Underline the words in Spanish that you know or can figure out based on cognates. Ciguapa



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Ciguapa

Las ciguapas son extrañas mujeres salvajes que habitan en las montanas y poseen poder mágico. Son de tez morena, de ojos negros, de pelo suave y lustroso, tan largo que es la única vestimenta de su cuerpo a la intemperie. En algunas regiones los campesinos dicen que son diminutas y de cuerpo desproporcionado; otros que tienen las piernas largas y delgadas.

Todos sostienen sin embargo que tienen la cara hermosa. Quizás las ciguapas más que bellas, sean tristes, pues tienen los pies al revés y dejan huellas contrarias al rumbo de su destino. Estas criaturas son esencialmente nocturnas o prefieren las zonas oscuras de los bosques; cuando salen lo hacen en busca de frutas, peces o aves con los cuales se alimentan.

En algunas regiones han visto a las ciguapas cabalgar por las madrugadas en los llanos de las montanas, y las han descubierto haciendo trenzas en las crines y las colas de los caballos. No obstante, se añade que es preferible dejarlas en paz, pues es tan grande el dolor que sienten en cautiverio, que al final mueren de pena. Si usted ve a una ciguapa, nunca la mire a los ojos para que no le embruje con su poder.


A ciguapa is a supernatural female being living in the deepest mountain regions of the Dominican Republic. She has dark brown or blue skin with deep black eyes and has very long hair that wraps around her body.

She can never be caught because her feet are turned backwards so that when she walks she leaves a false trail that always leads her followers away.

The ciguapa are said to be the spirits of Taino women who died while hiding from Spanish settlers in the Cordillera Central. They haunt the mountain trails by night, seducing young men to their deaths by drowning.

The ciguapa are also described as tiny women with golden skin who are mute except for the birdsongs that they sing in order to lure men into river caves where they will be trapped forever. Another variation describes small golden women covered with fur, who howl but do not speak, and travel through the tree tops by jumping from branch to branch.

The ciguapa are also said to resemble nocturnal birds that cry with a human-like voice.

Cryptozoologist, Scott Corrales, has suggested that the Maboya, a spirit of Taino mythology that appears in many forms including the ciguapa, is related to the Chupacabra.

They may also be related to the ciguanaba of El Salvador, and the biembienes who are also spirits of people who escaped into the mountains and died. Other beings with backwards turned feet include the Abarimon and the Nulo. Also known as mountain sirens, and in some areas male ciguapas are also described.


Where do ciguapas live?


Do you believe in ciguapas? Why or why not? If not, why do you think people created this myth?

Sources: http://www.cuco.com.ar/ciguapa.htm



http://www.lizaphoenix.com/encyclopedia/ciguapa.shtml

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