Duppytober: Ol’ Higue
Jamaica has some interesting and strange myths and legends. In the busyness of modern life, and with all the influences of other countries, sometimes we forget these aspects of our culture. So, instead of Halloween, let’s make October Duppytober and remember some of interesting Jamaican duppy tales and scary creatures.
There are many myths about vampires the world over. For us here in Jamaica, the closest we come to vampires is the wicked Ol’ Higue.
Ol’ Higue doesn’t feed on the blood of her victims. This entity would suck on the breath of those she targeted while they slept, thinking they were safe in their beds. An Ol’ Higue is particularly dangerous to babies.
What is an Ol’ Higue?
She is a witch who sheds her skin at night and takes the form of an owl. Her ability to shed her skin however, is also her greatest weakness. To get rid of her, one just needs to put some salt and pepper in her skin; it will burn her when she tries to get back in. Without her skin, she can be destroyed. It would be difficult to find her skin though we imagine!
Without her skin, she can be killed.