Boogeymen Wiki
Advertisement
Cucuy
Cucuy
Background
Purpose To encourage good behavior
Country Mexico

El Cucuy, also known as El Coco for short, is a monster from Mexican urban legend. He is the Mexican boogeyman.

Origin[]

Cucuy is a monster who exists to enforce taboos and ensure that children sleep when told, for should children disobey orders to sleep coco is said to hunt them down and may inflict a number of gruesome punishments upon them, depending on the story. Usually, he is said to eat the children or spirit them away, never to be seen again. Cocuy may also emerge as a female, known as "la Coca", the two beings are seen as extensions of the same monster and as such the Coca is little more than Coco taking a female guise and vice versa, both share the exact same motives and terrible behaviors. While a force of punishment, Cucuy is also an opportunist and is said to outright kidnap and devour any disobedient child he can find, this is seen as further proof that children should mind their manners and always obey their elders, in case a lurking Coco happens upon the misbehaving and captures them for a nightmarish fate.

Advertisement