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The Peuchen is a creature from southern Chile.


Origin

The Peuchen can be found in Mapuche and Chilota mythology.


Description

The Peuchen has been described as gigantic flying snake which produced strange whistling sounds.


Powers

The Peuchen is a shapeshifter that can instantly change into animal form. Its gaze could petrify an intended victim and permit it to suck its blood. It is often reported as the cause of sucking the blood from sheep. The creature can be eliminated by a machi (Mapuche Medicine Woman).


References

  • (Spanish)Martinez Vilches, Oscar (1992). Chiloe Misterioso: Turismo, Mitologia Chilota, leyendas. Ediciones de la Voz de Chiloe. p. 179. ISBN 0-19-451308-4.