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Anon from /tg/ asked me to give him some. Please note that such myths have several iterations which may not be here. If this list seems long, know that I left a lot out. That is because some creatures seemed too basic or similar to better known ones, to be worth it. For example, patagonian giants don't seem to have any remarkable traits. In alphabetical order.


Abaçaí - A sort of indian Pan. A spirit which leads one to dance, sing and party. It possesses the person, leading him or her into a trance. The Abaçaí can also transform into any animal, person or object.

Abúhukü - Abúhuwa are nocturnal creatures who embody disease, death, and all that is evil. They associate with the spirits of dead poisoners, murderers, and male adulterers, and are described as misty creatures from the realm of darkness. Their name is derived from “whiteness”, or the foaming of rapids. They have an extra face in the back of their head, and sticky bodies that make escape from their embrace impossible. An abúhukü will cut a hole in the skull before sucking out the contents of the body. Sometimes prey is rolled in palm leaves and tenderized. Either way, they leave an empty skin hanging from a branch. The abúhuwa were once far more common, and were allied with a race of evil jaguars that worked with them to decimate human populations. Humanity got a respite after a series of floods and fires that reduced the numbers of both predators.
Ajaklalhay - A tribe of birdfolk. It is said that, as the number of human tribes, deities and shamsn grew, these birdmen felt their value decreased. So they decided to burn themselves into a huge bonfire from which they were reborn as all sorts of normal birds. But it is also said that not all of them went into the bonfire. The Ajalalhay knew how to talk with animals, how to summon storms, invoke lightning and strong winds.

Alicanto - The alicanto's wings shine at night with beautiful, metallic colors, and their eyes emit strange lights. Alicantos bring luck to any miner who sees them because they live in small caves containing minerals and feed on gold and silver. If the lucky miner follows an alicanto without being caught, they can find silver or gold. But, if the alicanto discovers them, the bird will guide the greedy miner off a cliff or into a ravine and cause them to fall to their death. The alicanto's color depends entirely on their diet. If the alicanto eats mostly gold, then their feather's color will mirror that, the same goes for silver. They make their nests near hillsides and caverns where they can collect gold and silver to eat. Seeing an alicanto is said to bring one an abundance of luck. One account I found says the alicanto is too heavy to fly and that it has a curved beak and long legs which end on claws.
Amaru ("snake") - A gigantic two-headed snake, the andean equivalent to the dragon. In what seems to be the original written legend, it was turned to stone. it is mentioned that the natives used the dust from the body of the petrified Amaru to heal their ailments. The Amaru is usually associated with the underworld, the earth and seismic movements. This creature is said to cause tremors and earthquakes when it moves through the depths of the earth due to its huge size. It is important to point out that the Amaru of the legends is not always a unique, individual entity; indeed, in a few tales it appears as if there is just one Amaru, but most of them seem to suggest that there are actually several more of them.

Anchimayen - Anchimayens are described as little creatures that take the form of small children, and can transform into fireball flying spheres that emit bright light. They are the servants of a kalku (a type of Mapuche sorcerer), and are created from the corpses of children. It isn't clear to me if they're the same creature as the Anchimallén, which is a type of man-eating dwarf which lives in caves, throws rocks at people and uses spears. It might be that the legend changed over time as all legends eventually do.

Andurá - A tree which flames up at night. It seems that this doesn't harm it whatsoever. Sounds useful as a landmark or as a source of fire.
Ao Ao - As one of the cursed sons of Tau and Kerana, it is one of the central mythological creatures among Guarani-speaking cultures. The Ao Ao is often described as being a voracious sheep-like creature with a massive set of fangs. Alternatively, it is also described as being a large, carnivorous peccary. Its name is derived from the sound that it makes, howling "Ao ao ao!" when it is pursuing its victims. The original Ao Ao is said to have profound reproductive powers and thus sometimes is identified as being the Guaraní spirit of fertility. Ao Ao produced many offspring who are cursed in the same manner, and collectively they served as lords and protectors of the hills and the mountains. Ao Ao is said to have people as its sole source of food. According to most versions of the myth, the Ao Ao, upon locating a victim for its next meal, will pursue the unfortunate person over any distance and over any terrain, not stopping until it has had its meal. If a person attempts to escape by climbing a tree, for example, the Ao Ao will circle the tree, howling incessantly and digging at the roots until the tree falls. In fact, according to the myth the only way to successfully escape from an Ao Ao is to seek shelter by climbing a palm tree.[2] The tree contained some unknown power against the Ao Ao, and if its intended victim did climb one, the creature would howl in defeat and leave in search of another meal. Ao Ao is known for eating clothes.

Boi Vaquim - A winged bull with golden horns which exhale fire. Its eyes are two diamonds. To catch it with a lasso, one must have a fast horse, be brave and have a strong arm.

Boiúna ("Black Snake") - Nocturnal black snake creature which is the most powerful creature of the rivers within the Amazon rainforest. It can take on various shapes in order to frighten away any fishermen that enter its territory. Some of the forms the Boiúna can take on are a canoe, a sailboat, a transatlantic, and a woman.
Boitatá ("Fire Snake") - The legend says that the woods suffered a period of darkness. There was a huge flood as well. All the animals ended up on a hill. A snake woke up due tot he flooding. It was starving and went out to eat. It had the advantage of being the only animal which could see in the dark. For some reason, it only ate eyeballs, so many that they filled its body, making it luminous and flaming. Whoever finds the Boitatá may become blind, crazy and even die. Some believe it protects the woods from people which may set it on fire.

