millalobo

Okay, so a little bit of Chile here. The story of Huenchula and the Millalobo is a bit similar to the story of Persephone and Hades. This story is part of Chiloe’s folklore. At the south of Chile (Los Lagos “the lakes” region) there is a group of Islands (archipiélago de Chiloe) and the biggest one is called Chiloe.

Huenchula was a young girl, daughter of a machi (mapuche’s female religious leader and healer). One day she went to a lake to look for water and she saw a mysterious creature, some kind of sea-lion. There are different versions, some say that the sea-lion abducted her; others say that she willingly left with the sea-lion. The sea-lion was The Millalobo, the King of the underworld/seaworld. He was a merman, half human, half sea-lion.

Huenchula became the Queen and her role was associated to the fertility and balance of the sea-world.
Together with Millalobo, she had 3 children: the Pincoya (protects the fertility, with her dances she anounces if fishing will be plenting, and she has full human body) , the Pincoy (merman prince who aids his sisters) and the Sirena (mermaid), who aid them in the role of taking care of the sea and lakes.
There is also the Caleuche, the ghost ship that carries the soul of the dead. It is said that Millalobo leads it or built it, and their children help in the task of guiding the souls. 

:3 I have a rough idea for a book on Chiloe’s myth, and I want to work on it once I finish my greek-myth series ♥

Mythology from my Country aka Tired of European based Mythology

We all love dragons (even though they are not from Europe only), we all love fairies, nimphs, trolls, unicorns, and many others. But you know what? eff them all. They are not my mythological creatures, they are not familiar to me, they do not belong to me. As a reader, it gets tiring reading about them in every fantasy book and many times I wonder, if you’re creating a whole new world, why on earth are you using the same old creatures?

That’s why I’m posting some mythological creatures from my country and its regions. There are many more than the ones that follow but these ones are my favourites and they are different from the ones we all know.

Behold, the creatures that used to haunt my nightmares when I was a kid.

El Invunche

Once a child, now a monster. El Invunche is the first born given to witches or abducted by them. He or she works as a butler but they don’t look like one. The process begins with breaking the right leg of the child and wrap it around their own back, unguents are used to make the hair grows thicker and their tongue is cut in two. The witches feed the child with meat, dead people’s meat. El Invunche can’t speak, they only emits unpleasant sounds. I wouldn’t go alone hiking in the woods, because you can’t see a Invunche but they can see you, and if they haven’t eaten enough your bones might end up in the Witches’ cave.

El Caleuche

Caleuche is the name given to a ship. A ghost ship. I know there are many ghost ships sailing around the seven seas. But this one is commanded by the devil himself (that’s what I once heard). Witches and wizards are the crew while unfortunate souls do the hard work. Some of them are living humans beings with a leg wrapped to their backs so they can’t run, some others were dead until they stepped on El Caleuche and came back to life. None of us can see this ship, to our eyes it’d look like a piece of wood floating in the sea. It never sails during the day, only at night where an endless party takes place. There’s the idea that El Caleuche is a concious being, a ghost ship given feelings by Millalobo, the most powerful creature if the oceans. (The name, Caleuche, comes from the mapudungun kalewtun, to transform, and che, people)

El Tue Tue

El Tue Tue is a bird, but not any bird. Is a head whose ears are now wings. And is not any head either, is the head of a witch or a wizard. Their soul leaves the body and the head splits from it, then they fly to meet with other witches and wizards. Their name comes from their screams “Tué tué!”. If you hear one, tell them you don’t have nor bread nor salt, because if you invite them for dinner next day, they’ll show up in your front door as a young woman or as an old one. Some of them don’t go to these meetings, instead they fly over someone’s house to cause damage or to announce a death. Before the transformation they have to apply a lotion and carry with them another one, this way they can go back to their human form. It is told that if they say: No God, no Holy Mary, the devil gives them more power. I’ll keep my ears open tonight, in case a Tue Tue is around

El Alicanto

Another bird. An actual bird. A golden bird. It feeds woth gold and silver and many men have followed the Alicanto trying to find a golden or a silver mine. But you must not be seen, otherwise, you will be fooled by the Alicanto. If your desires of fortune are too desperate the Alicanto will take you to a cliff where you’ll find certain death.

La Cuca

Half woman, half cow. Wanders around to enter into a house and take people from their bed to place them somewhere else without any harm. How she became what she is now? No one knows. But her face is always covered and you can’t hear her coming.

