Some of the ghosts, cryptids, gnomes, demons, and other Spiritual entities from the folklore of the Caribbean

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A duende is a creature somewhat like an spirit/elf from Iberian & Latin American folklore.

They are a major part of the folklore in Cuba, Dominican Republic, & Puerto Rico.

Some say they are mischievous spirits inhabiting a house or forest.

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The Güije, also known as Jigüe or Chichiricú, is a type of duende found in Cuba. It is said to inhabit rivers and ponds, and appear at night to scare travelers. They are always naked or covered with vines. They inhabit rivers and ponds, and are said to have grotesque features.
A Ciguapa is a creature of Dominican folklore. They are commonly described as having beautiful human female forms with brown or blue skin, backward facing feet, and very long manes of smooth, glossy hair that covers their bodies. They supposedly inhabit the high mountains.
Legend of the Chupacabra started in Puerto Rico. The name means "Goat-sucker" and it comes from the animal's habit of attacking & drinking the blood of livestock, like goats. It's looks vary depending on the sighting.

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The Douen is an entity from Trinidadian folklore. Their feet are said to be backwards, and they can call to children in a parent's voice & try to lure them into the forest. They wear a big straw hat to hide the fact that they have no face except for a small mouth to speak with.
Duppies & jumbies are usually characterized as ghosts or spirits in the folklore of the English-speaking West Indies/Caribbean. Different cultures have different concepts of jumbees & duppy. They are usually malevolent entities and they are said to mostly come out at night.
There are ways to avoid or escape Jumbie encounters, like:

If a pair of shoes is left outside the front door of a house, jumbies (who have either no feet at all, or backwards feet) will spend the entire night trying & failing to put on the shoes, rather than entering the house.
An Asema is a kind of vampire from Surinamese folklore. It is said to be a witch who lives among people during the day as an elderly man or woman. At night, the Asema takes off their skin and turns into a blue or red ball of light to fly while feeding on someone's blood or energy
La Gárgola is a an entity from Puerto Rico, first described in 2018. It reportedly killed several chickens & roosters in the town of Barceloneta. One resident described it as a “bodybuilder in animal form.” Others say the gárgola is a red-eyed demon with 4-foot-long wings.
At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a train accident in the Guajataca tunnel in Puerto Rico, in which dozens died. To this day, there are people who claim that the spirits of the victims appear and that they hear voices inside the tunnel...
The Guajataca tunnel in Puerto Rico is also home to a dama de blanco, a ghost woman dressed in white, and supposedly, she has ridden in several passerby's cars.

Also, in La Trumpeta there is talk of a woman who asks to be transported to the Buxeda cemetery...then she disappears
The soucouyant is a shapeshifting Caribbean entity who appears as an old woman by day. By night, she strips off her wrinkled skin & becomes a fireball that flies across the sky in search of victims. The soucouyant can enter the home of her victim through any sized hole...
... Soucouyants suck people's blood from their arms and legs while they sleep leaving marks on the body. If the soucouyant draws too much blood, it is believed that the victim will either die & become a soucouyant or perish entirely, leaving their killer to assume their skin.
The Bacá is a creature from Dominican folklore that people conjure up to get wealth and property. It can take the form of a dog, bull or other animal. Once conjured this it becomes very demanding and requires sacrifice. Some say it is like making a pact with the devil himself.
The Loogaroo is an entity found in French Caribbean and Haitian folklore. She is an old woman who is said to be in league with The Devil. She will have magical abilities only if she gives the Devil blood. She can leave her own skin and turn into a flame or ball of light.
The Ole-Higue (also Ole Haig) of Guyana and Jamaica is a witch woman who sucks the blood of unsuspecting victims as they sleep. Her favourite victims are young children and babies. To enter the home she shrinks herself and enters through the keyhole. She can also remove her skin.
Skunk Ape:

The skunk ape is a humanoid creature said to inhabit the Southern USA, although reports from Florida are most common. It is named for it’s unpleasant odor. The skunk ape is reported to resemble the Sasquatch, but is typically shorter in comparison.
Sisimito:

The Sisimito/Sisimete or Itacayo is a bipedal upright ape-like creature that possesses a head much like a human's with long hair or fur covering its body with backward-facing feet with no knees. It is from Mexico and Central America, especially on the coasts
The Comecogollos is the name applied to the fabled bipedal Puerto Rican primates similar to Bigfoot that are known to destroy guinea (a small, sweet type of banana) crops by devouring the top portion of the tree.

This fabled cryptid is known to few outside Puerto Rico
Los desmembrados is a legend that originated in Lajas, a municipality in Puerto Rico, where residents have witnessed incomplete bodies wandering around a specific road, PR-116. They are torsos without limbs, bodies from the waist down, even lone legs trudging along the road.
Zombies (zombi/zonbi) are featured widely in Haitian rural folklore as dead persons physically revived by the act of necromancy of a bokor, a sorcerer or witch. A zombie remains under their control, having no will of its own.
Metminwi is from Haitian folklore, it is a two story tall, thin man that would walk around at night looking for people to scoop up and take away forever. His name is a contraction of the French maître (master) and minuit (midnight).
Galipotes are men who can become animals from Dominican folklore. Galipote can also become inanimate objects, like tree trunks. They can also make animals do their wishes.

