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Mitos y leyendas de animales: Creencias en torno a la zorra

LA ZORRA COMO MENSAJERO DE LA MUERTE

 Leyenda de Pozo de Acuña, municipio de Guadalcázar, SLP

No, eso que usted pregunta del ahuizote y de los perros aquí no sucede. Nosotros sabemos cuándo alguien se va morir porque escuchamos a la zorra cantar –afirma el Sr. Alfonso Loera–. Cuando la zorra canta en la tarde nunca falta que alguien se muera. Pero déjeme decirle una cosa: no siempre se muere alguien que vive aquí en el pueblo cuando canta la zorra. También se dan casos de que la zorra canta y se muere alguien de aquí del pueblo, pero que vive en otra parte, por ejemplo en San Luis, en Monterrey o en l’otro lado.

Entonces ahí anda la zorra cante y cante y la gente asustada. No se muere nadie, pero a los dos o tres días nos llega la novedad de que Fulano o que Zutano se murió por decir en Oklahoma o en Houston. Entonces la zorra con su canto estaba avisándonos que alguien del pueblo iba fallecer. Libro de Homero Adame

Este relato se publicó originalmente en mi libro Mitos y leyendas del Altiplano potosino, por la Secretaría de Cultura del San Luis Potosí (Editorial Ponciano Arriaga), en 2004

Una Supersticiones sobre animales en el desierto (2)versión diferente se publicó recientemente en el libro Creencias, mitos y leyendas de animales en el Altiplano, de Homero Adame, 2015.

El libro se puede conseguir por Internet siguiendo este enlace de la Librería Española.

Myths and legends from San Luis Potosi: The ahuichote

THE AHUICHOTE

Folk story heard in Las Carboneras, Matehuala, San Luis Potosi

A long time ago, I was doing some work in the highlands, in the Altiplano Potosino, and of course I took great interest in the local myths and legends. Every evening I spent time talking to the local people and hearing their stories. It was very surprising to learn about an ahuichote ― a sort of animal spirit that announces death. In the Aztec folklore there’s a mythological animal called “ahuizotl”, but its description and its purpose has nothing to do with the ahuichote (also referred as “ahuizote”, “agüichote “or “güichote”) I found in the Altiplano. In the end I concluded that this spirit was “new” to universal mythology, and should be included.

Anyway, I heard different stories of this ahuichote, and all of them spoke of how such spirit was the messenger of Death. One night, while drinking hot chocolate by the fire place, and old lady told me: “Years ago, for several days we heard a strange howl and we knew something bad was going to happen. A couple of days later we learned that Chencho died in Monterrey. His corpse arrived at midnight and we all went to his poor house to veil him. All the time we were veiling Chencho, we kept hearing a strange noise. It was like a cry of a coyote, but not quite the same. It was an inhuman howl; not from this world. We could hear it, and we all knew what it was. Yes, it was the howl of the ahuichote itself, because he was saying that there was a dead person in the village. And that dead person was Chencho, who was from this village but living in Monterrey. The ahuichote cried all night. Legend written by Homero Adame.

“Next morning, after the service offered by a priest from Matehuala, we all went to the cemetery for Chencho’s funeral. And the frightening howl of the ahuichote was harder and sadder than ever. When the grave was covered with soil, the howling stopped. We didn’t hear the ahuichote again that day, and not for many days.

Here we all know that when the ahuichote howls, somebody is going to die”. Homero Adame’s folk story found at: https://adameleyendas.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/myths-and-legends-from-san-luis-potosi-el-ahuichote/

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You can find more Mexican myths and legends on this link: Mexican folk stories.

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