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Venezuelan Myths and Legends

Hello, my dear readers!

Yesterday I was up late talking with friends about the horror stories they told us when we were girls. Among those stories are those that pass from generation to generation. And within our territory there are stories of scares and apparitions that are worth sharing with you.

The Venezuelan Legends are my favorites, since they deal with very diverse topics. What I am trying to say is that the Venezuelan myths and legends have a special narrative that makes anyone who starts reading this kind of stories want to know more and more.

For those who still do not know, legends are stories that mix true elements and fictional things that are told from generation to generation. For that reason, is that sometimes we have different versions of the same chronicle. I am going to talk to you about some of them today:

  • El Silbón: After assassinating his father, the man was punished and when trying to flee was bitten by a dog, to conclude the punishment his grandfather sprayed on his wounds large amount of hot pepper. The memory and mention of what happened frees people from being attacked by this errant spirit known as the silbón. The Silbón appears to the drunkards in a somber way. Other llaneros give him the shape of a tall, thin man. He wears his hat and attacks the parranderous and drunken men. The tradition explains that when the silbón arrives at a house in the night hours, it unloads the sack and counts the bones one by one; if there is no one who can hear it, a family member dies at dawn. They also say that if you listen to the whistles of him nearby, he is far away, but if you hear him far away, he is very close to you.
  • La Llorona: With her heartrending lamentations interrupts the nocturnal silence, in the most isolated towns of Venezuela. The most famous version of this legend tells that La Llorona was a Spanish woman. He lived during the Colony in a village and had several children with an Indian. His brothers were enraged to discover such an aberration. We must remember that by then it was said that the Indians did not possess a soul. They were considered animals, inferior beings, of diabolic origin.
    The brothers of that lady killed their children and married her to a Spaniard. But the poor woman went crazy and ran away in the evenings of her house. She wandered through the loose fields of long hair, in a wide night gown, crying sadly regretting the death of her children. The peasants were anguished to hear it. Soon he died of grief, but the peasants still hear it. Some have even seen it dragging the weight of their sadness through the fields of Venezuela.
  • The Anima Sola: This is one of the stories that makes my hair stand on end and nervous, has the purpose of doing harm by psychic effect or other means of manipulation of third parties, the Anima Sola is presented as a woman with long hair and attractive face and It has the purpose of collecting the candles of the Blessed Animas, because in these towns people usually ask favors to the Souls and these almost always grant favors in exchange for having a certain amount of candles attached for a time before promised, if this devotion is not fulfilled, the Anima Sola enters; to remember the debt in a scary way. I have known that you can also become very good if you ask for favors, she will always comply, but if you promise something it is obligatory to fulfill it or the consequences will be seen in your life. I really fear this stories because it is one of the most realistic of all. Here in Venezuela to many people who practice santería and can send spells and rites to other people for revenge or simply evil.
  • The Sayona: This appearance materialized in the figure of a thin, tall woman, with long and very elegant nails, is considered a punishing and disapproving sign of the bad behavior and infidelities committed by men.
    This original legend of Los Llanos dates from the colonial era; nevertheless, nowadays, “stories” of people are still heard assuring that they have been intercepted in some way by this frigid and frightful woman. Many people confuse The Llorona with the Sayona, the difference is simple. The first seeks his children and the second seeks to terrorize unfaithful men and even attack them.

I hope you have not been so scared with these stories…

What did you think? Leave comments! I would like to know if you are interested in seeing more about these stories and myths. Until next time!


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