In the South-East and especially in Provence, there is a profusion of more or less worrying legends which often involve legendary animals. Ghouls, dragons, giant beasts devouring children ... It is better to stay locked at home at night in the scrubland if you do not want to cross the black washerwomen.
1. The legend of Coulobre
This legend was born in the village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. It is said that a hideous creature of the demon-dragon type lives in the Sorgue, the neighboring river. She would remain hidden during the day to go out to feed at night and terrorize the populations. This creature, the Coulobre, would have sought to find a husband to help her raise her child. It is a hermit, a named Veran, who would have put an end to the days of Coulobre thanks to a learned sign of the cross. TodayAgain, the unexplained disappearances of young men in the region are sometimes attributed to Coulobre.
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2. La Tarasque
On the banks of the Rhône, not far from Tarascon, a beast, the Tarasque, is said to be rife with the ability to capsizeships between Arles and Avignon. Half lion, half fish, this kind of chimera has a turtle shell and scales, as well as a tail similar to that of a scorpion. It seems that a young girl of good will managed to gun her down with a lot of holy water.
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3. The Lou Garagaï
This king of the chasms would have taken up his quarters in the Sainte-Victoire cave, near Aix. You could hear his howls in the weather You can imagine where the howls are coming from.
4. The Drape
This huge white horse would drag around the town of Aigues-Mortes at nightfall. It would take with it little vagabond children who would never come back. This Drape was actually invented for appeal to mothers to be vigilant, so that they do not let the children go out at night.
5. The Drac
This typical demon from the south is arguably the most famous legendary animal in the area. Able to change his appearance to deceive his victims, he would naturally become a kind of dreadful and dreadful dragon. Disguised as a lamb or a rabbit, he would approach the washerwomen to remove them and force them to breastfeed his countless children who are only weaned at the age of 7. Brrr.
6. The Beast of Pignans
The town of Pignans, in the Var, has housed its own magical creature: a sort of huge puma which, in the mid-1960s, devastated flocks of sheep . Until 1987, the beast was accused of deaths on farms. In reality,specialists agree that it was surely a large dog native to Africa close to the hyena, the wild dog, stranded in the Var following the carelessness of an owner.
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7. The washerwomen at night
Near the wash houses and dead water, it is not good at night, to cross the path of the washerwomen at night. These ethereal ghosts which manifest their presence with the help of songs and beatings distributed on the linen announce the imminent death of those who meet them. They are assimilated to witches who, buried in a dirty shroud because of their ungodly life, return at night to wash it.
8. Le Babau
On June 2, 1290, the village of Rivesaltes was awakened in the middle of the night by a din from all the devils: a huge beast, a cross between an iguana and a dragon, entered through the hole in the wallss dug to dispose of waste and grabbed several children and took them to eat. Asked about the appearance of the beast by the mayor of the city, a walker is so shocked that he stutters: ba ba ... The name is all found. The Babau will be defeated a few days later, but its legend remains. A song is dedicated to him: "The Babau is in the city, the Babau is not nice, the Babau is very bad because he eats the children. "
9. The Roumèque des Cevennes
This black creature attacks evil children. To make her come, you have to sing a phrase: "Patapim patapam" and here is the Roumèque which arrives in different forms (dragon, bat, toothless old woman…). The Roumèque is convenient: she lives near torrents, cliffs, wells, in short all the places where children are not allowed to go.
10. The dragon de Draguignan
The town's name has nothing to do with any dragon, but comes from a local owner called Draconium. That said, the locals couldn't help but invent their dragon legend on their own for good measure. It is said, therefore, that a dragon had lived for a long time in the Nartuby gorges and, when there was a flood, he escaped because he could not swim. It was then that he would have started devouring pilgrims before being defeated by the local abbot. In short, it is better not to go through Draguignan when you go on a pilgrimage to the piles of Lerins.
Credits photo ( CC BY-SA 3.0 ): Greudin
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Sources: Legendes provençales , L'Express