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Bigorne devours a man in a landscape - 1621

The bigorne or bicorn is a mythical beast in the folklore of Anjou, Normandy and Auvergne in France.


Description

The bigorne is a large, fat cat-like creature with two horns.


Behavior

The beast was known to grow very fat through living on good and enduring husbands. (« Bons hommes sont sa nourriture ») : « par le corps bleu, la chicheface n'a garde de vous manger, car je puis sûrement juger, que vous êtes fière et rebelle » (tiré de Le Savetier et le Moine et la Femme). It was usually accompagnied by another beast called Chichevache.

Origin

Renard le Contrefait (a farce written between 1328 and 1342).

See also

Chichevache