Boraro - Both a creature and its red skin, which seems to lead people to become feral or boraro-like. The Boraro’s skin myth is the following: a man found the skin of a boraro while its owner was fishing shrimps, “the skin was like clothing; the boraro always removed it to swim”, the man put the skin on, and it took control over him. It made him do some dreadfull things: kill and ate he boraro, go to his home and take over his place there –even sleep with his wife. Years later he returned to his tribe and told his story. He went back with a relative to the boraro territory and the relative donned the boraro wife’s skinn while she was fishing. They ate the woman and returned home. Their kinsmen refused to believe them so all went back to the boraro land. The two original men put on the boraro furs and killed and ate the other men. Boraro is also another name for the Curupira, seen below.

Boto - The name of the river dolphins of the Amazon River. It is also the name of the legend associated with them. It is said that during parties and festivals, the boto turns into a handsome man dressed in white clothes and with a white hat which hides the nostril atop his bald head, for it doesn't go away even after it transforms. He seduces young women and sometimes makes them pregnant. So when a woman has a child of an unknown father, it is said the kid is "child of the boto".
Cabra Cabriola - A goat-like monster which causes fear and eats children, "two at a time", so when I used it in my table, I made it up with two heads. It can run along hills and valleys.

Caipora - a dark-skinned, small Native American, naked with a very long red mane, smoking a cigar and very mischievous. Sometimes Caipora is depicted as a girl and other times as a boy. The representation of the creature varies among the different regions of Brazil, and is sometimes confused with Curupira, which is another mythological creature who protects the forest. Curupira is often depicted as a boy with red hair, who has his feet turned backwards in order to deceive trackers. In some regions, the indigenous tribes believed that the Caipora was afraid of the light. For this reason, they would walk around the forest protecting themselves using firebrands. Some say it rides a great peccary holding a stick. In some other areas of Brazil, the Caipora is considered to be a cannibal and would eat anything, even the smallest insects. The Caipora is known as a forest dweller, as a king of the animals of sorts, and is very vengeful of hunters who do not respect the rules of "fair-play" when hunting. It is told that it scares away prey and "hides" animal tracks or makes hunters lose their way in the jungle. It disorients the hunters by simulating animal noises and by leaving fake tracks.
Camahueto - Bull with a small horn on its forehead. The horn is the most valuable part of the animal, which machis use to plant small pieces in the earth from which other camahuetos will grow. When it has grown, it erupts from the earth with such force that it leaves a tremendous hole and drags down everything in its path in a rapid race to reach the sea. A machi will stalk and capture the camahueto with a lasso and tear out the horn and bandage the opening. Afterwards, she/he will use the horn for curing many kinds of illnesses. One use of the horn is to scrape shavings from it into a mixture of sea water and apple cider until it turns into vinegar and coarse salt. This potion has the capacity to restore the vitality of older men and to those who have become impotent. Users of this preparation claim to have become like Hercules and gain the reputation throughout the islands as "a man like a trauco".

Capelobo - Love this one. It's humanoid nd hairy but its head is like an anteater's. You find out it is nearby due to its loud screaming. It likes to eat kittens and puppies. Its hooves are perfectly round, so even if you see the tracks you can't know which way it went. Its hands are clawed so it may crush open a person's skull and suck its brain. Some versions like to drink the blood instead.
Carbunclo - A carbunclo has a shining mirror on its head, like a glowing coal, from which it gets its name. The creature itself produces a bright bluish-white glow from its body, easily distinguishable from wood fires and visible from over a league away. A carbunclo is larger than a mouse, perhaps cat-sized, and has a segmented body shaped like a small corn cob. The light is produced from within and shines out through junctures in the body segments. A bivalved shell resembling a rock is present. If an enemy is detected, the shell clamps shut, extinguishing the light and camouflaging the creature as an ordinary stone. Carbunclos are also capable of leaping and running swiftly. Eulogio Rojas, observing a carbunclo from one meter away in 1879, noted more than four legs. These glowing creatures have long been sought by miners and prospectors, as they are believed to hold untold riches within their bodies.

Carcancho - Patagonian bigfoot. These hairy men led a solitary existence in the mountains and meadows feeding on tubers. They could measure up to 2 m (6 ft. 7 in.) tall in the mountains, but were dwarfish (1 m – 3.3 ft.) in the lowlands, where they lived burrowing underground. They walked in the snow and their large foot-prints were the only clues of their existence.

Cherufe - An evil humanoid creature made of rock and magma. It is said that Cherufe inhabit the magma pools found deep within Chilean volcanoes and are the source of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Cherufe are also said to be the source of "magicians' ardent stones" (meteorites and volcanic stones) that cause damage in volcanic regions. The only way to abate the Cherufe's appetite for destruction was to satiate the beast's taste for human flesh by throwing a sacrificial victim into the bowels of its volcanic home.
Curupira - “Curu” = boy and “pira”, body, meaning therefore “with the body of a boy”. According to the cultural legends, this creature has bright red/orange hair, and resembles a man or a dwarf, but its feet are turned backwards. Curupira lives in the forests of Brazil and uses its backward feet to create footprints that lead to its starting point, thus making hunters and travelers confused. Besides that, it can also create illusions and produce a sound that's like a high pitched whistle, in order to scare and drive its victim to madness. A Curupira will prey on poachers and hunters that take more than they need of the forest, and he also attacks people who hunt animals that were taking care of their offspring. In some versions, he has a wife called Yatacy or Tatámanha and they have children. May carry a wooden axe.

