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The Colo Colo or Colocolo, is a malevolent creature from mapuche folklore.


Origin

The Colo Colo are born from an egg that was incubated by a rooster.


Description

The Colo Colo's aspects differ slightly according to which zone of Chile. In Mapuche the Colo Colo has a serpent form and can be transformed into a rat with feathers. Whereas in the south of Chile, the Huilliche culture represents them as a long mouse with the head of a rooster.


Behavior

The Colo Colo feed by taking the saliva from sleeping people. Commonly living in the corners or cracks of houses; the malignant creature would be identified as living in the home by listening for an animal that cries like a new born baby.


See also


References

  • Ernesto Wilhelm de Moesbach. Voz de Arauco: explicación de los de los nombres indígenas de Chile. Imprenta San Francisco, 1944. (Spanish).