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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lechuza

Lechuza are either shape-shifting witches or spirits in Hispanic folklore. Tales of Lechuza are quite popular in Mexico and Texas.

Appearance: A human-sized bird with a woman's face

Lore: Lechuza are women who have sold their souls to the devil in exchange for magical powers. At night, they transform into monsters with a bird's body and a woman's face, similar to depictions of harpies in Greek mythology. They then fly through the night in search of prey.

When a Lechuza finds her target she will perch in a location where she can't easily be seen and then will make either strange whistles or the sound of an infant crying. Anyone who attempts to determine where the sound is coming from is at risk of becoming Lechuza's dinner. Lechuza will then swoop down and carry off the confused and horrified individual.

In some versions of the story, the Lechuza is the spirit of a witch who was murdered by locals. Her spirit returns in the form of the bird-monster to get revenge. In other tales, the Lechuza is the vengeful spirit of a woman who has returned from the grave to torment the living and to seek revenge.

In modern times, most reported run-ins with the witch-bird involve her swooping down at cars driving deserted roads at night.

Powers: As a witch, Lechuza possesses supernatural powers. One of the powers of the Lechuza is to summon storms. Sightings of Lechuza are believed to coincide with thunderstorms. Lechuza possess the power to shape-shift into bird-monsters at night. Lechuza also possess the ability to disguise their voices to appear as if it is the cries of an infant in order to draw it's human prey closer. Finally, it is believed that hearing the cry of the Lechuza is an omen that someone in the household will die, a trait more commonly found in tales of the banshee. Lechuza are immune to weapons and bullets and possibly are immortal.

Defense Against Lechuza: Lechuza fear salt. Upon hearing the call of a Lechuza one should immediately began cussing her out. Doing so will drive her away. Don't go outside to investigate hearing a strange whistle sound or the sound of a baby crying.

Lechuza As Owls: Today many mistake owls for the Lechuza and some even suggest that owls are the origin of the Lechuza myths.

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11 comments:

11laura110 said...

My grandma from my dad's side is a lechuza...... She dies a couple of years ago though.

diego said...

I saw one of these creepy tonite i was going down a abandoned road and all of i sudden i see somthing movies in the bushes i stoped then continued driving and the
A white owl like thing perches it self on the side of the road on a fence i immedialty turned around and left...

Anonymous said...

I hv a photo of a lechuza recently caught in carizo springs tx

Melli Tourniquet said...

I saw one last night. And heard it. This is the second time i've come in contact with it. Is that a sign?

Anonymous said...

My husband said when he was single and lived with his parents, he would come home late at night from work and could here one whistling at him in the trees and follow him outside as he moved around the house inside. He said he would ignore it, eventually it went away....my best friends grandmother told us that her first born child died because of a lechuza...it howled all night during a storm by her baby's window, in the morning the baby had died....

Anonymous said...

Thatz sad but my bf said his great great grandfather almost got attack because of one of the in mexico but he mcaught a lechuza and said if u come ill kill u or see u ill kill u the lechuza never came back.

Anonymous said...

These past few nights I've heard a large bird like creature in my parents back yard, it only happens at night, but last night we were all outside and we heard it fly but the wing spans was larger than an Eagle... And the screeching my Dad hears he describes it as a cry or low growl... It's kinda scary but never actually saw the animal or creature... Friends and family claim it may be the Lechuza but im still unsure.... If it is I really hope she goes away...

Anonymous said...

That's scary

Anonymous said...

My mom said that her brother was taken by the lechuza but then in the morning my moms brother was there full of blood . This happened when they were kids

Anonymous said...

My grandmother said her and her six siblings were out one midnight she said in the deep south country side in texas on a ranch full of trees and she said a loud sound of crying and roaring of many lechuzas they ran to the house screaming as they flew up high diving at them when they got there her mother saw them and lookedup then screamed and got theminside she.said they were flying in circles and then hitting a big glass window trying to get in in the living room her mother then got salt and toldthem to curse a loudly as they could they left but when we travel to visit the ranch my greatgrandmother ddissent let us out side after 10 now cause she says the lechuzas are waiting

Daniel Bahena said...

There's lechusas where I live they have there own house I'm going to destroy there house I'm there nightmare

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