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Depiction of the Cabloco D'água by Native People. Woodcut style art.
In Juazeiro, in Bahia, where I live, there are legends and ancient stories surrounding the Saint Francisco River. The folklore around it’s ancient and from a small age I heard stories that there live beings that are neither human nor animal. They are there to protect the river and, therefore, they tend to keep people away. Everyone that I knew would ridicularize these stores if spoken as truth.
But one day, over 30 years ago, I went swimming with my husband in the river, as we liked to do, alone on a stretch away from the city. The day was beautiful and the bath was a delight - the nature of the area is really special. That day we dived and, when we submerged, we felt a current forming. The water, which until then had been placid, was suddenly agitated.
We looked at each other and immediately began to swim swiftly to the shore. At that moment, my husband and I felt a strong turbulence going through our legs. It was an upward pressure, as if something were coming up from the bottom of the river to the surface.
Suddenly, a gigantic man emerged from within the water. He was very tall and was naked. He had a muscular body, black skin and bald head, he looked young and had scales on his body. I could hardly believe it, but that man was exactly as they described in the regional stories. As soon as he got out of the water, he started yelling at us in a language we did not understand.
The man moved his arms and legs and the river started shaking, pulling us down. It was difficult to swim and not swallow water. I was terrified and soon understood that he wanted to kill us drowned. We continued struggling, trying to get to the riverbank, until finally we hit the sandbar. I do not know where we drawed strength.
As soon as we got out of the water, we looked back, but the giant was gone. It was all very fast. We got our things and started running away from there. We were desperate, and when we saw the first group people, we told them what had just happened. Nobody believed us. I never had the courage to step on that stretch of bank, not even close. I continue to swim in San Francisco, but to this day I pray and ask for protection every time before I enter. "
An eyewitness depiction of the Claboco D'Agua.
My maternal grandfather),was born in Nova Serrana, reported a curious encounter with the Cabbloco d'água on the banks of the Lambari River. He would always go fishing with my great-uncle, in some rivers that were up there. My uncle always spoke to be careful of the Cabloco d'água, a mixture of man and monkey that turns the canoe to eat people. But he never gave a # to that story.
One day whomever while he was fishing, he said to have spotted an "omi" (A region term for “man”) lying on a riverside beach, he approached to have a better look, and at a certain distance, he realized that he was not a man but the infamous Cabloco d'água. The creature was "sunbathing", and when the creature noticed his presence, it jumped in the water onto direction of his canoe. Desesperated he grabbed a machete and when the creature reached the canoe, he swinged his machete and managed to cut the creature's hand, the creature than fled. Watching the aftermath, his grandfather saw what looked like to be black scales that came out of his body when he striked.
Raised statue in tribute to the Cabloco.
Artist rendering of the Carrancas used by the people of the river.
originally posted by: DrumsRfun
a reply to: Frocharocha
Any chance you might be able to supply a link or a source?
I'd like to read more.
originally posted by: DictionaryOfExcuses
I love it when good threads pop up in cryptozoology and urban legends. Thanks.
I'm taking a wild guess that you are from the region, or have roots leading there. True? If so, what's your take on it?
I can't say either way whether I believe the tales, but I don't think it's impossible that giants or otherwise undocumented humanoid creatures could be out there.
originally posted by: stormcell
Having some creature sunbathing on the riverside - sounds like an alligator, crocodile or Komodo dragon. There are species of snakes which can also swim in water. Komodo dragons have a strong sense of smell, so perhaps they could smell the odor of tobacco.