Every culture has legends meant to terrify children into obedience and one of those stories is that of the Rougarou. Rougarou, a mispronunciation of ‘loup-garou’ meaning ‘wolf-man’ in French, says to have its origins in Norman France and was brought to French communities such as Louisiana by French settlers and monks. This 7 to 8 foot tall beast with sharp teeth and glowing red eyes is said to prowl swamps around Acadiana and Greater New Orleans searching for disobedient children and Catholics. The story begins with a young man aspiring to become a hunter and trapper. He makes the acquaintance of an older man who takes him as an apprentice.

New France wikimedia
New France wikimedia

What this young man did not know is that is older hunter was in fact the rougarou and well, the rest is history.

How does one become a rougarou? Many say that if you break the rules of lent seven times in a row, you will be transformed into this frightening beast. Others say that it is a curse that lasts 101 days and can only be passed down by the drawing of human blood. Whatever the way, one would definitely want to stay out of the rougarou’s path. This creature is said to have bone crushing strength, incredible speed and an insatiable hunger for flesh. The only thing that will eradicate this were-beast is fire or decapitation. Many have gone a step further and mutilated the body in hopes that it would not return. Just like the werewolf, there is very little evidence that this creature does exist but still, the legend of the Rougarou plays an important role in the Cajun culture.

Do you believe in the Rougarou or do you think it is just another story to instil fear into children? What are your thoughts?