behind the Myths of HondurasFabulous secrets, exciting and mysterious stories are hidden, which have passed from generation to generation and whose stories involve characters who are mostly diabolical creatures or spiritual and celestial entities.
Myths of Honduras
Honduras is a Latin American country that, like many others in the region, keeps within its culture and traditions, fabulous stories full of mysteries. Both the legends and the myths of Honduras involve indigenous characters and elements, the manifestation of diabolical creatures and the presence of spiritual and celestial beings.
Among the most popular stories are that of the Sinaguaba, the Sisimite y the White Cadejo. It should be noted that each of these myths embodies the narrative description of fanciful and mysterious events that are considered ancient and fictitious. These myths of Honduras originate mostly from rural areas, derived from indigenous traditions and customs.
It is common in Honduras, to listen to the narrations of this type of stories, where evil entities and other spirits or ghosts intervene, who have the fun of frightening the inhabitants of that country.
Many myths of Honduras are linked to terror and participation of mysterious beings, where the events described leave a moral or teaching. We also invite you to review our article on Colombian myths
the white cadejo
The legend of the cadejo or the cadejos, is one of the most well-known Honduran myths in almost all of Central America. It tells the story of a huge white dog with red eyes, originated with the purpose of providing protection to men, when they arrive at their residences late at night.
This white cadejo has a dangerous enemy, which is the black cadejo, a diabolical being that attacks and kills people who lack values and morals. It is said that when they face the protective spirit together with the diabolical one, a fight to the death begins, a scenario that allows the person to flee from the place.
The legend of the white Cadejo still remains very valid as an important myth of Honduras. The existence of two cadejos that have opposite colors (black and the other white), make many think that they are the envoys of God and Satan.
The white cadejo accompanies the man exercising his mission as guardian, especially watching the steps of the night owl until he arrives safely at home, sometimes observing him from the shadows and without being seen.
The Hunted House of Copan
The hunted House of Copán, is another of the myths of Honduras, which refers to the existence of a small house, located on a green hill in the community of Santa Rosa de Copán. As it was in a state of abandonment, the cattle that passed through the place, entered its patios to feed on the grass that grew in its adjacencies.
It is said that no one has lived in that house for many years, and that anyone who tried to live there would die without having time to flee from the dangerous mysteries that surrounded it. According to this Honduran myth, the inhabitants of Copán claimed to hear the horrible screams, which came from inside the small house.
The locals of Copán, imprisoned by fear, avoid even passing near this beautiful house, also preventing them from suffering some kind of tragedy.
The Witch Hill
Cerro Brujo is named after one of the myths of Honduras, which is more than 35 years old. It is located near Tegucigalpa in Honduras, adjacent to the highway. The story tells that some urban construction work was being carried out on the top of the hill, when suddenly, a gigantic being appeared to one of the workers.
They say that he himself took the tractor that the worker was driving, and threw it off the cliff. The fall was so resounding that it left a mark on the earth so remarkable that it can still be seen today. It is mentioned that although the worker survived the fall, he went mad after the terrifying encounter with that creature.
Driven by their fears, the population decided not to do any type of construction on the Hill after that event, also baptizing the mountain as "El Cerro Brujo". Despite this, two residential complexes were built on the slopes of the hill and while the work was being carried out, no anomaly occurred.
The legend of the Cyclops is among the myths of Honduras, one of the most popular. This story is recorded within their culture, the indigenous people of the Miskito jungle, who assure the existence of a being, similar to the characteristics of the Cyclopes.
The events take place in the middle of the XNUMXth century, when there was an Indian named Julian Velasquezwho did not want to be baptized. He tells that one day, he undertook a journey from Laguna Seca, which was his place of residence, to the Atlantic coast, in the company of a sorcerer.
Arriving at that place, he met a tribe of cruel bloodthirsty, whose outstanding characteristics was that they had only one eye. These creatures captured Julián along with three other people, taking them as prisoners to be fattened. After many attempts to escape from that place, Julián finally succeeded and since then no one has ever heard of those Cyclopes.
The Tongue Eater
In Honduras, there was a time when farm owners reported losing their cattle or appearing dead on the pasture, with visible signs that they had been attacked by a wild animal.
One of the peculiarities of those dead cows was that their tongues had been cut off at the root, as well as split and dislocated jaws. From there the fearsome creature was baptized as the Comelenguas.
The Christ of Santa Lucia
This myth from Honduras tells that one day, the inhabitants of the communities of Los Cedros and Santa Lucía, observed with great amazement, how the statue of the Christs of their churches were exchanged with each other.
They say that in reaction to this, residents of both towns went out in procession to the city of Tegucigalpa, with the intention of returning each Christ to its place of origin, and it would be there where the saints will be exchanged.
However, something out of the ordinary happened with the Christ of Santa Lucía that prevented its inhabitants from returning it to its church, as it began to get too heavy when passing through a place known as La Travesía.
The faithful devotees could not carry them anymore and left the image there, claiming that it was a sign from heaven that they should obey. In the same way there are many other interesting stories within the work Ecuadorian Legends
The infatuations of the elf of Trujillo
According to Honduran tradition, before, the duende of Trujillo was a heavenly angel, who even played the guitar, but for being a womanizer, he was expelled from heaven. Arriving on Earth, he became a goblin.
The characteristics of this goblin were those of a little man with big ears, somewhat paunchy, and wearing a giant hat that covered his head. This goblin was so infatuated that he used to steal the youngest and prettiest girls of the region, and yet he never returns them.
About this Honduran myth, it is known that the woman who believes she is in danger in the presence of the Trujillo goblin must invoke the words: “remember the music of heaven”, and with this she will be able to scare the goblin away.
