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Saturday, October 22, 2011

El Cucuy Blog Hop

Welcome to el Cucuy Blog Hop which is hosted by Yolie, but it starts with Celeste
Hope you just arrived from Erika's Blog . If you did, you are in the right place, if not please start with Celeste.

What is el Cucuy?
Well it is a long story  --legend that dates back many years..... It originates from "coco" to mean head in coloquial speech. In some Hispanic cultures sometimes we say in Spanish, "me duele el coco" or my head hurts. Other variations in other Hispanic countries include Cuco or Cuca.....

Parents sing lullabies or tell rhymes to the children warning them that if they don't sleep, el Coco will come and get them. The oldest known rhyme, which originated in the 17th century, is in the "Auto de los desposorios de la Virgen" by Juan Caxés.
The rhyme has evolved over the years, but still retains its original meaning:
Duérmete niño, duérmete ya... Que viene el Coco y te comerá.
Which translates as:
Sleep child, sleep now... Or else the Coco will come and eat you.
During the Portuguese and Spanish colonization of Latin America, the legend of the Cuco was spread to countries such as Mexico, Argentina and Chile. In the Mexican-American community the creature is known as "El cucuy".  (wikipidia) 

My Mom used it often as a "if you don't obey, el Cucuy is going to get you...and to me, it meant a scary thing! even though el Cucuy has no shape or form!  (if you are from my generation, you know that parents did not know the true meaning or meant to really hurt you, it was just their way to get you to obey [by fear! lol]).
Did I like it as a child? NO!
Did I use it on or with my daughter? NO!  (I broke the cycle!)

My sisters and I today only make light of it, so I thought of creating something fun instead of scary --

(still having problems with camera-- will update pictures later in the day  --
The Camera and Photo Printer Gods were against me..... or maybe it's El Cucuy! LOL)
Pictures updated
With my sisters just having fun!

Now it's time to hop to the sweet Monica - http://simplycricutting.blogspot.com/

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