For fans and lovers of werewolf myths, legends, folklore, whatever term tickles your fancy, I’ve researched information on…The Rougarou:
The Rougarou is a French-American term for a werewolf, basically. It comes from the original French loup-garou (French pronunciation: [lu ɡaˈʁu], English: /ˈluː ɡəˈruː/). Loup is French for wolf and garou is a man who transforms into an animal.
It has alternate spellings: Roux-Ga-Roux, Rugaroo, or Rugaru.
The tale of the rougarou is a common Cajun legend across French Louisiana. Some people call the creature a rougarou; others refer to it as the loup garou.
French settlers spread the legend for centuries claiming the rougarou prowled the swamplands around Acadiana and New Orleans and nearby forests.
The rougarou is normally described with features similar to the werewolf – depending on which werewolf folklore it is being compared to. The Cajun rougarou has a human body and the head of a wolf or dog.
The legends are often used to inspire fear or to influence behavior, especially in children, to make them behave. According to one variation of the legend, the wolf-like beast will hunt down and kill Catholics who do not follow the rules of Lent.
Some stories say the rougarou is created through witchcraft…only a witch can turn herself into a wolf or curse others with lycanthropy – turning them into werewolves. One story of this creature actually ties it to the headless horseman! Now that one is odd!
Another legend from the Louisiana area involves drinking blood. It says the rougarou is under a spell for 101 days then the curse is transferred to someone else when he/she drinks another human’s blood. The cursed person never tells anyone for fear of being hunt down and killed. And so the curse or spell continues on…
So, was that interesting or what?! Is it time to make a trip down to New Orleans now? That area intrigues me to no end! And for various reasons besides this bit of werewolf folklore I just posted! It’s famous for vampire mythology and ghosts and all its amazing history (both myth and real)!