Urban legends and ghost stories are a great way to shape a culture or keep naughty children in line. In America we have the famed Bloody Mary, runaway ghost brides, and vanishing hitchhiker legends in nearly every corner of the country.
It’s interesting to see how different cultures approach their ghost lore and how it impacts popular culture as a whole. In Japan there are the famed Yurei that have seeped into our modern culture in a big way. This week, we take a look at four urban legends and ghost stories that stem from Latin American culture.
Before we get into the meat of these tales, we wanted to thank you for being our faithful followers and we promise we have some big things in store for next week. Be on the lookout for “LGBTQ Roots in Horror” and the beginnings of what is sure to be a messed up fictional ghost tale. Enjoy! See you on the other side!
1. El Cibon
This is a legend that I hadn’t heard of growing up. After learning about it, it really creeped me out and got me thinking about how important sound is to Latin American urban legends. With La Llorona, and El Sombreron mentioned below, it seems like simply hearing these spirits is a sure sign of doom.
2. El Cucuy
If you grew up in a Mexican household, you were probably told to behave or El Cucuy would get you. This one never really got under my skin, but I know that it got my cousins scared and must be frightening enough to merit its own haunted attraction.
3. El Sombreron
This short, mythical creature originates from Guatemala. He is known for his short stature and large black hat that covers his face. He wanders throughout towns playing his guitar in search of women with long hair and big eyes.
This spirit is supposedly obsessed with braiding hair. So much to the extent that he will braid mule and horse manes as well as women’s hair.
According to the legend, when he finds a woman he is obsessed with, he will seranade her each night outside her window. As time goes on, the young woman will become entranced by his music and begin to go mad and wither away due to starvation and lack of sleep. Luckily, the spell can be broken by simply cutting the woman’s hair.
4. Mexican Ghost Bus
What Are Your Culture’s Legends?
At Metroplague we are always looking to improve our worldliness when it comes to urban legends and ghost stories. We would love to hear stories from your culture! Leave us a comment or message us to give us a heads up on your version of ghost culture.