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The Caribbean island nation of Haiti, already steeped in the dark lore of zombies and voodoo magic, also has its own version of the infamous werewolf, which they call the je-rouges, or “red eyes.” It is also referred to by the French term loup-garou and the Creole word lougarou. It is the Haitian equivalent of the Louisiana Rougarou and the Soucouyant of other Caribbean nations.

Werewolves and Voodoo[]

The lougarou may also have roots in the mythology and practices of Haitian voodoo, a syncretic religion. The following is an excerpt given by a Haitian woman from this article written by Brent Swancer:

"They can be half-wolf or half-bird or any animal, but werewolf just means that they practice an evil art of Voodoo where they wear the skin of an animal and kill in the night. There have been many men who have been lynched when they were found out to be werewolves. Werewolves are normal men that use Voodoo to use the skin of an animal to turn themselves into monsters in the night. Because they are so strong when in their skin, the best way to kill a werewolf is when it is in the form of a man."

This explanation is quite similar to the North American skin-walker where a man has taken the form of an animal through the use of supernatural practices. This is unlike other werewolf and werewolf-like cryptids that are distinct species from humans.

Recent Sightings[]

After the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake, some reports of werewolves made mainstream headlines outside of the country. In a statement to the Financial Times, a university-educated man by the name of Vladimir Cadet who was inhabiting a survivor camp following the natural disaster said of the situation that:

Almost all Haitian families are afraid of this. While they are sleeping in the street, they are living with this reality. There was a woman whose two children were taken by a werewolf. This kind of thing is spreading like wildfire. I have never seen one but I’ve been told by my mother that they exist. When I was a little boy, I was nearly taken

In fact, the fear sprouted by these rumors caused the homeless to set up guard patrols at night, keeping a lookout for the monsters, claimed Cadet. Since then, there have been supposed cases where suspected lougarou have been murdered. In 2016, three deaf women named Jesula Gelin, Vanessa Previl, and Monique Vincent, ventured out from the village of Leveque in an attempt to collect supplies in Port-au-Prince, some 20 miles away. Leveque was set up to provide homes for displaced deaf people. All three women were later found in a ditch, beaten, stabbed, burned, and with their tongues cut out in an apparent ritualistic murder. According to an Associated Press article covering the case, one suspect said that the women had been killed because they were suspected of being werewolves. The article stated:

One suspect told investigators that the deaf women were killed by Gelin’s husband because the family feared that they were werewolf-type creatures called “lougarou,” their disabilities the product of a hex.

Pop Culture[]

The song Don't go by the River by Voltaire mentions the Lougarou in the lyric: "There's a bat they call Lestat, who will sink his teeth in you! You might meet a creature from the swampy black lagoon! And if the moon is full, you might meet the Loupgarou!"

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