January 17, 2013

Caribbean demon

La Diablesse and the Baby
by Richardo Keens-Douglas

La Diablesse is a woman with one human foot and one cow foot. She likes to take people's souls and kidnap babies. In this Caribbean folktale, the grandmother of author Richardo Keens-Douglas manages to outwit La Diablesse.

Mysterious, certainly, though not very frightening. More background would have been nice; I was left wondering why La Diablesse has a hoof and what she does with the children she manages to take away. Still, kids may find it intriguing as it is certainly unique and different from many other tales.

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