Trauco

Little People of South America.

Variant names: Fiura (for the female), Huelli, Pompo'n del monte, Thrauca (for the female), Thrauco, Trauko.

Physical description: Height, 1 foot 6 inches-2 feet 6 inches. Covered with coarse, shaggy hair. Broad back. No feet.

Behavior: Both nocturnal and diurnal. Frequents hollow trees or treetops. Eats fruit. Said to wear a conical hat and use a walking staff and stone axe. Hypnotizes and assaults women.

Distribution: Los Lagos Region, southern Chile.

Sources: George Chatworth Musters, At

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Home with the Patagonians (London: John Murray, 1871), p. 120; Carlos Munizaga A., "Mito y pequenas comunidades rurales: El 'Trauco' en Chiloe," Antropologia 2 (1964): 49—53; Gregorio Alvarez, El tronco de oro: Folklore del Neuquén (Buenos Aires: Editorial "Pehuén," 1968), p. 120; Raul Torres Rodriquez, "El trauco, cabellero galante de los Bosques," Revista de Marina 89 (1972): 761-766; Alejandro Chionetti, Mundos paralelos (Buenos Aires: Cielosur, 1979), pp. 140-141; John E. Roth, American Elves (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1997), pp. 57, 175-177.

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