IQUITOS - Portal to the Amazon by Cliff Tulpa, Author

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Myths and Superstitions

Chullachaqui The Chullachaqui are believed to be the descendants of ancient beings living deep in the jungle. They are supposed to have special powers that allow them to change shapes and to imitate animals of the jungle. Changing into an animal, they can lure a hunter deep into the jungle so he cannot find his way back.

Chullachaqui can shape change except for his one leg that is of a goat. Considered by some tribes to be very aggressive, dangerous and has killed many humans in the jungle. Some believe he is a protectorate of the jungle and kills those that come to exploit the natural resources.

162 Chullachaqui watches as woodcutters take illegal timber in the jungle. Artwork by David ‘Slocum’ Hewson.