Religion, Myths and Mythology on the Big Island of Chiloé, Chile

I have chosen to introduce a mythological religious art piece of the Big Island of Chiloé, located in the centre-souther region of Chile, South America.

The local myths at the Chiloé Island in Chile can be traced back to the time in which ancient religions from the original the legends and beliefs of the people of the island (Chonos and Huilliches) met with the Conqueror's culture and religion, which is that of the Spaniards of 1567, when they landed on Chiloé.
Many writers and journalists describe the Great Island of Chiloé as a land of enchantment and magic, not only because of the amazing scenario that resembles an “English fairy tale”, but also because while this is the ground foundation to an extraordinary mystical, religious and cultural experience, at the same time the islands’ maginificent and interesting culture and art sustains and enhances the experience of the island.
Instead of a removal of a set of beliefs by the conquerors when they arrived in the island, syncretism took place, which is a process in which both of these cultures, religions and beliefs fused, creating a combination of myths, religions and beliefs into a greater group that contains and accounts new meanings to ancient beings and forms.
The “Trauco” (seen in the image above) is an example of the residue of this syncretism that took place. Trauco is a mythological religious being. He is depicted as an evil dwarf, using his small body as a negative characteristic, as well as his ugly face. This being was known to empragnate women when caught alone in the forests. These children would then become bearers of evil, and this family would then have to always praise the Gods for forgiveness and blessings to their child. This could be, perhaps, connected somewhat to the sexual lust that exists between people, which can be linked to Christianity, or in this case to the local religion and myths of the island. As described in the interview with Mr. Eric Br
One of the reasons for this syncretism of cultures and how it prospered in this particular form is the fact that Chiloe was isolated from the mainland for the greater part of its history until recent times.
Chiloe's particular group of beliefs stands upon the designation of several gods of different ranges.
The highest god-like power corresponded to “Tenten Vilu” and “Caicai Vilu” who, as the legend tells, were the ones to create the Island during a legendary struggle. “Millalobo” was the king of the seas, and next to him was always his wife “Huenchula” and his three sons, “Pincoy” prince of the oceans, “Pincoya” the mermaid and princess of the seas. Under the "royal ocean family" there are other mythological beings.
To conclude, an interesting fact about the mythical and the religious in the Big Island of Chiloe is that terrestrial creatures do not obey a hierarchical order. However, there are some mortals to whom magical powers are attributed, such as witches etc. Witches have the ability to fly and have several other creatures under their command.