Tuesday, 4 August 2015

04.08.2015 bis


"You can tell when a person is a lougarou. You can tell! How can you tell? Well... you can tell.
Because the person gets up at night, and they turn into any animal with wings - a turkey, for instance. Then they go fly and get on top of a person's house, and any child inside, they eat it. They don't eat the child's flesh, they suck the strength out of the child.

"What benefit do they get from that? None! They just do it to be mean.

"How do you know which person? You can tell! How can you tell? Well... you can tell. Because the person will get caught while they are outdoors, saluting the four directions before they turn into a turkey. They have fire all over them, a light that shines. Then when they become an animal, the animal's eyes shine strangely, they are red too. Or the person might be seen running back to their house if a neighbor wakes up and chases them while they are on top of someone's house. They fly away in the form of a turkey, but they have to come back to the ground and turn into a person again.

"Men can be lougarou as well as women.

"There is a woman in my neighborhood who is a lougarou. We can tell! How can we tell? Well... we can tell. People have seen things, and people talk. No, no one has actually seen her changing into a turkey. She was seen running back to her house at night, though.”



In Ft. Liberté, a peasant was asked how to identify a
loup-garou. His answer: "If you see a horse going down the road and it
turns off and goes into a house, you know it is a loup-garou."



... "The mythological world of Vodou is inhabited by a variety of unsavoury spiritual entities like werewolves, vampires, and zombies, most of which are manipulated by sorcery or gray magic. ...

The werewolf, or lougawou, are shape-shifting creatures that allegedly attack people, especially babies and young children. Folklore distinguished between vampires (as lougawou) and werewolves and claims that the former can change themselves into animals and inanimate objects, shed their skin, suck blood, and terrify those who walk late at night." ...

Source: Afro-Caribbean Religions: An introduction to Their Historical, Cultural, and Sacred Traditions; Nathaniel Samuel Murrell, 2010 Temple University

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