Mexican Ghost Stories

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Mexican Ghost Stories

* The Girl in White
He was sulking a little, standing at the sidelines while all the other men danced with their pretty partners. His girl had not come to the dance that night. Her mother was ill, and so his girl had remained at her side. A fine pious act, he thought sourly, but it left him at loose ends...

* The Wailing Woman
Once a Spanish soldier married a beautiful native woman and they had two children whom the soldier loved very much. However, the soldier came from a rich family. His parents and relations disapproved of his wife and threatened to disown him unless he married a Spanish woman...

* The Bells
There once was an evil priest who did not fear God or man. His duties for the church included counting the offerings and ringing the bells to summon people to Mass. But his heart was filled with greed, and he began to take advantage of the good people of his parish. The priest stole money out of the offerings to keep for himself, and when he had filled a chest full of gold, he killed a man and buried him with the chest so the murdered man's ghost would guard it...

* The Burro from Another World
When I was young, I lived in a very small town; there were only a few houses hidden in the foothills. At that time we had no electricity and night fell in complete darkness, so people preferred to go to bed early...

Mexican Myths & Legends

* Poinsetta
Pepita, a poor Mexican girl who had no gift to present the Christ Child at Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked slowly to the chapel with her cousin Pedro, her heart was filled with sadness rather than joy...

* Badger Names the Sun
AT THE BEGINNING of the era of the Surem, nobody knew the name of the sun and they wanted a name for it. For this reason they held a council on the bank of the Surem river. Everyone gave his opinion but no name was found for the sun...

* San Pedro and the Devil
One day San Pedro was standing by a big cottonwood tree. The Devil came up to him and said, "I hear that you are very powerful. I, also, am very strong. If you can strike this tree with your fist so that your hand goes through the trunk from one side to the other, I will admit that you are stronger than me..."

* Quetzalcoatl
When the wife of Mixcoatl gave birth to the hero Topiltzin, he burst from her chest fully armed and prepared to join his father Mixcoatl's armies...

* Nahuales
One afternoon, my Uncle Luis told me stories about Nahuales, which are people that turn into animals, like pigs and burros and chickens, so they can take other animals...

* Twenty Bushels of Corn
Many years ago, a man and his son went from Aramberri to Tamulipas to look for work. They came back with twenty burros loaded with corn. On the way, night fell. They unloaded the burros, and tied the twenty bushels of corn, all together, to a big tree trunk...

Mexican Fairytales

* The Bear-Prince
Once upon a time there was a very poor woodcutter who had three beautiful daughters. Of the three girls, the youngest was the most beautiful. One day the woodcutter went into the forest and was chopping down an oak tree when a very large and horrible bear wrenched the axe from his hands...

* The Gypsy Queen
There was a king who had one son. When the prince reached a marriageable age, he told his parents, "I want to marry the most beautiful woman in the whole world. Therefore, I am going to journey all over the world until I find her..."

* The Forbidden Chamber
Once there was an evil wizard who, dressed as a beggar, would go from house to house asking for alms and would steal the prettiest girls he could find. None of them could ever return home..

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    South American Folklore

    * The Armadillo's Song
    The Armadillo yearns to sing like the frogs and the crickets and the birds. But is he willing to pay the price to learn? (Bolivia)

    * Chupacabra Rampage
    It stands three to four feet tall, has a flexible row of spines down its back, eyes that glow red and long, sharp fangs... some even say it has wings. This is how eyewitnesses have described the strange, unworldly creature known as El Chupacabra - Spanish for "the goat sucker." (Chile)

    * Gaucho Gil
    In Argentina, it's increasingly common for people to direct their prayers to the spirit of a 19th century "gaucho." (Argentina)

    * The legend of Kaieteur Falls
    In the hill country of the Potaro there once dwelt an old man. And by reason of his age his eyes were very dim, and moreover he suffered much from the insects called chegoes which burrowed into his feet. And it came to pass that as he grew more and more feeble, all his neighbors both great and small wished that he would die, for he had become a burden to them... (Guyana)

    * The Lord of Huanca
    After the Spanish Conquest, the imperial Incan city of Cusco lost its political and economic supremacy. Forced labor and white man's dominance over the Indian populace was cruel and humiliating. The natives lived in the worst of conditions. At this time a new religion began to come forth, many converts were made, and Christian cults arose in the whole of Peru. So it was that one of the most famous cults was born to Christianity, The Lord of Huanca. (Peru)

    * Saci Pererê
    Saci Pererê is a very playful character in Brazilian mythology. The color of his skin is black and he has only one leg... (Brazil) Spanish version

