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The Rugaru (alternately spelled as Roux-Ga-Roux, Rugaroo, or Rougarou), is a legendary creature that seems to be most closely linked to Laurentian French communities as a combination of Native American traditions of the wendigo with European notions of the werewolf. In fact, the word Rugaru is a variation of standard French loup-garou "werewolf". The Rugaru legend is also associated with the swamplands of the southeastern United States, especially in the vicinity of New Orleans, where it is usually translated into English as "swamp ape".[edit]

Other versions of the Rugaru legend

The tales of a creature known as Roux-Ga-Roux are, most probably, an adaptation of the Rugaru legend. The Roux-Ga-Roux is a fanciful creature that is said to prowl the swamps around New Orleans and other parts of the southeastern United States. According to stories told of the creature, if a person sees a Roux-Ga-Roux, that person will be transformed into a Roux-Ga-Roux. Thereafter, the unfortunate victim will be doomed to wander the swamps in the form of this monster.
The Roux-Ga-Roux story bears some resemblance to a version of the wendigo legend related in a short story by Algernon Blackwood. In Blackwood's fictional adaptation of the legend, seeing a wendigo causes one to turn into a wendigo, (this is a concept that is not in the original Wendigo legends). Wendigo stories vary by tribe and region, but the cause of the change is typically related to cannibalism.
As the story of the Roux-Ga-Roux is not widely known or reported, there is the possibility that the tale was simply created by tour guides for the purposes of entertaining tourists.
Another version of the legend, wherein the name of the creature is commonly spelled Rugaroo, relates that the beast is similar to a wolf and will hunt down and kill Catholics that do not follow the rules of Lent. This might be somewhat related to some traditions (such as the Quebec version of the loup-garou), where the method for turning into a werewolf is to break Lent 7 years in a row.
The Rougarou spelling of the creature's name is associated with a Cajun legend of a blood sucking werewolf that is created by witches.[edit]

Other notes

The legend of the Roux-Ga-Roux is an example of the motif of harmful sensation.
The Louisiana State University Cajun-French Glossary defines Rougarou as a variant of loup garou.[edit]

Cultural Influences

The Rugaru has been portrayed in Marvel Comics as a legendary creature of the New Orleans swamp, being "half-man, half-alligator, half-Cajun werewolf".
Rugaroo, Savage Spirit is a novel by John S. Myerchin.
Rugaru is a song written and performed by the band Oneida.


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