Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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Perhaps it would serve me well (and my adoring public, I have 2 views now) to explain the name. “El Chupacabra” is Spanish for the goatsucker. Not the coolest I know, however, there has been a significant increase in the intrigue surround this creature.

The legend of El Chupacabra has been around for centuries. Indigenous peoples throughout Latin America all have roughly similar accounts of a large humanoid being that terrorized livestock. This creature has been depicted in folklore as standing 3-4 feet tall with big red eyes that hypnotize its prey, big sharp teeth and a forked tongue. It got its name for the way in which it kills its prey, a la Dracula style.

Over the past decade, reports of the goatsucker have increased in frequency and expanded in geographical range from Puerto Rico, to Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Chile and as north as the Carolinas. Goatsuckers are no longer considered a plague from God or the devils minions, and now several new theories have emerged. Still remain some hypothesis that they are the escaped pets of alien visitors, but the newest and most popular ideas are rather amusing.

In Venezuela, woman’s advocacy groups claim that societies elites crossbred wild dogs until they had a monstrous hybrid. The intention was to release these hound periodically to terrorize villages so as to prevent women entrepreneurs from raising livestock. That way the exclusively male ruling elite could retain power over their agro business.

In Mexico, it has been said that a canned fruit company, in concert with the United States Government, produced the monster to force local farmers off their land so that they could buy up all the land. The displaced farmers would then have to travel to Guadalajara or Mexico City in search of work, and guess what, there was plenty of work at that same company’s canning factories.

While traveling in Mexico, I asked a local bakery shop owner who or what is El Chupascabra? The response was El Presidente: Vincente Fox.

Although other strange creatures have attained some degree of fame, like the Moth Man who had a movie on the subject with Richard Gere, or the New Jersey Devil who had a hockey team named after it, the Chupacabra has experience little of the same notoriety. Its interesting to note that the origins are evolving, always subject to new interpretation compared to the relatively agreed upon creation of the other two beings. Yet it hasn’t been able to parley this into commercial success. Perhaps some career counseling would benefit the goatsucker, in its attempt to reach levels of fame hereto unattainable.


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