Saci Picture

Octiber 31 was The Day of Saci here in Brazil.

Saci Pererê is a very playful character in Brazilian mythology. The color of his skin is black and he has only one leg. He is always depicted smoking a large pipe. He wears a red pointed hat, which gives him magical powers like the ability to appear or disappear whenever he wants to. He loves to play pranks like distracting people who are cooking so that the food burns on the stove. Some of his other pranks are to hide kitchen utensils, bang doors or letting animals penned in corrals loose. Another favorite of his is to startle travelers or hunters who venture alone in the forests, by whistling loudly in their ears. After this, he appears to them in a cloud of smoke, asking them to light his pipe. During full moon nights, he hops onto a horse and gallops merrily around the countryside.He likes to braid the horse's mane, too.
I think he lost his leg during a capoeira fight, but i´m not sure.

According to legend, inside every small tornado that raises dust and sweeps everything it finds in its way, there is a Saci Perere. People say that if someone throws a rosary made of seeds inside the tornado, Saci Perere can be captured. By taking possession of his hat, the person can have any wish fulfilled.However, his cap is often depicted as having a bad smell. Most people who claimed to have stolen his hat say they can never wash the smell away.

There are several variants of the myth, but PererÊ is the most known.

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