; the sound of a heavy chain being dragged slowly along; those thudding footsteps that mimic your heart as it beats faster and faster… run for your life. It could be The Black Dog – a tortured, demonic soul reincarnated chasing you to take you to a hotter, but considerably less pleasant, place that lies far, far beneath Medellin.

4. Madre Monte

Madre Monte, Colombian mythology
Madre Monte

When rains terrorise the land, there’s only one woman that can be responsible: Madre Monte. Madre Monte is an ecologically aware creature, punishing those who take advantage of the land or disrespect our earth. Covered from head to toe in mossy greenery, with her face obscured by an opaque hat, Madre Monte is also fiercely territorial. If you try to invade her land you’ll become victim to her furious rage that can extend to her bathing in your nearby rivers, causing floods and rains unheard of since the days of Noah. Madre Monte may not be a friend of yours, but make sure you’re a friend of the earth and you just might avoid coming into contact with her.

3. El Mohán

El Mohan, Colombian mythology
El Mohán.

Wandering the dense, black woods at night in Colombia is a creature so terrifying, so evil, that the mere mention of ‘El Mohán’ should send shivers down your spine. With long, sharp nails, his body is covered in thick hair and his eyes are an endless blackness.

This is no misunderstood monster like Frankenstein’s creation; El Mohán stalks the riversides, lakes and woods in Colombia’s mountainous regions, tipping boats and knocking down buildings, waiting for his prey to accidentally stumble into his path. His particular favourite dish is children, whom he consumes after sucking out all their blood and cooking the meat on a barbecue. It’s not yet clear how he likes his meat done, but undoubtedly it’s more than medium SCARE!

2. The One-Legged Woman

La Pata Sola , Colombian mythology
La Pata Sola

A recurring theme among the myths of Colombia is the temptress who seduces men, only to turn evil. The One-Legged Woman (La Pata Sola) is no different. Legend has it that she was unfaithful to her husband and, so, in what can only be described as an excessive form of revenge, the man cut off one of her legs. She was then left to roam the area, hopping through the dark, creepy woods where slowly she turned into the evil, murderous woman that locals fear today.

The One-Legged Woman seduces men by pretending to be in distress before devouring them completely.

So be sure to count the legs of the seemingly lovely lady you’re asking to dinner… It just might turn out to be you on the menu.

1. El Sombreron

El Sombreron, Colombian mythology
El Sombreron.

El Sombreron was a man that sought solitude. He spent his nights and days riding a spirit-horse from town to town, talking to no-one and hurting no-one. His name came from his signature hat, which he wore religiously.

One day he was found dead by the roadside, and since then locals found him all the more spooky. Appearing at night with two chained dogs, El Sombreron would terrorise nightowls, including the street-crawlers, the drunks, the gamblers and the cheaters. He lurks in the shadows, visible only when the moonlight briefly glints on his hat. If you hear the chains of the dog, the faint trotting of his horse, the heavy breathing of El Sombreron, put down the Aguardiente. He’s coming for you.

JL & Paul

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