The Rabbit in the Moon


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The Rabbit in the Moon – Mexican Legend

Once upon a time the Mexican god Quetzalcoatl decided to explore the world. He turned himself into a mortal man and started his journey. He was amazed about how big and beautiful earth was. He was so excited that he forgot to feed and hydrate his mortal form. By the end of the trip he was exhausted and about to faint so he decided to rest on the side of the road.

Suddenly a small rabbit appeared and approached him.

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“Are you ok?” The rabbit asked.

“No, I’m tired and hungry” The god replied.

Without knowing that he was talking to a deity the rabbit rapidly offered to share his food with Quetzalcoatl.

“Thank you, but I don’t eat plants” the god told the rabbit.

The small fury animal wanted to help the traveler so after further consideration he said:

“I have nothing else to offer, I am an insignificant creature and you need to recover your strength so please eat me and resume your travels.”

The god moved by the creatures’ noble gesture returned to his original godly form and held the rabbit so high that his shape was forever embedded into the moon.

He then gently put the rabbit back on the road and told him

“You might be a tiny creature but from this day on everyone in the world will remember you as the mighty rabbit in the moon”

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The rabbit shape in the Moon



The “Little Grazing Boy”

Brazilians in general are very religious and over 85% of the population declares itself Christian, meaning that there are about 166 million people who claim to be Catholic or Protestant in Brazil.

In this sense, it’s very natural to have many legends that originates from Christianity, and this is just one example among many in Brazil.

So, let’s get to it! The “Little Black Grazing Boy” is an African-Christian legend told in the very late nineteenth century by the Brazilians who defended the end of slavery and was originated in the south of the country.


Legend has it that in times of slavery, there was an evil rancher that used to constantly punish his slaves and pedestrians, and on a cold winter day, the farmer sent a fourteen years old black boy to shepherd the horses and foals that he had just bought.

In the afternoon, when the boy returned, the rancher noticed that a bay horse was missing, so he picked up the whip, beat the boy and left him naked and bleeding in an anthill.

Next morning, when he went to see the boy, the rancher he was startled. The boy was there, but standing with smooth skin and no marks of lashes or ants bites. Beside him were Virgin Mary and the other horses.

The rancher threw himself on the ground asking for forgiveness, but the black boy didn’t answered him, but instead, kissed Virgin Mary’s hand, mounted on horse and left.

After that, regional drovers and lorry drivers reported to have seen pass a group of grays horses, played by a black boy mounted on a bay horse, and many lighted candles and prayed for the tortured soul.

Till these days, The Grazing Boy is considered by those who believe in the legend as the protector of the people who loses something. According to the belief, if you miss something, just ask for the pastoral boy help to find it. In return, one should light a candle to the child or buy a plant or flower.


Juan Soldado and the disappearance of Serena City

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La Serena, Chile

Chile is a South American country filled with beautiful geography and warm people. You can enjoy their peaceful cities, go skiing to the beautiful Chilean mountains or relax in one its beaches.

“Ciudad Serena” is the second most ancient city in the country. Founded in 1544 it has amazing history behind it. Its beautiful architecture and ancient churches combined with amazing beaches makes the city one of Chile’s most popular touristic destinations.

Serena city has changed and grown a lot over the years and people say it was way prettier before. According to many historians the city was attacked several times and was the host of multiple battles between Pirates, Spaniards and Natives. But no story is most known than the one of Juan Soldado (Juan the soldier).

Legend says that once upon a time there was a handsome young man that lived outside Serena city. He and the richest Cacique’s daughter fell in love and wanted to be together forever but there was a problem. Juan was a brave and charming soldier but a very poor one also and the Cacique will never allow his daughter to marry such an un-wealthy man.

The two lovers decided to disobey the girl’s father and escape to the closest city to get married in secret in the town church. The Cacique soon found out and with his best soldiers rode towards Serena city to stop the wedding and kill them both as punishment for their treason. He would also destroy the city as an example for anyone who might think of betraying him ever again.

The two lovers where in the ceremony and as the priest was saying the last words the father of the bride arrived to the city. No one knows exactly how but in that exact moment the city vanished and with it every single person that lived there, including the two young lovers.

The Cacique and his soldiers went around the entire area. Hiking mountains, riding a cross the shore lines and around the dessert but the city was nowhere to be found.

Some say that on Saturdays if you walk close enough to the place where the town used to be you might be able to listen to the wedding party celebrating the groom and bride and their eternal love. And once a year on Holy Friday, if you pay close attention you might even see the city on a distance but if you try to come closer it will just vanish right in front of your eyes.

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Lighthouse – La Serena, Chile


The Ciguapa

The Ciguapa

La Ciguapa

The Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful landscapes and paradisiac beaches. We all wish to visit one of their wonderful resorts and swim in their light blue ocean while zipping some ice cold drink with a straw and one of those tiny umbrellas.

But according to the legend it is not all sand and sun in the Dominican Republic. Legend says that if you go a bit further into the mountains you might see one of the most mythical creatures from the region.

