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    Brazil have beautiful folklore with a lot of magic and poetry

    Brazilian folklore is synonymous with a popular culture, and represents the social identity of the community through its cultural creations, collective or individual; it is also an essential part of the culture of Brazil. Although it has immemorial roots.
    Being composed of the most varied contributions - with emphasis on the Portuguese, African and indigenous cultures - the folklore of Brazil is extremely rich and diverse, being the subject of numerous studies and receiving wide national and international dissemination

    Here are a few exemples:


    An indigenous legend that describes a fire snake with huge or flaming eyes. Reports of Boitatá were found in letters from the Jesuit priest José de Anchieta, in 1560. For the Indians he is "Mbaê-Tata", or Coisa de Fogo, and lives at the bottom of rivers. The narrative varies widely from region to region. The only survivor of a great flood that covered the land, Boitatá escaped by entering a hole and staying there, in the dark, which is why his eyes grew. Others say it is the soul of an evildoer, who burns the bush as he passes. On the other hand, in certain places it protects the forest from fires. Sometimes it chases night travelers, or is seen as a sparkling beam of fire running from side to side of the forest. It has several other names: Cumadre Fulôzinha, Baitatá, Batatá, Bitatá, Batatão and Biatatá. Boitatá can be a magical explanation for the phenomenon of wisp.


    It is a monster with the body of a man, the snout of a tapir or anteater and the feet of a giraffe, which roams during the nights, in search of some food, around the banks of the Xingu River. Loves to eat the heads of newborn cats and dogs. He also loves to drink the blood of people and other animals, tearing their carotids. Can only be killed by shooting in the navel area. It is a species of indigenous werewolf.


    Also known as Caipora, Caiçara, Caapora, Anhanga or Pai-do-mato, all of these names identify an entity from Tupi-Guarani mythology, a protector of forests and wild animals. Represented by a dwarf with long, red hair, and with his feet turned backwards, who make those who chase him through the tracks get lost. He rides a pig from the forest and punishes everyone who disrespects nature. When someone disappears in the woods, many inhabitants of the interior believe that it is the work of the curupira. The Indians, to please him, left offerings in the clearings, such as feathers, mats and blankets. It was also said that a person should take a roll of smoke if he were to go into the forest, to offer it if he found it. Its presence has been reported since the early days of colonization. Depending on the region, he may be a woman or a one-legged child who is jumping, or a giant man riding a pig in the bush, with the dog Papa-mel as a companion.


    Reported in Brazil since the 16th century, the legend of Iara is part of universal mythology, being a variant of the mermaid figure. In the beginning, Iara was called Ipupiara, a fish-man who took fishermen to the bottom of the river, where he devoured them. In the 18th century the change took place, and Ipupiara became the seductive mermaid Uiara or Iara, who bewitches fishermen with her beauty and song and takes them to the bottom of the waters. Sometimes she takes on the complete human form and goes in search of her victims.


    Monster that still frightens forest dwellers in the Amazon region today. According to the descriptions, Mapinguari is a monkey-like creature, taller than a man, with dark fur, with a large snout that resembles that of a dog, pointed claws, an alligator skin, one or two eyes and which exhales a strong bad smell. According to the Domingos Parintintin, leader of a tribe, he can only be killed with a blow to the head. But there is a great risk, because the creature has the power to make the victim dizzy and "watch the day turn into night".

    -Mula sem cabeça-

    Hispanic-Portuguese legend, whose most current version is that of a woman, virgin or not, who slept with a priest, so she suffers the curse of transforming herself into that monster at every crossing from Thursday to Friday, at a crossroads. Another version says that if a child was born of this forbidden love, and was a girl, she would become a mule without a head; if a boy, he would be a werewolf. The Mule travels through seven villages that night of transformation, and if it finds someone it sucks its eyes, nails and fingers. Despite its name, the Mule without a head, according to those who have "seen" it, appears as a complete animal, which throws fire through its nostrils and mouth, where it has iron brakes. Sometimes, seen from afar, it seems to cry a human and poignant cry. If someone takes the brakes off you, the spell breaks; it is also enough to inflict any injury, provided that at least one drop of blood is shed.

    -Saci Pererê-

    Probable Portuguese import, first reported in the Southeast Region, in the 19th century. Saci Pererê is a black boy with one leg, and, depending on the region, he is an evil, benevolent or simply playful being. He always has his pipe, and a red cap that gives him magical powers. He lives up to mischief and has a lot of fun with it. He loves to scare horses, burn food and wake people up with laughter. The legend also says that Saci manifests itself as a swirl of wind and dry leaves, and can be captured by casting a sieve or a rosary over the swirl. If someone takes your cap, you have a wish granted. If someone is chased by him, he must throw stiff cords in his path, as he will stop to untie the knots, allowing the person to escape. Sometimes it is said that he has his hands pierced in his palm, and that his greatest fun is throwing a coal into the air so that it goes through the holes. There is a version that says that Caipora is his father. The Tupinambás had a similar history, a bird called Matita-perera, which over time changed its name to Saci-pererê, ceasing to be a bird to become a black cablinho and perneta, which appeared to travelers lost in the woods.

    In Brazil there are many other mythologies like these, full of charm and stories that make you want to fall in love with the poetry of its peculiarities.

    Mythologies are open to interpretation, just let your imagination flow.

    Alguém inspirado pela magia de seu país.

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