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The Werewolf of Death

Time again for a mythological werewolf, one of my favorite kinds. This time we’ll jump head first into the world of Guaraní mythology and tell the tale of Tau and Kerana and their werewolf son.

One day Tau, the spirit of evil, saw the incredibly beautiful Guaraní woman, Kerana and had to have her. So like most men in mythology, he kidnapped her and then had seven babies with her. Unfortunately for them, the goddess Arasy cursed all of the children. The seven children in order of birth…

1. Teju Jagua: A half-lizard, half-dog creature considered the protector of fruit and the lord of caverns.
2. Mbói Tu’ĩ: A massive snake with the head of a parrot who is the lord of rivers and protector of all aquatic life.
3. Moñái: Another giant snake, but this time no parrot head, just a big horn. Said to be the lord and protector of the fields.
4. Jasy Jaterei: The only child to look normal and attractive. He is the lord of the siesta.
5. Kurupi: A small and ugly man with a large penis. He is, of course, a god of sexuality and fertility.
6. Ao Ao: Appeared as either a monstrous sheep or peccary and is lord of hills and mountains.
7. Luison: A part wolf, part human creature who is lord of death and protector of cemeteries.

As I’m sure you can guess, Luison is the star of this post, for he is the werewolf in the family. Since Luison was the seventh son, he was the most cursed of the bunch. He barely looked human at all – he had long dirty hair that covered most of his body and his skin was pale and sickly looking. He also always reeked of death and decay. He was so horrifying and repulsive his very appearance would fill one with terror.

Since Guaraní myths weren’t written down but spread by word, the descriptions change from tribe to tribe. In other versions Luison is an unsightly wild dog-like creature with razor sharp teeth and red, glowing eyes.

Luison lived only in cemeteries and burial grounds. He ate nothing but death and rotting flesh. In the myth he is the Guaraní version of the Grim Reaper – to see him meant death was coming. But over the years this has been mostly forgotten and now people believe that he is more like a werewolf that hunts and kills anyone.

– Moonlight

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moonlight • January 23, 2010

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