Ciguapas as they call them, are savage women that live inside the shadows of the Dominican forests. They are small beautiful women with long skinny legs, dark skin, big dark eyes and long silky black hair. They wear no clothes since their gorgeous hair is so long that covers their entire body (like a long shiny gown). They are shy and moody and sometimes make a bird like noise while walking around the forest. But their most interesting feature is that their feet are set backwards so that if someone finds them they can run away from them while looking directly into their eyes striking fear into their enemy.

It is well known that the Ciguapas come out at night looking for food. They collect fruits and vegetables and hunt small animals in order to survive. Sometimes they even get closer to the villages and steal their food when there is no one watching. Then they climb to the top of a tree to eat and rest hiding from anyone that could be wondering around the area.

Villagers know that if they hunt a Ciguapa she most likely will die since they can’t bare the sorrow of being captive. But there is a main reason for the villagers not to visit the forest at night and not even thinking about looking for a Ciguapa. Legend says that Ciguapas not only look for food near the villages but also for lonely men wondering around the forest. They lore them with their beauty and sensuality bringing them to their caves making passionate love to them and then killing them and eating them bit by bit.

Many villagers’ deaths and disappearances have been attributed to the Ciguapas. Even nowadays people living near the forest know that when they hear a bird like noise at night they better stay in their homes with their families and of course, guarding the kitchen.

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Pico Duarte – Dominican Republic


Sarah Ellen

From Vampire to Saint

Sarah Ellen Vampire

Sarah Ellen was born on March 6th of 1862 in England.  Legend says she was accused of murder and witchcraft and condemned to be chained and sealed inside an iron casqued while still alive. On June 9 of 1913 while the sentence was being carried out and right before sealing the casqued she announced her curse “When 80 years have passed I will rise from my grave and get revenge from my murderers’ and all their descendants”

The English people afraid of this curse forbid her husband to bury her in British lands so he had to find another place for her remains.

Finally after months of traveling looking for a place that would accept them, he arrived to a small town South of Peru named Pisco and buried Sarah Hellen there.

In 1993, after almost 80 years had passed, a popular talk show hosted by Cuban hostess Cristina Saralegui aired an interview to an “expert” in “Vampires” that announced that there were 3 important Vampires in Latin America, one just about to wake up in the Southern part of Peru.

Peruvians were astonished by this news and many believers of the occult or people simply thrived by curiosity went to Sarah Ellen’s grave and monitored every move. They had watch groups formed for several nights before the “awaken” and on the 80’s anniversary of her death many where standing in front of her grave holding crucifixes and wooden stakes (just in case).

After nothing happened (obviously) some of the people started to believe that Sarah Ellen was not a Vampire but instead a Saint and she had being wrongly accused and tortured. Nowadays many people visit her grave bringing her flowers and asking for miracles.

Sarah Ellen


The Myth of the Condor

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Once upon a time there was an old shepherd who lived with his beautiful young daughter in a little village at the top of the Andes. The girl pastured the sheep, llamas and other animals from her father’s farm.

Suddenly a young man started to visit her at the mountains. He went to see her every day dressed in a very elegant way. Black suite and black hat (like if he was going to some sort of gala in the Andes) and a beautiful shiny white scarf. They hang out together during the day when he visited while she pastured the animals.

Eventually they became close friends and at one of this friendly visits he asked the girl to play a game. “If you pick me up, I’ll pick you up”. She trusted the man and lifted her arms facing him. He grabbed her and by making a quick jump into the sky he turned into a magnificent condor and took the girl to his nest.

They lived together in his nest for a long time. He brought her food and took care of her and she fell in love with him and gave him a beautiful baby. The girl loved them both but she missed her father deeply and cried every night thinking about how lonely her poor old dad was.

One day she saw a humming bird passing by and asked him for help. The bird would go to the village and bring her father to rescue her and her child and in reward the humming bird will have every flower in her dad’s farm for himself. The cheerful bird accepted and on the next day the girl’s father was there with a dead donkey to distract the Condor while they rescued the girl and her child.

Once they were gone and the Condor had finished eating he returned to his nest and instead of his family he found two green frogs in their place. The humming bird was waiting for him there and told him that the girl and their son turn into frogs right in front of his eyes and there was nothing he could do.

Legend says that now the Condor watches over the Andes trying to find a new girl to bring to his nest and just once in a while when he sees someone as beautiful as the shepherd’s daughter he becomes an elegant young man and visits them trying to trick them into playing a game with him.

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The Sunflower Legend



The Sunflower legend

The Sunflower or “Helianthus” name in greek after Hēlios which means “sun” and Anthos which means “flower”, is consider a genius plant with more than 70 species. Recognized around the world because for its beauty, is also an important source of food. Its oil and seeds are valued as healthy nutritious and ingredient of many foods.

The Argentinian legend about the Sunflower

The legend says that closed to the Paraná River in Argentina, two main tribes were located. One of them was closest to the river. His Cacique was called Pirayú. Nearby was another tribe and Mandió as his Cacique. Pirayú and Mandió were very closed friends. Both tribes were very close exchanging constantly handcrafts and food.

