← CaleucheYou do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason: The action you have requested is limited to users in the group: Users. You can view and copy the source of this page. [[Image:The Caleuche.jpg|thumb|The Caleuche]] The '''Caleuche''' is a mythical ghost ship of the Chilote mythology and local folklore of the Chiloé Island, in Chile. ==Etymology== The Dutch pirate ship ''Calanche'' captained by Vicente Vaneucht once troubled these waters. ==Description== According to legend, the Caleuche is a large phantom ship sailing the seas around Chiloé at night with fog. It usually appears as a beautiful and bright sailing ship, always full of lights and with the sounds of a party onboard, but quickly disappears to resurface at great distances. ==The crew== The Caleuche's crew is composed by two kind of sailors: the drowned, who are brought to the ship by three Chilote mythological figures, two sisters: the sirena chilota (a type of mermaid) and the Pincoya and their brother the [[Pincoy]] and witches ([[brujo chilote]]) who usually join the party over the back of the [[caballo marino]]. ==Powers== It is said that the ship possesses the power to transform unfortunates into animals or inert objects such as a tree-trunk with a crew of seals. ==Origin== The caleuche is a grotesque and watery adaptation of the medieval wild hunt, probably brought by the Spaniards. ==Art/Fiction== In Alastair Reynolds's ''Chasm City'', Caleuche is the name given to a ship trailing behind a flotilla of colony ships that is not supposed to be there and never responds to communication attempts. When the protagonist takes a shuttle to visit the ghost ship he discovers that it is really a space-faring alien creature that has assumed the appearance of one of the flotilla ships and is trying to hide amongst them from its own enemy. ==References== * Cárdenas , Antonio. ''El Triángulo del Pacífico''. Imprenta ARCA. 1996. 74 p. (Spanish) * Mancilla Pérez, Juan. ''Magia y brujería en Chiloé. Secretos de Mitología''. Medicina Popular. 2006. 74 p. (Spanish) * Michel Meurger, Claude Gagnon. ''Lake monster traditions: a cross-cultural analysis''. Fortean Tomes, 1988. [[Category: Chilean mythology]] [[Category: Ghost ships]] Return to Caleuche. Retrieved from "https://www.monstropedia.org/index.php?title=Caleuche"