Cupendiepes - a tribe of man-bats which raid nearby villages at night, using spears and axes to kill people. The best way to fight them back is to find the cave in which they hide by day while they sleep, and block its entrance.

Curinqueãs - Tribe of black giants. Their lips and noses have golden piercings. They're few in number, but most indians seem to fear and respect them.
Eintykára - The stingless bees are those that produce the golden honey. This honey can induce mild hallucinogenic effects, due to the presence of an ergot fungus on the plants the bees visit. But even more remarkable is their ability to swarm together and shapeshift into a man. Eintykára hives have long, tubular wax entrances through which the bees enter and leave. An older single woman used to pass by such a hive every day, and its suggestive appearance made her mind wander. “Oh, what a beautiful eintykára hive!” she would say. “If only it were a handsome man who would make love to me…” She continued to fantasize about the phallic hive, day in and day out. Eventually she started referring to it as her husband. “Ah, there is my husband again. He’s still there. If only he were a man, I would marry him on the spot”. Finally, one night she was visited by a stranger. He was unlike any man she had seen – his skin was milky white, and his hair was as golden as honey. “Who are you?” she asked, stunned by his beauty. “I am Eintykára, the hive you desired and talked to for so long. I wish to take you as my wife, and support you and your people”. And so it came to pass that the woman married Eintykára, and they had children together. He was unnaturally intelligent, and a diligent, tireless worker admired by the entire village. He never seemed to eat; instead, he would go into the forest, transform into a swarm of bees, and then reintegrate after collecting enough nectar. His “waste” was beeswax and eintykára honey, which he would distribute to all. That is why some of the Chamacoco are fair-skinned, for they are among his descendants.

Ehéie - A beautiful woman with poisonous snakes in her womb which bite the penis of whoever has sexual relations with her. It seems the snakes also suck the blood, so the Ehéie is a vampire.
Ewaipanoma - South american blemmyes. They're described as a "nation", which most likely means that they're a distinct tribe. Their eyes are on their shoulders and their mouth are on their chests. A long train of hair grows backward between their shoulders. Blemmyes also appear on the Piri Reis map as bearded and red-haired.

Furufuhue - There is a myth which explains the bitter Patagonian winds as being created by an enormous and mysterious creature resembling a cross between an eagle and a fish. This bird is the size of a Mapuche hut and its body is covered with shiny scales instead of feathers. Furufuhue is seldom seen, but its song is heard at a great distance “even in the whole world”.

Goshg-e - A quadruped monster which kidnaps children at night and devours stray hunters. It was arrow-proof due to its armadillo-like shell. It seems the myth was made up based on the shells of glyptodons.

Huancahui - Called the "laughing falcon" because his cry sounds somewhat like someone laughing. He possesses magical powers and is even able to catch fierce snakes, upon which he is said to feed. According to this Iquitos legend, if an Amazonian shaman is able to learn the song or icaro of the Huancahui, he can also dominate snakes just like the Huancahui does. However, if he fails to chant the song perfectly, he will be besieged by snakes and die. Properly sung by the shaman, his icaro will stunt a snake and defeat it, leaving it impotent and unable to bite.
Huayramama (“Mother of the Wind”) - One of the three ancient snake mothers of the Peruvian Amazon. She is believed to be an enormous boa with an old woman’s face and very long hair that tangles in the clouds – in comparison, her counterparts the Sachamama and the Yakumama are the boa constrictor and the anaconda, respectively. The guardian of the air and the daughter of the red huayracaspi or “wind tree”, she is herself the mother of all the good and evil winds. Huayramama also grants power to deserving healers and shamans, giving them control over the weather.

Iara - A beautiful mermaid with green hair decorated by red flowers, copper-colored skin and brown eyes. Some say she is half-dolphin or half-manatee instead of half-fish. She would sit on a rock by the river combing her hair or dozing under the sun. When she felt a man around she would start to sing gently to lure him. Once under the spell of the Iara a man would leave anything to live with her underwater forever, which was not necessarily a bad thing, as she was pretty and would cater for all needs of her lover for the rest of his life.
This is nice, thanks. The tree is really cool.


Giant Sloths, bears, armadillos, etc
Icamiabas - The woman warriors found by Orellana near the river which he then named "Amazon". It is said that numerous tribes paid tributes of bird feathers to them. The Icamiabas were worth ten men in battle, using bows and arrows. If their indian thralls tried to run away from the battle, they would kill the deserter with clubs. Tall and of fair skin, very long hair which was braided around the head. Naked save for their genitals. The Icamiabas lived in seventy walled towns built with stone. Their queen was called Coñori, their lands were rich with gold and silver, as well as five temples, called caranaí, dedicated to the sun, whose internal surfaces were gold-plated. Men could come inside said cities, but they should leave before it was dark. The green amulets called Muiraquitãs were said to be gifts of the Icamiabas to all those Indians who annually visited their camp at the river Nhamundá. Once a year, during a ceremony dedicated to the moon, the Icamiaba received the Guacaris warriors with whom they mated. At midnight, they dived into the river and brought up a greenish clay in their hands, which they molded into various forms: frogs, turtles or other animals, and presented these to their loved ones. Some versions say that this ritual would take place in an enchanted lake named Jaci uaruá ("mirror moon" in Old Tupi: îasy arugûá). Retrieved from the bottom of the river and shaped by the women, the still soft clay hardened in contact with the elements. These objects were then strung on the strands of hair of their brides and used as amulets by their male warriors. To date, this amulet is considered a sacred object, believed to bring happiness and luck and also to cure almost all diseases.
Ihuaivilu - When a group of calcus (shamans) choose a cave for their reunions, they perform a large ritual to summon a Ihuaivilu to guard it. This monster is a dragon with a snake-like neck. It flies by using strong winds and has a fire breath which can put aflame whole fields or groves. It roars like thunder and its passage throught the air leaves a green trail.

