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Friday, November 25, 2011

El Cucuy an article by Ms. Baggs

Wikipedia says,  "In Mexico and among Mexican-Americans, El Cucuy is portrayed as an evil monster that hides under children's bed at night and kidnaps or eats the child that does not obey his/her parents or go to sleep when it is time to do so.

El Cucuy is a Boogie Man. A bogeyman (also spelled bogieman, boogeyman or boogieman) is an amorphous imaginary being used by adults to frighten children into behaving. The monster has no specific appearance, and conceptions about it can vary drastically from household to household within the same community; in many cases, he has no set appearance in the mind of an adult or child, but is simply a non-specific embodiment of terror. Parents may tell their children that if they misbehave, the bogeyman will get them. Bogeymen may target a specific mischief — for instance, a bogeyman that punishes children who suck their thumbs — or general misbehavior, depending on what purpose needs serving. In some cases, the bogeyman is a nickname for the devil."

"No one knows what “El Cucuy” looks like. What we do know is that El Cucuy is some sort of a gobbling goblin with an appetite for children who fail to obey authority. This goblin, ghost, monster, or whatever he may be, will eat you if you don’t listen to your parents." from an article in the Tuscon Citizen.com

What is interesting to this reporter is that I did see the Cucuy twins and I do know what they look like. I have been instructed to say the following. "Cucuy prefer their privacy and would be far less scary if the humans knew what they actually look like." And that is a very accurate statement. More like a furball than a devil.

The twins have been prowling this area for at least 100 years. Many settlements, homes and humans have been laid victim to the snarling, fowl tempered beasts. They are after all from the earth and have a mind set of protecting earth. We should all take a lesson from their unselfish protection of terra firma. They would actually prefer to be known for their protection of the earth rather than the bad reputation they have.

Twin 1 was the best communicator of the two and was much easier to understand, less growling and snarling from him. He stayed with me in the crawlspace under the house for a full hour telling me tales of ranchos and the cowboys who settled here in the Rio Grande Valley. And most especially, the children who are the bane of El Cucuy's existence because of their laughter. It has nothing to do with behavior but rather volume of the laughs that are part of childhood. The laughter hurts their very tiny external ears.

The Cucuy usually live close to the earth, in the dark and only prowl at night. They are sensitive creatures and can feel fear, anger and malice and are attracted to these more base emotions. You can usually find this beast close to angry or scared people. This may be why reports of Cucuy terrorizing already frightened children exist. Parents use El Cucuy into behaving themselves and then El Cucuy feel or sense the fear and further frighten the child.

The twins were drawn to this house, not because of the current residents but rather the former dwellers. They have stayed on because the current humans are very fond of the creatures of the "here and there" as well as the other worlds. The veil is very often opened because of their activities and this makes it a very sought after place for the magickal beings to dwell.

Not all humans are susceptible to El Cucuy. And those are the people that El Cucuy guard or protect. They actually have feeling toward the unscareable ones. I later found out that the literal translation is the "ones with no good sense". Go figure. They do seem to be very fond of the humans here and even pet names for their favorites. I am so very glad I was able to interview these fascinating creatures.

I watched as the twins disappeared into the dark corner of the crawlspace and suddenly felt more comfortable knowing that they are here with this house.


  1. Aww, so nice to meet the fuzzballs that are the Cucuy. We don't have bogeymen like them over here (I imagine it would be a tad cold for these wee guys)

  2. I have not heard of the Cucuy before now but think there may be cousins of the Cucuy living in the crawl space under our house. I haven't seen them but I've heard them on my late night or early morning prowling and bumping into things in the dark. I've never been afraid of the boogieman so whatever is under the house doesn't bother me one little bit. Honest!!
    Thanks for sharing this facinating information with us.

  3. My mother actually fired a maid when we were kids because she told us stories about the Cucuy!! LOL Of course, said fuzzball was always something I would use to scare the bajeebers out of my bro, Fred...he was so easy in those days!! LOL But when he started scaring my little bro with the same stories, I flattened him...no one messed with my little guy, not even a brother!! LOL

    Well, I learned more about them and they just don't seem to hang out here, or maybe they do and I'm just not noticing...I think they had something to do with my procrastination yesterday!! Who knows.

    Have a good one.

    Loves ya,

  4. This reminds me so much of a poem I had to memorize when I was in the fifth grade. Little Orphan Annie:

    To all the little children: -- The happy ones; and sad ones;
    The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;
    The good ones -- Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones.

    LITTLE Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
    An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
    An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
    An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
    An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
    We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
    A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
    An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
    Ef you

    Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn't say his prayers,--
    An' when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,
    His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,
    An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wuzn't there at all!
    An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press,
    An' seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'-wheres, I guess;
    But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an' roundabout:--
    An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
    Ef you

    An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
    An' make fun of ever' one, an' all her blood-an'-kin;
    An' wunst, when they was "company," an' ole folks wuz there,
    She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
    An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,
    They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
    An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'fore she knowed what she's about!
    An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
    Ef you

    An' little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue,
    An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!
    An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,
    An' the lightnin'-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--
    You better mind yer parunts, an' yer teachurs fond an' dear,
    An' churish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,
    An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,
    Er the Gobble-uns 'll git you
    Ef you

    It was written by John Whitcomb Riley and when I was little I just loved this poem. That was my favorite teacher too. He really believed in me (the only teacher who did) and loved my poetry. It's he who I think fondly of when I look back at those years. Thank you for bringing me this wonderful memory back through the telling of your story about El Cucuy. Loved it.

    Bright Blessings my friend,

  5. Thank you so much for the introduction/interview of the El Cucuy twins. I had never heard of them before and I am always honored to learn of earth protecting entities. I wonder if there are any in Tennessee. If there are, I will be sure not to be afraid of them and maybe, if I am really lucky, I will get a sideways glance before they disapear. ;-)


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