Thursday, July 26, 2012

Chupacabras in Folklore

Here's another fun folklore tidbit. Today's topic is Chupacabras, so let's go ahead and dig right in.

Chupacabras means "goat sucker." Chupacabra is also used, but it is a regularized form of the original word. As you might have guessed from the sucking part up there, this guy enjoys drinking blood. This folklore originates in Puerto Rican and has roots in other Latin American folklore. That surprised me since I'd thought before it was from Mexico.

The chupacabras is most commonly described as a reptile-like creature with scaly skin and sharp spines running along its back. It supposedly hops like a kangaroo and has sharp fangs, a forked tongue, and stands about 3-4 feet tall. It's also described as smelling like sulfur. A less common description of the chupacabras is a hairless wild dog with a pronounced spine, fangs, and claws. It is supposed to look like a dog-reptile hybrid.

When it bites it drains out the victim's blood (like a vampire) and even their organs sometimes. The bite mark is said to be either three holes in the shape of an upside-down triangle, two holes, or one, which isn't a very definite answer. *grin*

Interesting Facts: Chupacabras received its name from the fact that it has a habit of attacking livestock, and particularly goats. It was first reportedly spotted in 1995 in Puerto Rico. Biologists and others who have researched it conclude that the chupacabras are merely coyotes, or dogs, with mange, which explains the less common description of the vampire-like beast. It's been featured in many books, video games, TV shows, and movies.

Have you heard of the Chupacabras before? If so, where did you learn about it?

Sarah Mäkelä

1 comment:

  1. Actually, I have. Watched a cheap made for TV movie about one on a cruise ship on the Sci-Fi channel. So bad, I laughed.