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Mitos y Leyendas: The Mapinguarí

2024-02-07T17:47:48+00:00
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  • Genny de Bernardo shares with you the legend of the Mapinguarí.
  • It is about a mysterious and eerie creature from South America.
  • A beast that some say feeds on brains.

The ancient tale of the Mapinguarí tells the story of a skilled shaman, endowed with great wisdom, who attained the knowledge of the secret of immortality.

However, this gift came with a high price: the metamorphosis of his body. The shaman, once human, transformed into a creature covered in fur, similar to a bear, with a reddish hue and an unpleasant odor.

Standing at a height of two meters, the Mapinguarí bears human-like facial features, prefers to move during the night, and its enormous claws are directed towards its body.

Its skin is so tough that it cannot be pierced, and it can move both on four and two legs. It is said to possess a second mouth on its abdomen, emitting a foul odor to attract flies.

Theories of the Mapinguarí

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Some suggest that it is a remnant of encounters between the early inhabitants of the Amazon and giant ground sloths from the Stone Age.

While others speculate it could be an unidentified species of giant anteater.

Despite the efforts of biologists, paleontologists, and cryptozoologists, physical evidence of its existence has never been found.

David Oren, an American paleontologist naturalized Brazilian, has interviewed numerous people who claim to have seen the Mapinguarí, and even some who claim to have hunted it.

Research

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Oren, who has been studying the Amazon ecosystem since 1977 and has discovered several bird species, also proposes that the Mapinguarí could be a form of ground sloth believed to have gone extinct millennia ago but possibly survived in the depths of the jungle.

The tracks and excrement of this sloth resembled those of humans and horses, respectively, matching the descriptions of the Mapinguarí.

Oren suggests that the alleged mouth on the stomach could be an abdominal gland, a theory that has also been used to link the ground sloth to the legends of the Patagonian Giants in the Patagonia region.

Mitos y Leyendas bids you farewell for now and hopes that the legend of the Mapinguarí has been to your liking. Until next time!

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