Peru is absolutely teeming with legends. Legends about the natural world, pre-Columbian deities, and some of a more sinister nature. Those tales that inspire a strange mix of dread, nostalgia, and perhaps morbid curiosity are the subject matter I wish to present in this series.
When I began to research for this series, I was quickly overwhelmed by how much great material there is to work with. Floating heads of unfaithful women, sinister alpaca spirits with human faces, and killers obsessed with collecting human fat are only a few of the bizarre and truly bone-chilling tales original to the Andean country.
Because fear of the unknown transcends culture. These kinds of “campfire” tales are the most accessible and relatable way to enter into the vast world of Peruvian mythology.
Furthermore, these stories deserve to be collected in one place and told to an audience that can truly appreciate them. I believe that audience is here at Living in Peru.
In this series, we are going to encounter all manner of demons, gnomes, monsters, and spirits, all directly from Peruvian folklore. As we go, if there is a particular legend that you have heard of while traveling or visiting Peru and are excited to learn more about it, please comment or write to let us know so we can consider including it in the series.
Stay tuned for terrifying tales from Peru’s desert coasts, high Andean plains, and sprawling jungles. The three great macro-regions of Peru are deep wells of legends with roots in the cultures that created them. I hope you are as excited as I am to begin to uncover this world.
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