Inulpamahuida - Its name means, in Mapudungun the Mapuche language, “mountain climber” (inulpa = to climb and mahuida = hill) and refers to the tree’s clawed branches, which it uses to climb up the steep Patagonian mountains. It also lacks roots –hence its ability to move about.

Ipupiara - An aquatic man-eating mermen. It had hair all over its body and whiskers, so think of it as half man, half-sea lion. 3.30 meters long. It kill people by hugging them until they suffocate. Female ipupiaras had long hair and were "fair to look at".

Irapuru - A magic red bird, symbol of happiness. It was a young indian cursed by a chief due to being in love with the latter's daughter. It begun a beautiful song. The chief heard it and went inside the woods to capture the bird, becoming lost forever in the process. The Irapuru still sings to this day, hoping that the girl he loves will recognize him. Whoever finds this bird may have a wish come true.
Jasy Jatere - One of the seven cursed children of Tau and Kerana. He is usually described as being a small man or perhaps a child, with light blonde hair and sometimes blue eyes. He is fair in appearance, sometimes described as even beautiful or enchanting, and carries with him a magical wand or staff, sometimes described as a golden cane, although what clothing he wears, if any at all, does not seem to be an important part of the legend. Like most of his brothers he dwells in the wild, he is considered to be the protector of the yerba mate plant. Sometimes he is also viewed as a protector of hidden treasures. It is said that Jasy Jatere's power stems from the magical staff that he carries, and if one is able to take it from him, he breaks down and cries like a little child. In this state, one may ask him for the treasures that he is protecting in return for the staff, not unlike a captured leprechaun who must reward his captor with a pot of gold.

Kawtcho - Nocturnal spirit described as resembling a very tall man, with hard and straight hair covering its head, "a gigantic brawny body and sharp claws," and a smell so putrid that it could awaken dogs. It was said to "walk under the ground" during the day, coming out at night to prowl the beaches, attacking people from behind to tear out their eyes and kill them. Out of fear of attracting the kawtcho, the Alakaluf refrained from lighting fires in the open during the night.

Kori - It has the appearance of a giant anteater, except far larger, and it lives underwater in the rivers. It uses its large claws to dig under riverbanks, causing their collapse, and that is why this is such a common occurrence in the rainforest. A kori can also cause strong gales to destroy constructions, and can turn soil into water to drown people.
Kurupi - He is one of the seven monstrous children of Tau and Kerana. It is said to be short, ugly, and hairy. He makes his home in the wild forests of the region, and was considered to be the lord of the forests and protector of wild animals. Kurupi's most distinctive feature, however, was an humongous penis that was ordinarily wound several times around his waist like a belt. Due to this feature, he was at one time revered by the Guaraní as the spirit of fertility. Kurupi is often blamed for unexpected or unwanted pregnancies. His penis is said to be prehensile, and owing to its length he is supposed to be able to extend it through doors, windows, or other openings in a home and impregnate a sleeping woman without even having to enter the house. Together with the Pombero, Kurupi was a scapegoat used by adulterous women to avoid the wrath of their husbands, or by single women to explain their pregnancies. Children fathered by the Kurupi were expected to be small, ugly and hairy much like their father, and if male to inherit something of their father's virility. In some cases, Kurupi is blamed with the disappearance of young women, supposedly stealing them away to his home in the forest for use in satiating his libidinous desires (rape).

Lafquén Trilque - It is said that Lafquen Trilque is a darken, almost black mass whose shape reminds the stretched skin of a cow. It moves silently through rivers and lakes searching for animals or persons standing next to the shores. Once it founds the preys it swallows them and made them completely dissapear leaving behind no trace of the bodies.
Luison - In the original version of the myth, Luison was the seventh and last child of Tau and Kerana, and thus was the most accursed of the bunch. He was of vaguely human appearance, but said to be extremely ugly, even horrendous looking. Luison had long, dirty hair that fell down to cover most of his form, pale and sickly looking skin and eyes, and accompanied by the constant, fetid odor of death and decay. So frightening and repulsive was his appearance that his mere presence would instill terror in any unfortunate enough to encounter the beast. Luison was said to be the lord of the night and was associated with death. His habitat was limited exclusively to cemeteries, burial grounds or other locations similarly tied in with the concept of death, and his sole source of food was dead and rotting flesh. If Luison passes through a person's legs, it is said, the person turns into Luison.

Mapinguari - This monster is like a huge, hairy humanoid. It has powerful claws which can rip off parts of their prey to put inside the large vertical mouth that it has in the chest. The mapinguari has a strong, nauseous smell. Some say that his skin is like that of a crocodile, and equally impervious to bullets.

Maricoxi - General term for several large ape-like creatures that have allegedly been seen in many parts of the jungle regions of South America. Percy Fawcett claimed an encounter with a group in 1914. They allegedly were extremely hairy, lived in villages and used bows and arrows. He claimed that they spoke in grunts and lived to the northeast of a tribe called the Maxubi.
Mayantu - Goblin-like creature with the face of a frog that lives in the Amazon Rainforest. According to the Iquitos legend, the Mayantu is said to be found living high in canopy of giant trees, such as the Kapok tree. Unlike many other magical inhabitants of the jungle, the Mayantu is not evil, and even is known to come to the aid of humans when they are in trouble and need assistance. Therefore, the Mayantu is often referred to by the people of Iquitos as “the good god of the rainforest.” However, the Mayantu will not help those who come to the rainforest to destroy it or harm its inhabitants. It possesses the knowledge of the medicinal plants of the rainforest and can use these plants to cure.

