#atozchallenge – J is for the Jumbee Ole Higue, shedding her skin

She sheds her skin, blazing to her victims in a ball of flame.

The jumbee are the evil spirits of the Caribbean and the West Indies. Most notorious among them is the Ole Higue, an evil hag. During day, she’s just an old lady who keeps to herself in the villages of Guyana. At night, she removes her skin, taking to the skies as a ball of flame. Seeking helpless victims, she creeps into houses through cracks and keyholes. Like a vampire, blood is the sustenance she seeks, and her favorite victims are children and babies.

You may be able to stop her if you leave your key in your lock – some lucky folk have even managed to crush these spirits with keys, just as the Ole Higue entered the keyhole. A much harder way is to find her hidden skin and stuff it with hot peppers.

Perhaps, if you simply leave your key in your lock and keep close watch over your young, you can avoid the cruelty of these jumbee hags.


Image – Sketch of an Ole-Higue, Unknown Artist.