Back within my blog archives, you’ll see I’ve visited the beautiful country of Nicaragua a time or two (actually it’s been much more than that but I’ve only written about it a couple times). That’s because my better half is from Nicaragua and quite frankly, the country, its people and culture have always fascinated me. In the spirit of Halloween, I’ve decided to share a few spooky folk legends that have been passed down through my husband’s family. There are many different versions and add-ons to these stories but I’m sharing these versions in particular. May they inspire ideas for your writing and lead to a spooky Halloween indeed!
Originating in the town of Leon, Nicaragua, many believe this to be a two-wheeled cart driven by death himself. Most never see this cart but almost all in a town can hear its click-click on the cobblestones as it passes through town collecting souls in suffering and those who do bad things. Those who dared to pull their curtains aside or peek out through cracks in their walls, suffered fevers for days and risked waking up with bloody marks on their back from death’s whip. Would you take a peak?
El Cadejo Negro– The Devil’s Dog
Legend has it that a black dog with red eyes follows the lone walkers as they walk the streets at midnight. For those who are unlucky, this evil spirit is said to attack them and leave them dead. The second part of the legend speaks of a white dog or good spirit who protects those who are good of heart. If you dare leave the house at midnight, you better hope the latter comes to your rescue.
The legend talks about a beautiful woman who had a son and she fell in love with a rich young man from another town. The man loved the woman but not her son and proposed that she give him away. The woman said she would not leave her son but the man threatened to kill both her and her son if she did not marry him. Sad, she escaped with her son to a cave called “La Mocuana” near the town of Trinidad, Nicaragua. She walked and walked until she got lost and died with her soul in suffering. These days, it is said that she leaves her cave after midnight every night, dressed in a white silk dress. If any child is awake or crying, she comes and takes them, thinking they are her son. Lesson to kids, go to sleep on time!
Thanks for joining me. I hope you enjoyed these legends. These are many more to share but we just may have to wait for next Halloween. Enjoy your trick-or-treating!