Gije

Little Peop le of the West Indies.

Etymology: Possibly of Arawakan origin. Variant name: Jigüe.

Physical description: Half monkey, half human. Height, 3 feet. Black skin. Flattened, oversized head. Long beard. Big belly. Breastlike navel. Powerful claws. Short feet.

Behavior: Nocturnal. Extraordinarily strong. Habitat: Ponds. Distribution: Eastern Cuba. Sources: Antonio Bachiller y Morales, "Jigues: Tradición Cubana," Archivos del Folklore Cubano 2, no. 2 (1926): 169-173; Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga, "Supersticiones," in La enciclopedia de Cuba

(San Juan, Puerto Rico: Enciclopedia y Clásicos Cubanos, 1975-1977), vol. 8, pp. 217-222; Scott Corrales, "Aluxoob: Little People of the Maya," Fate 54 (June 2001): 30-34.

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