The wind was blowing something fierce, the cold was intense, and the dogs were howling as if they were wolves in a desolate forest. It was midnight and the mission was to report the whereabouts of Honduras’s most mysterious man: Jorge Montenegro who for more than 50 years has given goosebumps to Hondurans with his Stories & Legends.
It took nearly an hour to discover his whereabouts. He received us in his home and we talked about one of the mythical beings who has been a star in one of his stories and who has survived the tides of history. We asked him his opinion about the celebration of Witches Day or Halloween and he assured us that it was invented to worship Satan. He said that celebrating these types of festivities is not for us and that we shouldn’t do it.
What he instead proposed was that the nation is permitted to celebrate a day that allows Honduras to regain and recover its oral legacy. Additionally, he revealed why Central American mythical beings such as La Sucia, La Taconuda, and La Llorona came into being.
Where Did La Sucia Come From?
Because scallions where searching for married women at midnight. What happens is that the human brain grabs hold of everything it’s told. If I tell you that you’ll be frightened in your own home tonight you’ll be careful and say: “Mr. Jorge told me that tonight I’ll be frightened”, that’s the power of suggestion when induced in someone. It leads someone to have a predisposition to something.
And Are There People In Honduras Who Celebrate Halloween?
That is an estadounidense tradition and it was introduced to Hondurans by living abroad in the United States & Europe and thus it went from something that wasn’t ours to being something that we celebrated. Halloween is a business of masks, disguises, amulets, pumpkins, toads, snakes, and everything that means terror, demonism, and more in a signal festival: Halloween.
But In Honduras How Did We Come To Celebrate This?
We’re dogs when it comes to copying things. Hondurans need to value our own traditions, otherwise, we run the risk of losing our Honduran roots.
And What Do You Propose To Counteract This & Thus Regain Our Honduran Roots?
I propose the Day Of Stories & Legends Of Honduras. We’ll take back our rich oral traditions. For example, have the children dramatize La Sucia, and have they provide an origin for La Sucia’s creation so that we can instill fear in scoundrels.
What Day Should This Celebration Be Observed?
September 9th which is the day that I created the Stories & Legends of Honduras program, although I haven’t yet spoken with the President because we are currently in a period of questioning our politics and thus haven’t had space. This would create a legacy because it would give life to our oral traditions, our costumes, and our beliefs.
Have You Seen La Sucia?
No man, it was my inlaw who came out to me.
What About Ghosts?
Yes, people see ghosts, and you can see ghosts because you want to see one and thus you call one using your mind. If you think you are going to hear the voice of your grandmother you’ll hear her at night, she’ll talk to you but it won’t actually be her instead it’ll be one of the demons who take on human form to deceive mankind.
Who Told You Your First Scary Story?
My aunt Maria Manuela, I was 8 years old and I was a lazy kid, I was delighted to go play with rag balls, and my mom hadn’t yet figured out how to get me in bed by 9 or 10, when we lived in a bunkhouse and made a living by selling things at the Los Dolores market. The custom from the past was to eat dinner as a family, and thus I was given dinner and overheard my aunt being told: “Listen Chepita last night I heard a ghost cart passing through here.” And my aunt responded: “Yes I heard the ghost as well, taking its items with it, its demonic items.” After hearing that I no longer fought my family to stay awake, I went straight to bed out of fear and from there I’d never leave until morning came the next day.
And Where Was Stories & Legends From Honduras Born?
My aunts told me these stories and they stayed in my mind. That’s why I made the program, it reminded me of my childhood, and thus I wanted to and went out and investigated these stories from towns and cities all over the country.
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