Another Supernatural Experience 2021.02.18
So as I promised, we delve some more into the soucouyant folklore. The first time I heard about this creature was post witnessing these huge, blue-black marks covering the inside of my mother’s legs. It was terrible to look at. It looked as those someone had taken their fist and hammered her inner thighs for hours.
The theory from my parents was that it was the work of the legendary soucouyant. This aberration is almost an equivalent of the widely publicised vampire. It is a shape-shifting, vampiric jumbie (jumbie/ˈdʒʌmbi/ noun, West Indian - meaning, a spirit of a dead person, typically an evil one) from Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean regions. By day the soucouyant will appear as a normal human woman, usually elderly, but at night will cast off her skin and take on its true form of a flying fireball. The skin will be stored somewhere such as a mortar to protect it while the soucouyant flies out to look for victims. In this form they are said to be able to fit through any size hole or crack in a building and descend upon whoever they find sleeping there, draining them of their blood or life-force through the bottom of their feet or other limbs. The victim may eventually become a soucouyant themselves or, if drained to death, the feeding soucouyant may take their skin as a replacement for their own.
Now, as for the last part - draining all their blood, turning the victims into a soucouyant and even stealing their skin - those are new to me. I have never realised how serious this situation could be. On my mother’s part, she simply had a lot of visits from an elderly lady in our village. My mother found it suspicious that this woman had such a keen interest in her. Moreso that the woman would bring her a present either the day before or day after (I cannot remember which) her blood had been sucked.
This is all part of the theory. The soucouyant selects someone she likes and focuses all her attention, human and inhuman, on this target. Hearing that made me skeptical about being friendly or close with such a person; self-preservation warned that avoiding her would be safer. She would often try to be friendly with me but I resisted for fear of being attacked. It was sad to see a few years later my sisters and I with the same bruises on our inner thighs.
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