Mbói Tu'i - One of the seven legendary monsters of Guaraní mythology. He is the second son of Tau and Kerana. It has the form of an enormous serpent with a huge parrot head and a huge beak. He also has a red, forked tongue the color of blood. His skin is scaly and streaked. Feathers cover his head. He has a harmful look that frightens everyone who has the bad luck to be found with him. He patrols the swamps and protects amphibian life. He enjoys the humidity and flowers. He lets out an incredible powerful and terrible squawk which can be heard from very far off and which instills terror in all who hear it. He is considered the protector of aquatic animals and the wetlands.

Minhocão ("giant eartworm") - Described as a huge subterranean serpentine creature with hard black scales and horns, which causes much destruction by its tunneling. It is also said to be amphibious, living in water, and in at least one account wallowing in mud. Heuvelmans describes it "overturning trees like blades of grass, shifting the courses of rivers, and turning dry land into fathomless marshes" through its tunnelling. It may not be an earthworm, but an enormous lungfish or caecilian.
Moñái - Third son of Tau and Kerana and one of the seven legendary monsters of Guaraní mythology. This creature has an enormous serpent-like body with two straight, colorful horns over his head, which serve as antennae. His dominions are the open fields. He can climb trees with ease and slide down to hunt the birds on whom he feeds and dominates with the hypnotic power of his antennas. Because of this he is called "the lord of the air". Moñái is fond of stealing and hiding the products of his misdeeds in a cave. His continuous robbing and raiding in the villages provoked great discord among the people as they all accuse each other for the robberies and mysterious "disappearances" of their belongings.

Mula sem Cabeça ("Headless Mule") - A woman cursed for having sexual relations with a catholic priest. The myth has several variations concerning the sin that turned the cursed woman into the monster: necrophagy, infanticide, sacrilege against the church, fornication, etc. She becomes a mule with a fire coming out of the hole where its head should be. It has silver (or iron) horseshoes that produce a hideous trotting, louder than any horse is capable of producing. A removal of the curse can be achieved by removing the bridle, in which case the woman will not shape shift again while the benefactor is alive. Tying the bridle back to the woman's mouth will return the curse. Removal of the curse is a great relief for the woman because the curse includes many trials, so the grateful woman will usually repent her sins and marry the benefactor. In any case, when the mule changes back to human form the accursed woman will be completely naked, sweated, and smelling of sulfur.
Negrinho do Pastoreio ("Black Boy of the Plains") - The tale goes like this: an orphan black boy was the slave of an evil master which didn't even gave him a name. He lost a horse and was beaten by his owner. He then wen to find it. He did and tried to lass it, but the rope snapped. When he came back without the horse, his master beat him again and tied he up, naked, atop an ant nest, to die. Said master waited until the nats covered the body of the black boy before leaving. He came back three days later. He was scared, for the boy was there, untied and without any marks or wounds, the lost horse near him. Since then, many have seen a black boy riding a horse and guiding many others. And whoever loses something, must light up a candle under a tree and pray for the Negrinho. He finds all lost things, but will only deliver them back for those that lit the candle.

Negro d'água ("Water-nigger") - If you're in a boat along the São Francisco river, you might hear someone laughing. The same voice will ask you to give it a fish. If you refuse, it will then capsize your boat. Some fishermen might have a bottle of cachaça* that they'll throw into the water instead of fish. These creatures are dark humanoids with bald heads and body covered in scales, whose hands and feet are like duck feet. It also likes to make holes in nets, scare people near the water and so on. Some versions of the legend include claws, and if you manage to cut off one of them, the negro has to do something for you so it can have it back.
Nguruvilu - It is a river-dwelling creature and looks much like a strange fox, with a long body, similar to a snake, and a long tail with fingernails that it uses like a claw; but it is a water-being. Nguruvilus live in and are the cause of dangerous whirlpools which kill people who try to cross rivers. The creatures make the water shallow on either ford, to encourage people to try to cross it making it seem safe. However, the only safe way of crossing a river with a nguruvilu is by boat. The only way to get rid of a nguruvilu is through the offices of a machi (shaman) or good kalku "sorcerer". The kalku is to be offered gifts in return for the service of Nguruvilu removal.

Okpe - It looks like a massive pig made of impregnable solid rock, without soft spots or weaknesses. Okpe preys on children, luring them with braised meat before carrying them off in a device on his back. Children captured by Okpe are taken into the jungle and devoured. Attempts to thwart his actions fail, as he is impervious to conventional weaponry.

Pai-do-Mato - A humanoid beast which seems to protect animals from people. Taller than the trees, very long hair, ten meter-long nails. Its roar echoes througout the forest. At night, it laughs. Will swallow people whole. Can't be killed by blades or bullets unless one targets the area around its bellybutton. Its piss is blue, which may a way to track it down.

Peuchen - It has often been described as gigantic flying snake which produced strange whistling sounds, while its gaze could paralyse an intended victim and permit it to suck its blood. It has often been reported as the cause of sucking blood from sheep.
Peuquen - Gnomes that are clothed in avellano leaves. They also have a hat made from bark and an axe whose handle is of avellano wood. Those who come across them face a nasty fate, their heads are turned around for the rest of their lives. Peuquen are lewd creatures. They like to have sex with women. If a child is born of these trysts, its skin is like the bark of an avellano.

