La Sayona is an avenging spirit or monster in the folklore of Venezuela who preys on unfaithful men.
Appearance: La Sayona's true form is of a rotting corpse or skeleton, concealed by her clothing. For images of La Sayona, click HERE.
Lore: There once was a beautiful woman named Melissa. One day while bathing in a local river, a man approached her and told her that her husband was having an affair with her own mother. In a fit of rage, Melissa burned down her home as her husband and child slept within. She then grabbed a machete and hacked her mother to death. As she lay dying, the mother placed a curse on Melissa, transforming her into La Sayona, a spirit who kills unfaithful men. La Sayona will appear as a beautiful and seductive woman who tempts married men, often by getting them to follow her into the forest. Once alone, La Sayona transforms into her true form and mutilates her victims. In modern times, La Sayona will appear as a hitch-hiker or a woman in need of a ride. The "concerned" men who stop to help her are in fact her would-be victims. La Sayona is a smoker and may ask for a cigarette. She also appears to enjoy toying with her prey. Whether she leads them into the forest or asks them for a ride, the victims of La Sayona all meet the same painful doom.
Powers: La Sayona can appear as a beautiful and seductive woman.
Defense Against La Sayona: Carrying tobacco in your pocket will protect you from La Sayona. Stay true to your mate. La Sayona only preys on unfaithful men.
Confusion With Other Monsters: La Sayona is often confused with La Llorona and Patasola.
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Encylcopedia Of Spirits by Judika Illes