El Chupacabras in the Spanish Culture

El Chupacabras in the Spanish Culture

The rabid, wild creature lurks in the shadows and sucks the blood of its victims.  Will El Chupacabras visit you anytime soon? 

Next, to Dracula, the most famous Vampire-like being known to suck and drink the blood of its victims, is a mysterious beast that lives in the shadows.  There are no known video or photographs of this blood-sucking beast, only dead bodies left over from its slayings.

Sound like anyone you know?  Perhaps the IRS or professionals at your local attorney’s office?

Does the name Chupacabra ring a bell?

Imagine mangy, furless skin and red beading eyes, with sharper fangs than your Martha Stewart kitchen knife set.  The Chupacabra is alive and well, hunting hungrily for its next victim.  Maybe it will be you.

With only a few eyewitness sightings, no one has ever laid eyes long enough on the murderous creature to verify its existence. Just the dead bloodless bodies of its victims are found and verified.  The Chupacabra is stealthy, thirsty, and could be in your backyard sneaking around right now.  You’d better put your fluffy pet inside, just to be sure.

The victims of the Chupacabras are typically found entirely drained of blood.

Those who have claimed to see the creature say that it stands about five feet tall, has sturdy legs that allow it to leap vast distances, sharp claws, and eerie, glowing red eyes.  It has sharp spikes down its back and is rumored to be a product of a top-secret U.S. government genetic experiment that took place in the rainforest of Puerto Rico.  Maybe that’s where some of U.S. politicians come from too.

Others believe that the Chupacabra is not from planet Earth and that it’s an extraterrestrial being brought by spaceships.

The Chupacabra circulates throughout the nightmares of Spanish-speaking areas like Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, and Florida.

There are two versions of the beast, and the Puerto Rican Chupacabra looks like a reptile and stands on its haunches like a kangaroo.  It has grayish-green leathery skin and has large spines up and down its back.  The legend had such a powerful effect on those in Puerto Rico that former Mayor Jose Soto gathered a group of volunteers together to hunt the creature for a year, without any success.

Although the Chupacabra came into recent lore amid the mid 90’s, the legend goes back almost 3,000 years as the term “goat sucker” was found in Mayan literature.  Although they referred to the creature at that time as the Camazotz, it was described as a vampire bat with a lizard-like face that could turn into a statue by day.  Creepy, huh?

Unlike the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, or Sasquatch the Chupacabra has been noted by scientists to be ordinary animals like coyotes and dogs that are overcome by a parasitic infection which causes them to lose their fur and take on an unsettling appearance.  They look like monsters unleashed from the demon gates of hell roaming tirelessly for their next snack.  Like I look on Monday morning.

Although scientists think they have the Chupacabra solved, it’s still a mystery of the modern day.

If you are interested in learning more about various cultural myths of Spanish-speaking origin, enroll in online Spanish lessons at Kasa De Franko.  Not only can you learn how to converse in Spanish, you can also read the legends, folktales, and stories that are embedded in Latino culture. If you don’t start learning Spanish soon, “El Chupacabras” will come to you to suck all your blood!


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