Parana River

Paraná River

Carandaí daughter of Pirayú was a quiet beautiful girl. She spent most of her time looking after the sun.  On cloudy days, she gots sad and mad. Meanwhile, on sunny days, she was the happiest and shinning girl in her whole tribe.

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The Sunflower legend

One day, Mandió woke up with the great idea of joining both tribes reason why, he asked Pirayú to marry his daughter. Pirayú uncomfortable with his friend petition, angrily said No, explaining that his daughter, Carandaí, offered her life to the God “Sun”. Mandió upset with Pirayú’s reply, promised revenge.

One day, Carandaí was in her canoe looking to the sunset, when she saw fire coming from her tribe houses. She swam as fast as she could. Once she got there, she tried to land, but she couldn’t. Some external power didn’t allow her to leave her canoe. Mandió with angry voice, started to scream at her “You’ll have to ask your god to save you from my revenge” …them laugh.

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The Sunflower legend

Carandaí started to pray and beg “Cuarahjí”, the God of sun: “please, please my god, don’t let Mandaio to end with me and my town, please Cuarahjí, please my god”. She didn’t finish her prayers when Cuarahjí sent over her some storm rays that surround her and suddenly made her disappeared.

On the same place where Carandaí was praying and then disappeared, a plant started to growth. It had a huge green stem and a bright golden yellow flower, that as the princess of the tribe, keep her face upon the sky, always following the sun course, giving birth to the Sunflower.

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The Sunflower Legend


Cuca – The Brazilian “bogeyman”

Some girl power legend now! Just kidding, sort of. This is the story of the female version of the bogeyman, and it also comes from Brazil.

Cuca is represented by an old alligator faced character, that lives in a dark cave where, like a witch, creates making magic potions. With a scary voice, she sleeps only one night every seven years and scares and handle children who do not obey their parents.

When she gets mad, she loose her angry roar that can be heard 10 leagues away. The character also gained visibility in the works of Brazilian writer Monteiro Lobato.  In the “Yellow Woodpecker Site”, turned into television series in the late ’70s and early’ 80s, Cuca came to be known in the four corners of the country. On TV, Cuca was kind of bipedal alligator with yellow hair and a terrifying voice, and she also had the help of Saci Pererê.


Cuca and Saci Pererê

Because of her popularity, one of the best-known Brazilian lullabies was created:

“Sleep baby, otherwise the Cuca comes to catch you,
Dad went to farm, Mom went to work.
Bogeyman, get out of the roof and
leave (name) sleep peacefully”

Well, now you know how to put your kids to bed also!

Gabriela Sacilotto

Saci Pererê – The naughty boy

Oh, magical things really happen in Brazil, and this legend is so cool that it deserves to be shared here.

The Saci-Pererê legend originated in the indigenous tribes in southern Brazil and its about a dark colored indian boy, with just one leg that wears a red cap and is always with a pipe in his month (curious right? Oh, the old days..)

It’s said that he comes from the midst of a whirlwind and his appearance is attributed whenever things go wrong! He is constantly blamed for the burning of food pans, for drying water from vessels, and is held responsible for missing objects that are unlikely to be found again. Saci Pererê may also appear and disappear mysteriously, is very restless, and is always jumping from one place to another whistling.

His most characteristic behavior is his naughtiness, and as for so, he is very playful, likes to have fun with the animals  and to create embarrassing situations for people.  Legend has that he is not just a playful or an evil spirit, but also an expert connoisseur of medicinal properties like herbs and forest roots. If someone needs to go into the woods and pick up something, therefore, they better ask for permission from Saci, as entering without permission will inevitably lead them to fall into his traps.

According to legend, to capture a  Saci in whirlwinds you have to  throw a sieve on swirls. After the capture you must remove his cap to ensure obedience and secure it in a bottle.

It’s also said that the Sacis are born from bamboo shoots, where they live for seven years, being released for seventy-seven years, to be free to do their amazing tricks. After they die, some say that they become poisonous mushrooms, so you better watch out!

Gabriela Sacilotto


Torobochi Tree Legend

Bolivia is part of the Andean region and is full of extraordinary myths and legends. Each of their 36 cultures of Bolivia has its own legend. What it makes Bolivian legends different from the other Andean countries is that the stories are told in the native language like Guarani and Aymara. In addition, native rituals support the storytelling.


Legend from Santa Cruz, Bolivia

The spirit of the darkness, in the beginning, when the world was created used to abuse and murder humans the legend says. These spirits called “Aña” went after the cacique Ururuti’s beautiful daughter who was pregnant and would give birth to a son who would punish them, so they decided to kill her.

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Torobochi Tree

Her husband god Colibri (hummingbird) gave her a flying carpet and Araverá was able to escape from the village, but the spirits of the darkness kept following her. One day, tired of being harassed she decided to hide in the trunk of a Torobochi tree and gave birth to her son.



The boy executed the prophecy, revenging his mother, who had to hide inside the tree until she died. Araverá buried in the amphora-shaped trunk of a Toborochi tree likes to come outside to attract hummingbirds, in the shape of a beautiful flower to keep contact with her husband.