El Cuero

The literal translation would be The Leather, but we’ll keep calling it Cuero. Lives in pools, lakes and the seashore, but preferably in small and dark gaps. It has the form of a cattle leather. Just a few have seen its head, only to find tentacles ending in red eyes. Underneath its body there’s the mouth and when it feeds it sucks the blood out of its prey. Be careful when walking or swimming in these places, El Cuero has the ability to control the tides, raising the waters to wrap its victim and to drag it to the bottom of the pond. To get rid of El Cuero, if you can, you’ll need the help of a Machi, where they blind it using caulker.

These are the versions I know about these mythological creatures. There are many others versions and there are more creatures to know. Many of them are directly related to a culture. El Alicanto is found in the Northen region of my country where mines are more common than in the Southern region, where El Invunche, El Caleuche, El Cuero and El Tue Tue are found. The last ones (I’d leave El Cuero behind) have elements of two different cultures. Many mythological creatures have a shared ancestry, where two or more cultures collide (usually) a long time ago. 

The natural course of mythology is the story to change, some elements are removed, others are added. The same when someone tells a story. Use different elementes, try new things, you might end up surprising not only yourself but many people with the things that are in your mind.

L.-

motsimages  asked:

Hi! I just read your post about mythology from your country, I really enjoyed it but they are all monsters or scary creatures of some kind... do you have any kind creatures as well? Any naughty-but-nice creature? Thanks! Have a great day!

There are kind creatures here, but some of them, even some mentioned in the other posts, are just creatures. Nor good nor evil, some of them, specially, the nonhuman animals, with no human features, are said to behave like animals and what they do isn’t because they are evil, but because that’s the way they live.

But there are creatures that are known because they don’t cause any damage, here are some.

La Pincoya

The daughter of Millalobo and Huenchula. Is the sea goddess of fertility. She’s known because of her beauty, her red or blonde hair and her dances. When she dances facing the ocean, fishermen know there will be plenty of fishes, and when she dances looking at the beach, there’ll be food shortage. She dresses with seaweed. Fishermen are very fond of this woman, when there’s a shipwreck, she carries the men to the shore, and when they die on the sea, she takes them to El Caleuche, so they can live forever. 

Coquena/ Yastay/ Llastay

This creature isn’t strictly from my country, but of the region. Protector of the vicunas and guanacos. He might look like a man of short height, wearing a chujillo (a hat with earflaps), a poncho, sandals and a viper’s necklace. Some people say he has a lead hand to punish hunters who use firearms, and a wool hand to pet the animals he protects. But he might also look like a big guanaco, a white guanaco or a fire guanaco. When he transforms into a man his eyes are like the eyes of a puma, with a powerful voice, and his tracks aren’t human’s but guanaco’s. He runs faster than any other animals and can turn into wind to disappear. He doesn’t allow killing chulengos (guanacos’ offspring), or female guanacos, only males who have separated from the group. 

The next two mythological creatures belong to a culture from my country, and to a neighbour country, that is still alive. If you want to write about them, read, ask permission, and be respectful. These creatures are related to the flood myth of the Mapuche.

Trentren Vilu and Caicai Vilu

Two serpents. The first one is the Earth serpent, has control over the earth and volcanos. The second one is the Sea serpent, has control over the sea. These two serpents are the offspring of two powerful pillanes (demons) and are adversaries. Caicai woke up from his long sleep because of the ungrattitude of the people towards the ocean. Caicai ordered the waters to invade the earth and dragged people to the ocean. By doing so, he was entering into Trentren’s territory. People asked for his helped and he answered. He helped people and animals by getting them on his back, and took them to the hills. He turned the ones he couldn’t help into birds, the ones who had drown into fishes and mammals. The higher Caicai elevated the waters, the higher Trentren rose the mountains. There was a battle between the two serpents being Trentren the winner only because there was still land above the sea level. After the flood myth there’s the fire myth, where it was time for Trentren to get mad at people, who had to move to another place because of volcanic activity. Even now Trentren shows his rage creating earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, while the increase of sea levels and tsunamis are because Caicai is moving in his long sleep.

These are some of the mythological creatures you can find in my country as a whole, there are others but they are deities who belong to different parthenons of different cultures. To learn about them you have to do some research on their cosmology and history, and, of course, be careful with cultural appropiation.

L.-