Jul

13

curupiraHi Victor,

About a week ago, I met with a friend from Brazil, who told me about a character from Brazilian folklore called the Curupira, who seems to be the Brazilian form of the Hoodoo. Apparently his feet are turned backward so that those following him will go the wrong way, he usually rides a hedgehog, and a meeting with Curupira is a sign of terrible luck to come.

Regards,

Patrick

Ian clarifies:

Hi Patrick,

Actually the “curupira” is not a hoodoo like character. It is a Brazilian folklore character relating to the protection of the forest. Legend says he creates illusions so that hunters and violators get confused and lost, and his backward feet mean to confuse hunters going after him! Br,

Ian(from Rio de Janeiro)


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  1. steve on July 13, 2010 9:39 am

    My experience with the dreaded Hoodoo is that they are some of the most likeable people you will meet. They are the real life Ralph Kramden’s of the world. Just genuine good people who can’t ever seem to catch a break.

    They are not to be confused with con men or grifters. Those people can be best summed up by the quote from Canada Bill Jones

    “most people consider it a crime to take money off somebody, I consider it a crime not to”.

    They can be met in other forms. Joe Bfstlk in Lil Abner, Mush in “A Bronx Tale” Railbirds at the race track. Poker rooms around the country.

    I hate to say this but there are those who are just plain unlucky. They never seem to be able to catch a break. They are a day late and a dollar short. Just be careful, understand their pain but don’t buy into it. They find a way to survive someway, somehow with or without you.

  2. Ian on July 13, 2010 1:08 pm

    Hi Patrick,

    Actually the “curupira” is not a hoodoo like character. It is a brazilian folklore character relating to the protection of the forest. Legend says he creates illusions so that hunters and violators get confused and lost, and his backward feet mean to confuse hunters going after him!
    Br,

    Ian(from Rio de Janeiro)

  3. David on July 14, 2010 10:26 pm

    Pat,
    Perhaps this character was a ” curandera”, noone the less one should say clear of……
    best
    David

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