Daily Myth-Brazilian: Curupira

So everyday at about midnight I post one of these, but it seems that the time listed here is a universal time or something so all the daily myths are not really labeled on the correct dates. I hope that is O.K. I just felt the need to point this out, because it really bothered me that they were not listed as the correct dates and that my time does not correspond to the WordPress one. Anyways lets talk about mythology! This one is a little bit shorter than I was hoping.

Curupira (I found this picture on pinterest, and it is so cute. But I am having difficulty finding who the artist is so if anyone knows please tell me).

Curupira (I found this picture on pinterest, and it is so cute. But I am having difficulty finding who the artist is so if anyone knows please tell me).

Curupira is a character of Brazilian folklore. It began as the folklore of the Tupi people, indigenous people of Brazil who lived near the Amazon river, and became a story of all Brazilians.

He lives with in the Amazon rain forest protecting the animals and plants with in it. A little dwarf man, Curupira is usually shown as a little kid like Saci. In most depictions, he is riding a large wild boar like creature called Collard Peccary. This is because he seems similar to another figure called the Caapora/Caipora who looks similar Curupira, but his feet are not backwards. Curupira has bright redish orange hair that looks like fire, some say green pointy, and his most distinguishing feature of feet that are turned backwards. The legends say that Curupira creates mischief for  travelers and hunters, primarily using his backwards feet to create fake footprints to confuse them. Other ways he confuses hunters is by creating loud sounds, whistling, and producing illusions so as to scare away the people.

His main goal is to protect the wildlife in the forest. He kills hunters who take to much from the forest, more than they need. His primary concern are animals who are taking care of their young.

In one small story, Curupira goes around knocking on the each tree and listening to the sound. He is checking for the tree’s firmness. If any tree seems as if it could fall soon during a storm or rough wind, he warns all the forest creatures to stay away from that area till the tree comes down. Curupira is also considered to have heightened speed when running and to be quite strong, giving him the ability to protect the forest and to be faster than the hunters.

 

Curupira from the Turma do Monica Comics (folklore edition)

Curupira from the Turma do Monica Comics (folklore edition)

 

If you wanna learn more about Curupira check out the following website: http://eyesonbrazil.com/2010/08/11/the-folkloric-curupira-protector-of-the-forest/

-Blog Barista

 

 

Adventure Time has been speaking to me on an emotional level lately.

Adventure Time has been speaking to me on an emotional level lately.

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