Pishtaco - An evil monster-like man — often a stranger and often a white man — who seeks out unsuspecting Indians to kill them and abuse them in many ways. The legend dates back to the Spanish conquest of South America. Primarily, this has been stealing their body fat for various cannibalistic purposes, or cutting them up and selling their flesh as fried chicharrones. Pishtaco derives from the local Quechua-language word "pishtay" which means to "behead, cut the throat, or cut into slices".

Pururauca - Incan legend. It speaks of a massive battle where the Incas saw themselves outnumbered against a terrifying enemy, but invoked their greatest deity, asking for help. The god Viracocha responded to their call by turning rocks into soldiers, helping the Inca defend their city. Btw, this is the sort of detail that makes the Incas the most dorfy of all civilizations.

Romŝiwamnari - They are forest and cave demons which look like large birds with flabby, flightless bat’s wings, armed with beaks like scissors. Romŝiwamnari’ not only prey upon the living, but also ambush and consume the souls of the dead. A sufficiently powerful shaman can kill them while in the realm of death, but other souls are greedily devoured.

You're welcome anon.
Saci-pererê - A one-legged black or mulatto youngster, who smokes a pipe and wears a magical red cap that enables him to disappear and reappear wherever he wishes (usually in the middle of a dust devil). Considered an annoying prankster in most parts of Brazil, and a potentially dangerous and malicious creature in others, he nevertheless grants wishes to anyone who manages to trap him or steal his magic cap. However, his cap is often depicted as having a bad smell. Most people who claimed to have stolen this cap say they can never wash the smell away. The legend says that a person can trap a Saci inside a bottle when he is in the form of a dust devil.
Sachamama (“Mother of the Forest”) - She is about forty meters long and two meters wide, with an iguana-like head and scales like stone plates. There is a bulldozer-like blade under her neck. Trees, bushes, vines, fungi, and all sorts of living things grow on her back, such that she never moves unless provoked. Not that Sachamama needs to move. She has magnetic or hypnotic powers capable of drawing to her any animal that passes in front of her head. The animals living on her also have those magnetic powers. She can also cause storms, rain, and lightning, inducing fevers and headaches in anyone foolish enough to intrude in her domain. Illnesses caused by the Sachamama require shamanistic intervention to cure, usually involving chants and lots of tobacco smoke. The plants growing on Sachamama’s back are unique – a veritable pharmacopoeia of medicinal herbs that would save countless lives if the Sachamama allowed it. There is boa huasca, a liana with healing resin. Lluasca huasca is another vine whose phlegm-like resin heals facial blemishes. Puma huasca and puma sanango are vines whose cooked stem and cooked root (respectively) cure sorcery and evil spells, and whose spirits are jaguars. Zorrapilla or shabumpilla is a herb that heals cuts and injuries. The lluvia caspi (“rain tree”), rayo caspi (“lightning tree”), or trueno caspi (“thunder tree”) is an enormous tree whose bark, cooked and eaten, grants the ability to create and quell storms.

Sapo Fuerzo ("Strong Toad") - It can be easily distinguished from regular toads by its hard, turtle-like shell. It is phosphorescent, and glows in the dark like a firefly. It earns its name from its supernatural powers and its incredible resilience. A sapo fuerzo is capable of attracting or repelling anything within its reach by the sheer power of its gaze. It can also regenerate and recover from virtually any injury, and the only way to kill one is burn it and reduce it completely to ashes.
Taquatu - Invisible giant which has an equally invisible canoe that can fly. It kidnaps people and takes to places from no one has returned. They say it has a cave full of human remains atop a mountain which can't be reached.

Teju Jagua - The first son of Tau and Kerana and one of the seven legendary monsters of Guaraní mythology. A huge lizard with seven dog-heads and eyes that shoot out fire. His seven dog-heads make any movement difficult. Some versions of the story say Teju Jagua has only one giant dog-head. But all versions agree that he has a limited ability to move around. His appearance was the most horrid of all the seven brothers. However, his ferocity was tempered by choice of Tupã. He was left calm and harmless. Still he was feared for his fiery gaze. He feeds on fruit and his brother Yasy Yateré gave him honey, his favorite food. He is considered the lord of the caves and protector of fruit. He is also mentioned as a brilliant protector of buried treasure. Its skin became shiny after rolling around in the gold and precious stones of Itapé.

Trauco - A goblin who lives in the deep forests. It has an ugly face, and legs without feet. It has a powerful magnetism that attracts young and middle-aged women. According to myth, the Trauco's wife is the wicked and ugly Fiura. The trauco carries a small stone-headed hatchet that he uses to strike trees in the forest to symbolize his sexual potency. Whomever the Trauco chooses will go to him, even if she is sleeping, and fall enraptured at his feet. No woman can resist his magical attraction; all have sexual intercourse with him. Some men of Chiloé fear the Trauco, as his gaze can be deadly. When a single woman is pregnant and no one steps forward as the father, people assume that the Trauco is the father. Because the Trauco is irresistible, the woman is considered blameless. The Trauco is sometimes invoked to explain sudden or unwanted pregnancies, especially in unmarried women.
Uakti - According to the legend, the creature had holes in his body such that they would produce sound when he ran or the wind blew through him. This music seduced the women of the tribe and so the other men burned and buried his body. The myth holds that out of Uakti's remains grew the palm trees from which the Tukanos' flutes are made. The women of the Tukano Indians are thus not allowed to play flutes.

Ururau - Simply a giant crocodile.