According to the belief, galipotes are cruel and violent. They are very strong. Bullets do not hurt them...
...The Dominican folkloric being known as the Galipote is also known as El Lugaru or El Zangano. It is said that this being sucks the blood of the children during the nights. The only way to kill one of these beings is to get a branch and make a palo de cruz on Good Friday.
The Cow foot lady (St. Thomas) or Goat foot woman (St. Croix) of the Virgin Islands is either a woman that has cow-feet and gets on taxis in St. Thomas, or a malevolent woman that is half woman and half goat that lived up in the hills of St. Croix.
La Jupia is a spirit from Dominican folklore who hides in daylight eating guavas and appears after dark in the form of a human. She resembles a human in all ways with one exception; it does not have a navel. Many men have fallen for these spirits and made love to them unknowingly
Moca is famous in Puerto Rico for El Vampiro de Moca. El vampiro de Moca was believed to exist because cows were found dead after they had what appeared to be fang holes on their necks. Not only did cows appear with this phenomenon but also sheep and goats.
The River Maiden/Mumma is a dominant figure in Jamaica’s folklore, she is both sacred and feared. According to legend, she lives at the fountainhead of large water sources in Jamaica and is usually seen sitting on top a rock, combing her long black tresses with a golden comb.
In Bahamanian folklore, the Lusca is a sea monster said to exist in the region. Many reports of the creature are from the blue holes, off Andros. It is sometimes described as half shark, half octopus; and occasionally it is described as a half octopus and half beautiful woman.
In Haiti and the French Caribbean, Dames Blanches (meaning literally white ladies) are female spirits or supernatural beings They lurk in narrow places such as ravines, fords, and on bridges, and try to attract passerby attention.
This story of la tía loca is common in the schools of Cuba. It is about a cleaning assistant who went crazy & hanged her son in the bathroom with a coat rack & then threw herself off the balcony.

According to the story, at night you can hear the cry of the child and his mother.
La Sayona is a legend from Venezuela, she is the vengeful spirit of a woman that shows up only to men that have affairs outside of their marriages. She is said to wear a white dress, and when she appears she asks for a cigarette or a ride, and she is said to have malformed teeth
Ñangajúa is the Cuban variant of the myth of the witch Baba Yaga, the witch who eats children.

This story is mainly heard in the eastern part of the country.

Supposedly she eats people and her main and favorite dish is children.
The Luz de Yara is, according to this legend, the soul of Chief Hatuey, or that of a lover who hugged him at the time he was burned, and can be seen in Yara, Cuba and acquires luminous shapes of different sizes, which has been observed by travelers without causing them any harm.
The Yeho is a cryptid reportedly found in the Bahamas. They are variably described as monkey to bear sized and hairy, with backwards-facing feet. They walk upright and can reproduce with human women, live in the woods and cry "yeho!", or live in caves and only come out at night.
La Diablesse is a being in Caribbean folklore. She was born as a human, but her deals with the devil turned her into a demon

Her poise, figure & dress make her seem beautiful. However, her hideous face is hidden by a large hat, and her dress hides the that one leg ends in a hoof
In Latin American folklore, legend has it that at night the ghost of a headless priest appears out of nowhere, causing great terror and panic among people. Some say that he was unjustly killed, others say he is eternally punished for some horrible sin.
There have been stories of a ghostly specter roaming the areas of Boca Catalina and Malmok in the island of Aruba. People have said that sometimes they can feel a malevolent force and sometimes see something out of the corner of their eye. It's known as The Poltergeist in Malmok.
Florida Men are entities from the US state of Florida, several unusual or strange crimes or events occurring in Florida have been tied to them. It calls to attention Florida's supposed notoriety for strange and unusual events.
The Madre de aguas is a creature from Cuban folklore

It is a giant snake with the thickness of a palm tree.

It is said that it inhabits rivers and lakes, which never dry out while it lives there. It lives for hundreds of years, and anyone who tries to kill or capture it dies.
In Haitian folklore, spirits known locally as Jé-rouge can possess the bodies of unwitting persons and nightly transform them into cannibalistic lupine creatures.

Many Haitians believe that they trick sleepy mothers into giving up their children to them.
Around 1815, in Venezuela, the people of the time witnessed how a woman turned into a mule from the waist up after she denied her mother a plate of food. After that day, the mule woman appears praying in the church of Las Mercedes, covering her punishment with a large white cloak
Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo is a historic lighthouse located in the municipality of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

There are rumors that it is haunted.
One of the most feared duppies in Jamaica is the Rolling-Calf. It has a habit of walking through towns at night. It is a shapeshifter that most often chooses to look like a hornless goat. From this collar, a chain drags on the ground, rattling ominously.
The Heartman appears Barbados’ folklore as a man who carves peoples hearts out and gives them to the devil, some claim he has no heart of his own and this is why he takes people’s hearts.
Los Menos are beings from Dominican folklore, They are known to play with crickets and torture butterflies, and enjoy dancing in moonlight

They are known to take children that are not baptized. They will take the child deep into the mountains and turn this child into one of them

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