Legend (the mystery of the cornfields)

fuente: http://pinturaindigena.blogspot.com.ar/ This is a legend of the republic of Uruguay, an elderly man who lives everywhere and does not belong to any place, a homeless person, who could not be contacted in any fixed address, lives and sleeps where night falls, Had a strong weakness for corn consumption.

This man ran the corn plantations to steal the choclos, he collected a good amount placed in a bag of burlap that hung on his shoulders.

A very sly and cautious man, not to be seen by the caretakers of the field, came out to steal in the dark moonless nights, these criminal acts were well known in the area and in a short time everyone knew of the existence of roba choclos .

One morning the news arrived to the town, the roba choclo loitered the place, a very petty estanciero decided to give battle to roba choclos, prepared his peonada to take care of the plantation at night in the company of the dogs, when the dark night fell they knew that The thief would be present, the peons and the owner of the estancia hid inside the cornfield.

The gaucho took half the night without a moon, entered the plantation very confidently, walked stealthily through the corn groves, stopped in the middle of the cornfield and began to load his bag with the choclo, chose the best fruits, in that it was Surprised by the owner of the stay.

Stop or shoot! Said the estanciero

When he heard the shout he steals choclos ran out.

Let the dogs out! The rancher shouted again

Hearing the order to release the dogs, the offender ran with more intensity.

The gaucho looked back and saw the lights of the lanterns of the peonadas, they were behind his tracks, the wild dogs were looking for him with desperation, the robbers rushed with his heavy burlap bag over his shoulder.

His ability to walk in the dark gave the advantage and was able to escape along the path of the stay towards the river, the dogs found the trail and ran after him.

When they reached the shore of the river, from which a strong and cold wind came, the dogs and the peonada surrounded him, when he was cornered, he did not hesitate to throw himself into the dangerous flow of the river.

The currents of the waters were very strong, the gaucho addicted to the corn did not release the heavy burlap sack of corn, lacking little to reach the other shore was lost in the waters of the dangerous river.

Since then his soul in grief prowls the cornfields, when the new moon arrives visit the corn plantations, leaving clear traces of his visit, you can find several corn husks half eat all salivated from a thick liquid and viscous, following The traces can be verified that the footprints always end up on the coast of the river.

Those who saw him claim that he is an old gaucho, with his clothes torn, worn, wet or damp, has a glow of light that surrounds his body, a pair of bright green eyes stand out in the darkness of the dark night, pose A strong smell of grass or wet moss.

Every year when the new moon arrives, it appears in the cornfields, a year goes something different, some children disappeared in the vicinity of the corn plantations, the neighbor attributed to an attack of roba choclos.

Since then the peasants had to carry out various methods of protection for their children and crops.

One of the methods of prevention was not to fry anything in corn oil, because the strong smell that emanates frying tempts the soul to steal choclos approach to the plantation, another method is to put pigeons around the cornfield, it is estimated that the spirit of Gaucho is afraid of pigeons.

Today the tradition continues as family protection, offering the soul in pity a plate of choclo bathed in honey, leaving at the entrance door of each house, another tradition is to place in the frame of the door a braided with beards of choclos tied in the Center with a red ribbon from each home.

Parents protect their children by placing several grains of corn in their pockets; if their children happen to make contact with the roba, they negotiate their freedom in exchange for grain.

All the losses of the children are attributed to the roba choclos, the children who wander alone to the side of the cornfields are trapped by the soul of the roba choclos and carried inside the burlap bag.

Commonly it is called suckling choclo, by the traces left on the plantations, the half-eaten marlos drenched with slimy slugs.

In the city away from the corn plantations it is called in another way. The Chucho or the chucho of cold, because the presence of the soul in pain of the chupa choclos gives it a chill that the people feel when approaching, when feeling this sensation the people shouts strongly the sucks choclo! Others shout the pooch, repeated several times to warn the population.

fuente: http://infinitaspalabrasmisteriosas.blogspot.com.ar/2013/11/la-historia-verdadera-del-ropavejero-u.html Fuente: https://realacademiadecienciasdeluruguay.wordpress.com/chupachoclos/ José Luis Corrientes Argentina