Criaturas Series

Mythical Creatures from Latin America

El Cura Sin Cabeza

El Cura Sin Cabeza

El Cura Sin Cabeza (The Headless Priest), is well known apparition in Latin America folklore. Those who are unfortunate to encounter the ghost at night say he is dressed as a priest of the Catholic order except his body lacks a head. It is unknown how he lost it or when. He has no definitive origin as stories vary from each country. Some say his ghost is being punished for a sin he committed when he was alive others say he has was unjustly murdered.

La Llorona

La Llorona

English translation: "The Weeping Woman." The most well known ghost in Latin American folklore. La Llorona, is known to haunt rivers looking for her children which she drowned. In other versions of the story, her children were murdered by their father after an argument with the mother.

El Jinete Negro

El Jinete Negro

English translation: "The Black Rider." This spirit monster is said to haunt the valleys of rural towns in Mexico. In many stories he will appear to travelers in the hills he haunts. it is believed he is an agent of the Devil. Another popular belief is he guards a possible treasure buried under the hills he haunts.

El Cadejo

El Cadejo

A very old myth that originated from Central America. Legend has it that a large spirit creature resembling a black dog wanders the streets of towns in Guatemala and El Salvador in search for drunks making their way home late in the night. It is believed that El Cadejo looks for potential victims to deliver to the Devil.

El Cucuy

El Cucuy

"The Hispanic Boogieman," this creature is said to devour unruly and disobedient children. Parents will use the threat of The Cucuy to get compliance out of their children. The monster's appearance differs and varies from the perspective of the child, but it is universally accepted that it is hideous and its intentions are worse.

La Descarnada

La Descarnada

English translation: "The De-fleshed Woman." Not much is know about this spirit monsters that is said to haunt the rural roads of El Salvador. In the urban myth, she takes the form of a beautiful woman before she peels her skin off exposing a monstrous appearance.

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El Cura Sin Cabeza

El Cura Sin Cabeza (The Headless Priest), is well known apparition in Latin America folklore. Those who are unfortunate to encounter the ghost at night say he is dressed as a priest of the Catholic order except his body lacks a head. It is unknown how he lost it or when. He has no definitive origin as stories vary from each country. Some say his ghost is being punished for a sin he committed when he was alive others say he has was unjustly murdered.