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Bicho-Papão

by Micha F. Lindemans
In Brazilian folklore, a man-animal which appears to devour the children when they do not eat rightly or disobey their parents. This type of being or tale is frequently used by parents to frighten their children.

It is originally a character from Portuguese folklore, brought to Brazil by the Portuguese colonists.

Papão is derived from the verb papar, "eat", which is mostly used in conversations with children.


Article details:

  • Etymology:
    animal that eats

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