Trinidad folklore Laga-hoo

Trini Folklore: Loup Garou

  • Loup Garou, Lugahu (n): In folklore, a human who takes the form of an animal, generally, at night. <French loup garou ‘werewolf’>.

Loup Garou and other Trini folklore such as Papa Bois is an oral tradition meant to pass on the stories to the next generation. Other Trini phrases in the vernacular are Kote-si Kote-la, Light Candle, Sprawl Off, Jhorts, Sancoche, Kaka-Nay, Rum Jumbie.


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Source: Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago by Lise Winer

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Trinidad Folklore Douen

Trini Folklore: Douen

Douen, Duende, Douaine, Doune, Dwen, Duegne (n): A Folklore character, the spirit of a child who died before baptism.  Douens wear large hats, have backwards-pointing feet, utter a soft hooting cry, and often lead children to wander off.  <Spanish duende ‘goblin’>

Trinidad folklore Papa Bois

Trini Folklore: Papa Bois

The oral traditions of Trinidad and Tobago originated with our ancestors from West Africa and East India. As such, local author Michael Anthony is preserving the legend of Papa Bois and other stories with books such as Caribbean Folktales and Fantasies.

Trini Folklore: Soucouyant

  • Soucouyant (n): A person, usually an old woman, who sheds her skin, travels as a ball of fire and sucks people’s blood, leaving a blue mark. Soucouyans, have an unnatural and indelicate propensity for casting off their skin, which they usually conceal in or under a chocolate mortar.  There are two plans: one is to sprinkle salt upon the cast off skin, should you meet it (there’s the rub); or when you are expecting a visit from the ‘thing,’ strew the floor around your bed with rice.  This the Soucouyan, by some mysterious law, will be compelled to pick up grain by grain, thereby affording you an opportunity for slaying or otherwise disposing of the monstrosity.
    • Yesterday day night soucouyant suck me farder…On he leg an he han. It was looking blue blue.

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Source: Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago by Lise Winer

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