7 Terrifying Latin American Legends

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El Sombrerón: 

This Guatemalan tale tells the story of spooky figure who goes out walking after dusk. No one is quite sure if it’s a ghost, a demon, a man, or a goblin. All agree that he’s very small, dressed in all-black, and dons a big shiny belt, a pair of heavy boots and a large hat that hides his face. El Sombrerón seduces young women, wooing them with his sweet voice and beautiful melodies. Once they become bewitched, he stalks them and braids their hair. Under his spell, they become unable to eat or sleep...until, eventually, they meet their death. 

La Casa Matusita:

A seemingly harmless-looking yellow building in Lima’s center, La Casa Matusita is actually a cesspool of hauntings and ghosts activity.  No one can agree on the house’s background: some say that a man slaughtered his family and then committed suicide. Other tales claim that a formal dinner party turned into a massacre after guests were given hallucinogens. Some insist it was previously inhabited by a witch who sold her services to the highest bidder, causing misfortunes across the city. Regardless of what happened, the dead are clearly unhappy about their fate. Our advice? Don’t climb the stairs to the second floor. Anyone who enters is said to completely lose their sanity...

La Luz Mala: 

These mythic lights are among the most famous legends in Argentinian folklore. Some observers claim that the unexplained flashes of light remained still on the horizon, not moving or bothering anyone. Others have a more horrific account, and say that the lights chased them at high speeds. The phenomenon is unexplained, but many believe the terrifying manifestations are the spirits of the dead who didn’t receive a proper Christian burial. 

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Cristina Arreola, Editorial Assistant

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew 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 baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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