    * Treasure in the Llanganatis
    In 1532 a Spaniard named Francisco Pizarro led 183 cold and hungry soldiers up the spine of the Andes into the heart of the most advanced and militarized society in South America, the Inca Empire... (Ecuador)

    * Yerba Mate, and the legend of the Guarani
    There is an old Guarani Native American legend that relates the origins of the Guarani in the Forests of Paraguay. According to the legend, the ancestors of the Guarani at one time in the distant past crossed a great and spacious ocean from a far land to settle in the Americas... (Paraguay)

    * The Young Cowherd
    Once upon a time, there was a very cruel man named Benito Arawku, who lived in the village of Qasapampa, high in the Peruvian Andes. He held in his power a poor young boy who spent his life herding this evil man's cows from field to field around his small hut near the hills. Mr. Arawku made his living by selling milk to the villagers, and he made a very good living this way... (Peru) Spanish version

    Central American Folklore

    * Anansi Borrows Money
    Bra Anansi was one of the trickiest guys around. He and Mrs. Anansi had just gotten married and Mrs. Anansi got pregnant. When it came time for her to deliver, Anansi didn’t have enough money to pay the midwife. He only needed five dollars to pay her, so he decided to borrow it from his friends. (Belize)

    * The legend of the Turrialba
    Many years it has, before the conquest, inhabited this fertile region, strong and brave Indians. The Cacique, old widower, took care of like only treasure his daughter, beautiful young person of fifteen years, body esbelto, chests in maturation, provocative brown meats. (Costa Rica) Spanish version

    * The Siguanaba
    It is a Salvadoran myth that speaks of an appearance in form of woman with face covered by thick, black-gray hair, arms with fine hands, amarfiladas, long and thin fingers with shining nails and pointed. The Siguanaba only appears to them by the nights... (El Salvador) Spanish version

    * The Man Who Sold His Soul
    A good but unfortunate man decides to leave hardships selling his soul to the devil. (Guatemala) Spanish version

    * The Invisible Hunters
    Late one Saturday afternoon, three brothers left the village of Ulwas on the Coco River in Nicaragua. They were going to hunt wari, the wild pig which is so delicious to eat. After walking an hour through the bush, they heard a voice. "Dar. Dar. Dar." said the voice. The brothers stopped. They looked around, but there was nobody there. Then they heard the voice again. "Dar. Dar. Dar." The voice came from a vine that was swinging from a tree in front of them. (Nicaragua)

    * Hunahpu and Ixbalanque
    In the beginning of time there was no Earth, no Sun and no Moon. There only existed Heaven, the house of Gucumatz, the father and mother of all the creatures, and Hell, the house of the Ahauab de Xibalba, the Lords of Hell. (Honduras)

    Caribbean Folktales

    * The Animals of the Forest
    One sunny morning, Compere Sheep was working in his field. His hut was not far from the trees where Humming Bird lived. There were banana trees all around... (Martinique)

    * Guanina
    Guanina was a Taino Indian princess in love with Don Cristobal de Sotomayor, a Spanish officer who had come to Boriquen to conquer and colonize. Her brother, Guaybana, was the principal chief of the Tainos who hated the Spaniards because of the way they had mistreated and betrayed the Tainos. He swore revenge against the Spaniards. Juan Gonzalez, Sotomayor’s aide, found out about the plan to kill his captain and tried to warn him... (Puerto Rico )

    * Haitian Proverbs, Riddles, Jokes and Folktales
    Haiti is an oral culture. There is a long tradition of proverbs, jokes, riddles and stories which people have been telling around the evening fire for centuries. (Haiti)

    * La Diablesse
    La Diablesse ( Lajables ), the Devil Woman, roames at night. She has eyes like burning coals and a face resembling that of a corpse, but hides it under a beautiful wide-brimmed hat and a veil over her face... (Trinidad)

    * Legends and Myths of the Bahamas
    The Islands of the Bahamas, rich in history and tradition, has its share of legends and folklore. Early inhabitants brought some of these beliefs with them when they settled on the islands... (Bahamas)

    * Origin of the Sea
    There was a man named Yaya who had a son Yayael, whose name means son of Yaya. Yayael wanted to kill his father. When Yaya found out that his son wanted to kill him, he had him exiled for four months and then killed him himself. (Puerto Rico)

    * Tying Tiger
    One great hungry time. Anansi couldn't get anyt'ing to eat, so he take up his hand-basket an' a big pot an' went down to the sea-side to catch fish. When he reach there, he make up a large fire and put the pot on the fire, an' say, "Come, big fish!" He catch some big fish put them aside... (Jamaica)

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