Just like the mountains have their gods, guardians and protectors: the muquis; the Amazonian forests also have their own: the sacha runas, one of these is the chuchallaqui, a short character that can easily move around the forest, of dark color and a head disproportionate for its size; but due to more than this qualities, the Chuchallaqui stands out for a peculiarity on its feet, they are uneven, which is where its Quechua name comes from: chulla = uneven / chaqui = feet.

There’s a wide array of characteristics given to this being, is said that one of its feet is turned backwards, others say that it has the shape of an animal’s paw (tigrillo -mountain lion, otorongo -puma, deer, sajino, huangana).

The chullachaqui was created by the superior spirits that took over the shamans. They being with a human being while they are a child, in order to fulfill the purposes of their creators, wandering around the physical and the spiritual dimension, until being released for sublimation or the will of their creators.

The chullachaqui uses its arts to protect its territory: releases thunders and lightning that scare mean, makes it rain heavily to put down the forest wild fires, warns the izulas and huayrangas (giant wasps which sting causes fever) so that they can attack lumberjacks.

It uses techniques to make people lose their trail and kidnap them, by making trails out of their uneven paw prints on opposite directions, that endlessly come and go, going around in circles, like life and time in the forest, with no beginning and no end. Through metamorphosis they take the form of animals to punish the hunters making them lose their tracks and torturing them deep in the forest.

The chullachaqui also makes its chacra (farm) in the middle of the forest, and while in the middle of the jungle you can hear a hollow thumb of machetes, like somebody was working on the woods, that is the chullachaqui, making its chacra.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Related Posts:


The Ayar Brothers Legend

The story tells that Capc Toco, one of the three windows of the Pacaritambo cave, in the Tampu Tocco mountain (northeast of Cusco), four young men and for young women appeared, their sisters and wives. Ayar Manco and his wife Mama Ocllo; Ayar Cachi and Mama Cora; [...]


The Snake’s Prairie

In one of our trips around Peru we heard the story about what happened on the journey taken from Cajamarca to the Celendin province. It’s said that there’s a huge prairie where a cylinder-shaped wall stands and that it extends through the prairie. This wall has the [...]


The Missing Maze Keeper

There is a legend in the Amazonas department in Peru that tells the story of a young woman that took care of the maze fields, scaring away the parrots so that they wouldn’t eat the cobs. One day a young man riding a beautiful horse showed up, this man offered to [...]


The Huancahui

It’s a bird similar to a sparrow hawk that makes a very peculiar sound. It has dark powers, capable of devouring the fiercest of vipers. It is said that if the Amazonian shaman learns the call of the Huancahui, they will dominate all vipers and if they fail when [...]


The Mayantu

A legend from the jungle of Peru tells that the Mayantu is a kind of elf with the face of a toad that lives on the high part of the jungle. It lives on gigantic trees that house its colossal figure which mimic to the bark of the trees. This character has the [...]


Legends Peru – The Aya Uma

On one of our trips through Peru, exactly on the Cajamarca province, we were told this story. It is said that once at midnight, a man was walking on a trail, taking along a little lamb and sent the characteristic sound of the Aya Uma, and then he saw a long and [...]