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Aunyaina

The Tupari people of Brazil have their own version of the tale of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” only their giant is much less friendly! Aunyaina is an enormous beast, with tusks like a boar. He feeds on anyone unlucky enough to cross his path. He is especially fond of children, whom he tears apart with his tusks and eats, bones and all! In one version of the story, some children climb a tree to escape from him. Aunyaina is too big to climb up after them through the flimsy branches, so he climbs up a vine instead. Afriendly parrot chews through the flimsy branches, so he climbs up a vine instead. A friendly parrot chews through the vine, and the beast crashes to the ground and is killed.

IN ANOTHER VERSION OF THE STORY. THE BEAST ES CHASING A MAN THROUGH A FOREST CLEARING. Aunyaina is so close that he can almost reach out and grab him! In desperation, the man grasps a thick vine from the forest floor and throws it up into the sky. To his amazement, it hangs there, like a jadder to the clouds. He frantically climbs up it, with Aunyaina just behind him. The parrot flies to his aid, chewing through the vine and sending the beast crashing down to his death.

DID YOU KNOW?[]

  • There are many versions of this popular tale. In one account, when the beast falls from the vine his body splits apart. Lizards burst out of his corpse and scurry away to colonize the land.
  • In some versions of the stosy, while the children are lucky enough to escape being eaten by the hungry beast, they are turned into monkeys and spend the rest of their lives in the treetops.
  • Tupari myths include gods, demons, magicians, and monsters. However, the story of Aunyaina has spread beyond Tupari culture. He is a popular character in online role-playing games and has his own entry on godchecker.com!
  • When the Tupari people first met outsiders in the early 20th century, they called them Tarüpa. Tarüpa means “bad spirits,” This was a reference to the problems that the outsiders brought with them, including terrible diseases.
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