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Cagrino or Chagrin is an evil spirit believed in the folklore of the European gypsies.


Appearance

Cagrino was said to have the form of a hedgehog, yellow in colour, about a foot and a half in length and a span in breadth.


Origin

Heinrich von Wlislocki stated: "I am certain, that this creature is none other than the equally demoniac being called Harginn, still believed in by the inhabitants of Northwestern India.


Powers

Horses were the special prey of the Chagrin, who rode them into a state of exhaustion, like the Guecubu of Chile.

"The next day they appear sick and weary, with tangled manes and bathed in sweat. When this is observed they are tethered to a stake which has been rubbed with garlic juice, then a red thread is laid on the ground in the form of a cross, or else some of the hair of the animal is mixed with salt, meal and the blood of a bat and cooked to bread, with which the hoof of the horse is smeared. The empty vessel which contained the mixture is put in the trunk of a high tree while these words are uttered:

"Tarry, pipkin, in this tree,

Till such time as full ye be."