South American Halloween Picture

Yeah, a few days from Halloween and I still see witches and pumpkins and Jack Skellintons in my deviations.
Not that I don't like it, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays but this time I decided to try something different.

With the purpose of countering the growing trend of adopting the American Halloween in Brazil, The Day of Saci was created in 2005, and it is likewise commemorated on October 31.

So this one goes to celebrate myths and folklore in South American culture, featuring my characters from South American Way:

- Chile dressing up as the Alicanto bird
- Venezuela as María Lionza (she's nekkid!)
- Brazil as the Saci-Pererê (the folklore myth has only one leg, therefore Brazil's standing only in one foot)
- Argenina as La Difunta Correa (The Deceased Correa)
- Bolivia ready to the Tinku feast

Unfortunately, I haven't found any myths or folklore characters from Uruguay nor Paraguay. If you happen to know one, let me know!



According to Wikipedia:

- The Alicanto or Allicanto is a mythological bird of the desert of Atacama, pertaining to Chilean mythology.
The alicanto's wings shine during the night with beautiful, metallic colors, and their eyes emit strange lights;
making a luminous flight some would not project shade on the desert.
This bird brings luck to any miner who sees it. Alicantos live in small caves between hills containing minerals,
and feed on gold and silver. If the lucky miner follows an alicanto without being caught, they can find silver or gold.
But, if the alicanto discovers them, the bird will guide the greedy miner off a cliff, causing them to fall to their death.

- The Saci the most popular character in Brazilian folklore.
He is a one-legged black or mulatto youngster with holes in the palms of his hands, who smokes a pipe and wears a magical red cap that enables him to disappear and reappear wherever he wishes (usually in the middle of a dust devil).
Considered an annoying prankster in most parts of Brazil, and a potentially dangerous and malicious creature in others, he will nevertheless grant wishes to anyone who manages to trap him or steal his magic cap.
However his cap is often depicted as having a bad smell, most people who claimed to have stolen this cap often say they can never wash the smell away.

- María Lionza is the central figure in one of the most widespread indigenous religions in Venezuela.
Her religion is a blend of African, indigenous, and Catholic beliefs similar to the Caribbean Santería.
She is revered as a goddess of nature, love, peace, and harmony. She has followers in many layers of Venezuelan society from small rural villages to the modern capital of Caracas, where a statue stands in her honor. Both the salsa singer Rubén Blades and the New Weird America musician Devendra Banhart have composed songs in her honor.

- According to popular legend, Deolinda Correa was a woman whose husband was forcibly recruited around the year 1840, during the Argentine civil wars. Becoming sick, he was then abandoned by the Montoneras [partisans].
In an attempt to reach her sick husband, Deolinda took her baby child and followed the tracks of the Montoneras
through the desert of San Juan Province. When her supplies ran out, she died. Her body was found days later by gauchos that were driving cattle through, and to their astonishment found the baby still alive, feeding from the deceased woman's "miraculously" ever-full breast. The men buried the body in present-day Vallecito, and took the baby with them.

- Tinku, an Andean tradition, began as a form of ritualistic combat. It is native to the northern region of Potosí in Bolivia.
In the language of Quechua, the word “tinku” means encounter. In the language of Aymara it means “physical attack.”
During this ritual, men and women from different communities will meet and begin the festivities by dancing.
The women will then form circles and begin chanting while the men proceed to fight each other; rarely the women will join in the fighting as well. Large tinkus are held in Potosí during the first few weeks of May.
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