Curupira, It’s a Brazilian myth that the natives already knew from the time of discovery. Natives and Jesuits called him Caiçara, the protector of the animals and woods.
It is a dwarf with red hair and green body hair and teeth. As protector of trees and animals, he oftenpunish the aggressors of Nature and the hunters who kills for pleasure. It is very powerful and strong.
His feet turned backwards serve to mislead the hunters, leaving them always follow false trails. Whosees it completely loses its way, and do not know find your way back. It is impossible to capture it. To lure his victims, he sometimes calls people shouting that mimic the human voice. It is also called the Father or Mother-of-Mato, Curupira and Caapora. For the Guarani indigenous he’s the Demon of theForest. Sometimes it is seen riding a Collared peccary.
A letter from Priest Anchieta dated from 1560, said: “Here there are certain demons, which the natives call Curupira, which attack many times in the woods, giving them whips and wounding them.”
The natives, to please him, left in clearings, feathers, mats and blankets. According to belief, when enter the forest, one must take a roll of smoke to please him, in case you find him.