When the 31st of October arrives with the celebration of Halloween, it is customary to tell each other stories stories that frighten or to take a close interest in everything that concerns the field of the strange. Today, we will focus on an urban legend Mexican : la Lechuza who would be a witch with the ability to metamorphose into a frightening bird.
As mentioned above, the Lechuza or Mujer Lechuza is a witch in Mexican folklore who has the ability to transform herself into a gigantic black bird. You can translate his name into French as “owl” or his masculine “owl”.
Legend has it that she asked the devil to grant her powerful powers in exchange for her soul.
It would appear either at dusk or at night and would take the form of a bird the size of a human or a half-bird half-woman creature.
The Lechuza is very feared in Mexico because when it manifests its presence, it is often to attack people who have caused harm or to abduct children destined for sacrifice for an evil and occult ritual. It is often compared to the harpies of Greek mythology who also usually select their prey and appear at night.
There are many testimonies of Lechuza appearances and the “evidence” linked to this creature seems not to be missing. Many people claim to have seen this creature perched discreetly near a house and peddle the fact that it would simulate crying or whistle in order to attract innocent children. Others say they have seen them flying in the air or during heavy storms. Indeed, the Lechuza would also have the ability to cause storms, which would explain why it could possibly have been observed. When you find scratches on your door or the shutters of your house and you hear a scream, it would mean that the Lechuza has gone through there and chosen you to die.
Is there any way to get rid of her?
It would seem so if one were to believe a rumour that she would only fear salt and that any attempt at attacking with weapons is useless because it would be invulnerable and immortal because of her pact with the devil, if one bases oneself on her legend. But it is only a story to the extent that this thesis has never been verified.
Nevertheless, these testimonies are taken very seriously in Mexico and several elderly women have been suspected of being a Lechuza following accusations from people claiming to have been victims of bad luck.
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