7 Terrifying Latin American Legends

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El Cucuy:

The Latino version of the bogeyman, El Cucuy has terrified children for generations. Used by padres across the world to dissuade their children from misbehaving, El Cucuy is a shapeshifting figure that hides in closets or under beds and torments -- and eats -- niños who don’t listen to their parents. 

La Llorona: 

Possibly the most famous Latin American legend of all time, La Llorona is a beautiful woman who brutally killed her children to be with the man she loved. When he rejects her, she kills herself. Now, the murderess is doomed to wander, weeping constantly, and vainly searching for her children for all eternity. According to legend, she’ll kidnap wandering children...so beware, and keep indoors after nightfall. 

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