Velho do Saco ("Bag Man") - In Brazil, o homem do saco is portrayed as a tall and imposing adult male, usually in the form of a vagrant, who carries a sack on his back, and collects mean disobedient children for nefarious purposes, like making soap and buttons out of them. In Chile, Argentina and particularly in the Southern and Austral Zones, is mostly known as "El Viejo del Saco" ("The old man with the bag") who walks around the neighbourhood every day around supper time. This character is not considered or perceived as a mythical or fantastic creature by children. Instead, he is recognised as an insane psychotic murderer that somehow has been accepted by society which allows him to take a child that has been given to him willingly by disappointed parents or any child that is not home by sundown or supper time. In Honduras and Mexico, misbehaving children fear "El Roba Chicos", or child-snatcher, which is very similar to "Hombre del Saco".

Water Tiger - This is a four legged creature similar to a "demonic monkey" or an otter, painted like a tiger, which lives in water and wraps its "very big tail" around the legs of people which pass through the water. The people drown. The water tiger doesn't eat them though, it seems to do this just because it's evil.
Yaguareté-abá - Also called capiango. It is a shaman which turned into a large leopard. It eats cattle and horses, animals brought by the colonizers. It also eats human flesh. To kill it, one must use bullets or blades blessed by a priest. After slain, it must be beheaded. Then the creature becomes a headless human again. In other version of the legend, a capiango is a leopard possessed by the soul of a murdered good and just man, which may then hunt the one which killed him. It will be as intelligent as a person, but incapable of speaking.

Yaguarón - A giant green fish with saber-like teeth. It can dig tunnels under the earth alongside the river margins, causing landfalls which cuase people and animals to fall into the water. The Yaguarón then devours their lungs.

Yakumama (“Mother of the Waters”) - She appears as a gigantic anaconda with blue scales and eyes glowing like the headlights of a boat. She is capable of entrancing prey into immobility with her gaze and drawing victims to her like a magnet. When happy, she blesses people with plentiful rain and abundant fish. When angry – which can happen for no discernible reason – she summons storms, fogs, and whirlpools in addition to putting her enormous bulk to destructive use. Sometimes Yakumama swallows all the fish and prevents fishermen from catching them, or flies into the sky and causes downpours that ruin crops. Offerings of food and aguardiente can placate her.

*Distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice.

That's it folks. Hope you like it.

Really awesome, thanks again!
Huh, really thought this would generate more interest.
Really cool bro, I'm going to steal a few of these for my Inca/Aztec campaign but most of them are from Brasil sadly
Glad you liked it. Yeah, most are brazilian because it's what I'm most familiar with. I'll update the list with other creatures in the future however.

There aren't any aztec creatures because they're mesoamerican, not south american.
Thanks for the bestiary anon. Bumping for interest
I see sauron finally traded up from his stationary tower body into a superior giant snake body. Good for him.
Quality threads have a very hard time on /tg/.

If you want to make a thread that is popular and 'succeeds', It needs be filled with bestiality, rape, and insults.

Stuff that has to do with gaming is usually ignored.
Yeah, it should have stared with
>"stat him"
>he doesn't use south-american inspirations for monsters in his setting
>What is your excuse?!
>your party meets an Abúhukü on the road, what do they do?
>how would Alicanto fare in the 40k universe
>no cute Boitatá gf to keep you warm
>why even live?

Or something similarly inane.
Anon, get a copy of Dragons Conquer America. It has a decent bestiary, besides other things.
good thread
Mallki ("mummy") - The Inca civilization mummified many of their dead and buried them with valuable materials. Considered a link between the living and the gods, these mummies could also be taken from their resting place and 'consulted' on important occasions so that their knowledge might serve the living community. Given places of honour and offered food and drink, mummies were involved in such ceremonies as marriages, sowing, and harvesting, or when long journeys had to be undertaken by individuals within the community. Incas believed that the dead ruler remained the owner of the property he had accumulated in life. Each had a dedicated attendant who interpreted their wishes and stood by with a fly whisk. Just add a little fantasy and have such mummies be intelligent undead which advise the current ruler.
Great thread OP. Don't get discouraged. I for one, appreciate your work greatly. This ought to get archived on suptg.
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Decapitator god (we don't know his real name)- From the Moche ciuvilization. Half-man, half-jaguar, often represented holding a vicious looking sacrificial knife (tumi) in one hand and the severed head of a sacrificial victim in the other. The god may also be depicted as a gigantic spider figure ready to suck the life-blood from his victims.

Huaca - The Incas believed that gods, spirits, and long-dead ancestors could be manifested on earth in the form of natural features such as mountain peaks (apu), rivers, springs, caves, rocky outcrops, and even peculiar shaped stones. These places were sometimes modified to accentuate unusual features and were treated as shrines with special power to influence reality. They were known as huacas (wak'a) and, in the case of stones, were taken for safe-keeping in palaces and tombs, on occasion, even transported on military expeditions. People left offerings at huacas, especially sea shells, textiles, coca, precious goods, clay figurines, and sacrifices were made, most commonly of llamas and guinea pigs. The Quechua people traditionally believed every object has a physical presence and two camaquen (spirits), one to create it and another to animate it. They would invoke its spirits for the object to function. The incas also believed that the tenth inca ruler, Túpac Yupanqui, could talk with the huacas and thus know past and future events.

Thanks m8. Archiving it is a good idea.
Dogs - Dogs were sometimes believed to be able of moving between life and death and also see the soul of the dead. In addition, the Inca believed that unhappy dead souls could visit people in the form of black dogs.The Aymara people of Bolivia were reported to believe that dogs were associated with death and incest. They believed that those who die must cross an ocean to the afterlife in the ear of, or on the nose of, a black dog.

