August 2015

What is the Rougarou?


Before we get too far into an explanation let’s first say it correctly, the proper pronunciation is, “Roo-Ga-Roo.” The Rougarou, or as others may say, Loup garou, is a bayou-dwelling werewolf. The legend is believed to have originated from French Canadian immigrants in the late 1700’s. There are hundreds of light hearted tales of this creature but they are far from the tales told around the time of the legend’s conception. Originally, elders would tell the story to children to inspire fear and make them behave. Another commonly accepted reason, was Catholics were told the story and were warned that the Rougarou hunted those who broke lent. Today, the legend of the Rougarou is known by many and is an important part of Louisiana history. But beware, it is also the name of our primitive island here at Swamp Base…

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