The Yoro Fish Rain
According to the popular folklore of Honduras, the Yoro Fish Rain turned out to be a unique meteorological phenomenon that has been occurring for more than a century in that town. Witnesses have commented that this phenomenon manifests darkening of the sky with the presence of dense clouds.
Then, there is the roar of strong winds and thunder, as well as lightning that announce the arrival of heavy rain, which lasts between 2 to 3 hours. When the rain ends, the inhabitants of the region find hundreds of fish scattered everywhere, and many of them are still alive.
The inhabitants of Yoro collect them and take them home to cook and eat them. These fish are freshwater and have a small size. According to the residents, these fish are not usually the same as those of other areas adjacent to the town.
This phenomenon became part of the traditions of Yoro, so much so that since 1.998, they have been celebrating the so-called Rain of Fish Festival. He also composed a popular Honduran song entitled: "Know Honduras", where the rain of the fish is mentioned in several parts. The text reads verbatim: “Where is there a rain of fish like a heavenly miracle? In Yoro Honduras”.
the shod mule
The herrada mule, is one of the myths of Honduras that is located in the times of the Spanish colonization, when there was a young girl, very simple and graceful. The young woman in a humble house with her parents.
Due to her bearing and other physical attributes, the young woman was very striking and any man seeing her, fell madly in love with her. They say that it happened to a young aristocrat of Spanish origin, who was the son of a landowner. The young man and the girl got married and went to live on the farm.
With this new change, the life of that girl who was previously very humble, was completely transformed, now living in abundance and with a new social position. They say that the change was such that the young woman now denied her origin and despised her parents, forbidding them to visit her in her new home with many luxuries.
It is said that one day the mother of the young woman, old and sick, was passing through the vicinity of the hacienda where her daughter now lived, and due to the threat of the arrival of a powerful storm, she wanted to ask her for a place to stay.
She was received by one of the maids, who then went to inform her boss about the presence of her mother, but she did not even want to see her, ordering the maid to take her to sleep in the stables instead of one of the many rooms that the hacienda had.
The poor mother was led by the servant to that place, where she slept on the cold floor of the corral. The storm manifested itself with great fury throughout the night, lightning and thunder lit up the sky, the winds blew harshly, scaring a surly mule that was loose in the corral.
The animal began to kick the poor lady who was sleeping on the ground with her hooves. Other servants were the ones who realized that the animal had killed the poor lady, and when telling the young woman, the guilt for her mother's death created a great impact, which also caused her death instantly, without have had time to repent of the injustice committed.
She says that as punishment, three days after her burial, during a full moon night, the young woman woke up in her coffin, resurrecting in the body of a black and shod mule, half animal and half woman. She usually appears at midnight, scratching the sidewalks and stones of the houses of those sinful people with her hooves so that they repent of her faults and sins.
I followed her
According to this Honduran legend, the siguanaba was a very beautiful teenager who lived in a rural area with her parents, whom she helped with the various household chores. When she turned 15, the young woman was pretended to be married by a good, hard-working boy from a wealthy family.
The girl's parents agreed and chose the date for the wedding. When the bride and groom were in front of the altar, the priest asked them both to deliver their baptismal certificate, but the young woman was not baptized.
The priest refused to marry the couple despite the pleas of relatives. Because she could not marry the love of her life, that young woman fell into a deep depression that little by little turned into madness, which is why the boy abandoned her completely.
Prey to madness, the teenager decided to keep her wedding dress on forever, and went back and forth everywhere with it. One day, while she was near the river, she found out that her lover was going to marry someone else.
The pain she felt at that moment as a result of the news was so great that she ran away as if she were possessed by some entity, emitting screams and heartbreaking cries, deciding to take her own life, throwing herself into the river, where she hit herself with a stone and died. Instantly.
It is said that since then the spirit of the girl wanders in search of her lover, with the appearance of a beautiful woman with a slender and tempting body, but the face of a horse. She usually appears in the rivers and streams, still dressed in white, to the men who wander drunkenly through these places. She also appears to male chauvinists and womanizers, so she is confused with the myth of La Llorona.
The myths of Honduras called Sisimite tell, that this was a humanoid creature, whose characteristics were that of a creature with ape features, black or dark brown fur, and a height greater than that of any average person. He possesses an enormous strength capable of breaking bones with one blow.
It has the particularity that its feet are upside down, so that in its transit, its footprints go in the opposite direction, managing to deceive people regarding the real path it takes.
The narration describes that one day the Sisimite came down from the mountain and kidnapped a woman to take her to his cave. For many months the villagers took the woman for dead, but over time she managed to escape from her and tell her own experience.
The Sisimite would have raped her and then she gave birth to three ape children. When he was able to escape from her, he could not take the children with her, something that the fearsome creature took advantage of to threaten the woman and not run away from her, but she left without looking back. As revenge, the Sisimite threw his children into the river, where they drowned.
This is one of the best known Honduran myths, where the story of a young woman who lived with her parents in a humble little house is told. As she grew older, she fell in love with a young man whom she had known since she was very little, who was very hard-working and rich.
The parents, happy about the union, prepared everything for the marriage, but on the day of the wedding, when the priest asked them if they were baptized, they found that the young woman was not, so the friar did not marry them.
The young woman became ill with depression that ended up driving her crazy, and her lover abandoned her to later marry another. In the midst of her madness, the young Ella promised never to take off her wedding dress again. The young woman in the story felt so sad and desperate with the news of her love's wedding that she jumped off a cliff and drowned. Since then they say that her soul is in pain, looking for her loved one, prowling the lakes at night and dressed as a bride.
She usually attracts men with her beauty and slender body, but once they are around, she turns into something horrible that drives them crazy, especially drunks, revelers and womanizers. If you liked this article, you can also search our blog Mayan Legends