Apu ("lord") - These are the spirits of the mountains - and sometimes solitary rocks and caves, that protect the local people in the highlands.

Supay - Both the god of death and ruler of the Ukhu Pacha, the Incan underworld, as well as a race of demons. Supay is associated with miners' rituals. After the spanish conquest, it was associated with the devil.
So many critters and monsters have such strange diets. They steal your breath, they eat your shadow, etc.
>Yaguarón then devours their lungs.
This one is a fish, and kind of makes sense. Jealosy.
Muki - A goblin-like creature, two feet tall. He is known to be a miner and his existence is constrained to underground spaces: The muki lives inside the mines. He is a small brawny creature with a disproportionate body. His head is attached to his body, but he lacks a neck. His voice is deep and husky, not matching his appearance, his long hair is bright blonde, his face is hairy and reddish, with a long white beard. His look is deep, aggressive and hypnotic and his eye reflect the light as if they were made of metal. In some mining traditions, he has two horns that are used to break the rocks and point at the mineral veins. His skin is very pale and he carries a mining lantern. Sometimes he is described as having pointy ears. They are known for stealing defenseless children. Elders advise that when dealing with the muki, one should use his/her belt to battle him without succumbing to fear. The muki can be by himself or in groups, but they are known to prefer living on their own. They live in a timeless world of eternal darkness and they don’t age, as if they were not affected by the pass of time. The muki likes to whistle loudly, and thus warn of danger to the miners of their liking. The muki is a goblin with a lot of power: he can make the metal veins appear and disappear, sense the moods and emotions of the miners, help with the miner’s work by softening or hardening the metal veins, etc. He is known to help miners and sometimes to make pacts with them. He gravitates towards discreet and honest people, who will fulfill their promises and not share the details of their interaction with him.
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Caleuche - A large ghost ship sailing the seas around Chiloé (a small island off the coast of Chile) at night. The Caleuche is said to be a being who is conscious and sentient. The ship appears as a beautiful and bright white sailing ship, with 3 masts of 5 sails each, always full of lights and with the sounds of a party on board, but quickly disappears again, leaving no evidence of its presence. The ghost ship is also known to be able to navigate under water. it is the magic ship that the Warlocks of Chiloé use to have parties and transport their goods. It is also used by the warlocks every three months when they go on a journey to improve their magical abilities.

Devil's Garden - The ant Myrmelachista schumanni creates devil's gardens by systematically poisoning all plants in the vicinity except D. hirsuta, the tree in which it nests. The ant poisons the plants by injecting formic acid into the base of the leaf. By killing other plants, the ant promotes the growth and reproduction of D. hirsuta, which has hollow stems that provide nest sites for the ants; a single ant colony might have more than 3 million workers and 15,000 queens, and may persist for more than 800 years. Devil's gardens got their name because locals believed that an evil forest spirit Chullachak lived in them. He is said to persuade his victims to follow him deep into the jungle where even experienced trackers cannot find their way back. He does this by taking the form of a family member or a loved one long not seen, or disguising himself as a prey animal. His uncanny ability to replicate others makes him impossible to tell apart, except for his mismatched feet.
Motelo Mama - A giant turtle which holds a large chunk of forest on her back. When she moves the ground trembles. She can stay motionless for hundreds of years. She is thought to have existed and will exist forever. She is the mother of all turtles.

Trempulcahue - Four old womenturn themselves into whales to carry the souls of the dead to the "Ngill chenmaywe" every night. There, the alhue (spirits) can start the long travel. No living thing can see the trempulcahue. The whales were paid in llancas, turquoise stones.

Cuero - A creature that looks like a cowhide, sheepskin, or goatskin, stretched out flat and laid on the surface of the water. It is usually white with black or brown spots, or brilliant yellow and white. The edges of the cuero are armed with hooked claws. The cueros of Butaro laguna, Atacama, resemble living fabric with suckers; they are also the souls of the damned. In central Chile the cuero is an octopus that resembles a cowhide with numberless eyes and with four enormous eyes in its head. Laguna Copín, Aconcagua, is home to a furry, flat creature fond of human flesh. Anything that enters the water is engulfed and squeezed in the cuero’s folds, and dragged under to have its blood sucked out. After feeding the cuero will release its drained prey and find itself a solitary beach on which to stretch out, bask, and digest peacefully. Unexplained drownings are the work of a cuero. Cueros can be killed by tossing branches of quisco cactus (Cereus or Echinocactus) into the water. The creature will attempt to seize the cactus, injure itself, and bleed to death.
Lakúma - These water spirits have been known to tip canoes over, pull their occupants out, and drag them under to consume, leaving their entrails to float to the surface. They can also create huge waves, summon whirlpools, and whip up storms to damage larger vessels. Lakúma have been compared to whales, squids, and giant worms, making their exact appearance hard to pin down. What is known is that they like to flatten themselves out on the water’s surface, letting their back protrude like a small island. Their broad and flat backs are covered with encrustations of unusually large mussels. Sometimes there are so many lakúma in one spot that they can be used as stepping-stones.

Lluhay - A one-meter long silver lizard that feeds on potato flowers. It is hard to catch but whoever manages to gains good fortune. The lluhay is immortal and rare. Certain families would take care of one generation after generation, like if it was a treasure.

Lucerna - A ghost ship. Its interior is so huge that a person would take a lifetime to cross it from bow to stern. Its duty is to transport warlocks and the souls of the dead, as well as the phases of the moon.
Someone already archived the thread. Please vote anons.

Thanks dude

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