Cultural Aspects of the Southern Region (continued)

Cultural Aspects of the Southern Region (continued)

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Myths and legends

One of the main characters of Brazilian and Southern folklore is saci. It emerged among indigenous tribes in the southern region of Brazil, around the eighteenth century.

In the south, he is depicted as a dark-haired boy with a tail that pricks for adventures in the woods. He wears a red hood and has only one leg. In addition, it is represented by smoking a pipe and, according to legend, to capture it is necessary to take the hood to hide it.

Saci, folklore character of the Southern Region

Another local legend is Boitatá, a snake-shaped monster. According to recount, he hid from a flood in a hole and so his eyes got bigger. In some stories, people believe he has fireballs where his eyes are. Already in Santa Catarina, they believe he eats the eyes of the animals he kills, and so has this fiery sight. During the day he is blind and only sees at night when he goes hunting. Its name, in indigenous language, means "fire thing".

Boitatá Representation

Curupira is another character widespread in southern folklore. He is represented by a boy with flowing hair who has his feet back. He is responsible for protecting the forest and the animals. Legend has it that he is riding a bush pig and has the ability to deceive his hunter. The turned feet deceive the hunter, who gets lost in the woods trying to hunt him down. Those who believe in history avoid hunting animals on Fridays with a full moon, on Sundays and on holy days.

Representation of Curupira, character of the folklore of the Southern Region

Negrinho do Pastoreio is an African-Christian legend long told in the late nineteenth century by Brazilians who advocated the end of slavery, and very popular in southern Brazil. The legend tells the story of a slave boy who is mistreated and dies in an anthill. Legend has it that when people lose something, they light a candle for the grazing Negrinho, believing that the boy will help to find the lost object.

Representation of the Negrinho of herding, character of the folklore of the South

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