Latin American Folklore







Carribean Folklore

 

  • The Animals of the Forest
    One sunny morning, Compere Sheep was working in his field. His hut was not far from the trees where Humming Bird lived. There were banana trees all around... (Martinique)
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  • Guanina
    Guanina was a Taino Indian princess in love with Don Cristobal de Sotomayor, a Spanish officer who had come to Boriquen to conquer and colonize. Her brother, Guaybana, was the principal chief of the Tainos who hated the Spaniards because of the way they had mistreated and betrayed the Tainos. He swore revenge against the Spaniards. Juan Gonzalez, Sotomayor’s aide, found out about the plan to kill his captain and tried to warn him... (Puerto Rico )

     

  • Haitian Proverbs, Riddles, Jokes and Folktales
    Haiti is an oral culture. There is a long tradition of proverbs, jokes, riddles and stories which people have been telling around the evening fire for centuries. (Haiti)

     

  • La Diablesse
    La Diablesse ( Lajables ), the Devil Woman, roames at night. She has eyes like burning coals and a face resembling that of a corpse, but hides it under a beautiful wide-brimmed hat and a veil over her face... (Trinidad)

     

  • Legends and Myths of the Bahamas
    The Islands of the Bahamas, rich in history and tradition, has its share of legends and folklore. Early inhabitants brought some of these beliefs with them when they settled on the islands... (Bahamas)

     

  • Origin of the Sea
    There was a man named Yaya who had a son Yayael, whose name means son of Yaya. Yayael wanted to kill his father. When Yaya found out that his son wanted to kill him, he had him exiled for four months and then killed him himself. (Puerto Rico)

     

  • Tying Tiger
    One great hungry time. Anansi couldn't get anyt'ing to eat, so he take up his hand-basket an' a big pot an' went down to the sea-side to catch fish. When he reach there, he make up a large fire and put the pot on the fire, an' say, "Come, big fish!" He catch some big fish put them aside... (Jamaica)

 

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