7 Terrifying Latin American Legends


As a child we loved listening to our abuela tell us terrifying tales of weeping women, murderous ghosts, and magical witches. These ghastly legends kept us awake half the night as kids...and, en serio, even as adults, we're still petrified everytime we hear the tale of Ll Llorona or La Luz Mala

Check out the 7 most terrifying Latin American myths, and share your own spooky tales in the comments: 


El Silbón: 

“The Whistler” is a terrifying character in Venezuelan folklore. According to legend, the ghost is a black-hearted young man who murdered his father in cold blood and devoured his organs. El Silbón is now doomed to wander the earth as a lost soul, lugging a bag filled with his father's bones. The Whistler gets his name from the eerie, bone-chilling whistling sound he emits. Beware: When the whistling sounds far away, El Silbón is actually near by! Some people barely notice the seemingly long-distant music...and when they do, it’s usually too late. 

La Ciguapa: 

La Ciguapa is a mythological creature in Dominican legend. They are described as strange, wild women living in the high mountains who possess incredible magical powers. These beautiful women boasts a long mane of shiny hair that wraps their naked bodies. Spookily, the feet of La Ciguapa face backwards, making it difficult to determine which way they are moving by looking at their footprints. Legend says that if you look them in the eye, you’ll be bewitched by their power and fall completely at their mercy...

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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