Kuarahy Jára is humanoid beast in Guarani Folklore...
Pombéro is ugly, hairy dwarf or spirit with hairy hands and feet...
He was also killed by Porâsy, but similar dwarves are still told about in Guarani stories today, usually by the name Pombéro.
The legend, along with other mythological figures from the Guaraní, is an important part of the culture in the region spanning from northeast Argentina northward through the whole of Paraguay and southern Brazil.
Pombero's original name in the Guaraní language is Kuarahy Jára, literally "Owner of the Sun", though he is said to be a primarily nocturnal creature...
He is also often described as wearing a large hat and carrying a knapsack over his shoulder.
It is also said that the Pombero generally dwells in rural areas, living in the forest, although he will sometimes choose to inhabit an abandoned house...
Among his favourite activities are setting loose cattle, stealing eggs, chicken and honey, frightening horses and causing them to throw their riders off, as well as scattering corn, rice, or other provisions...
As a forest dweller, the Pombero is said to be able to imitate the sounds of various forest creatures.
Most specifically it is believed that the Pombero can imitate birdsong, especially those of a nocturnal variety, and as such is viewed as something of a protector of the birds.
One common aspect of the legends among various Guaraní based societies is that the Pombero protects the birds from children who hunt them with slingshots.
Many witnesses of the Pombero say that before he appears he whistles.
Most are so frightened of gathering his wrath that they never whistle again.
The Pombero is difficult, if not impossible, to detect due to his silent movements as well as other supernatural abilities, such as being able to turn invisible, squeeze through impossibly narrow spaces, or other such feats.
It is said that one can keep the Pombero from engaging in such mischief by leaving gifts out for him, most specifically cigars and rum, though honey is also an acceptable offering.
Thus appeased, the Pombero will abstain from wreaking havoc upon one's home and possessions.
In some areas it is believed that repeated giving of these gifts can cause the Pombero to become friendly, to the point where he will guard over one's home, animals, and possessions, and sometimes even leave gifts in return.
This Pombéro is less evil than the original Kurupi-- he is more of a mischief-maker than a monster, and may even help humans who leave gifts for him-- but women and girls still need to be careful not to get touched by this being...
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