Angel Pacheco he is afraid. He hasn’t slept in days and barely eats. At night she locks herself in her house. The reason for her discomfort is simple: according to her, days ago he met the mythical Ucumar in the mountains of Salta.
“He was about 1.80 m tall, robust, very hairy and with red, red eyes”said to TN the former boxer and agricultural producer about the creature that he shined a flashlight that night.
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How was Pacheco’s meeting with Ucumar
Pacheco remembers it like it was yesterday. It was the night of April 12, around 9:30 p.m., “a quiet night.” The man, a fanatical fan of Boca, had finished listening to the match of the xeneize team against Always Ready for the Copa Libertadores on the radio when his dogs began to bark.
The 52-year-old man, who lives by raising pigs and chickens and by planting corn and beans on his farm in San José de Metán, thought it could be a thief or an animal that was prowling there.
He went out with a flashlight and his dogs, but the dogs “were scared and came back immediately.” Then, what until then was only a legend for him became reality. There, standing in front of him, a few 25 metroswas “the thing”. The Ucumar stared at him with his disturbing eyes, crossed the road and went inside the mountain.
“The Ucumar exists”
Pacheco swears it wasn’t a hallucination. “The Ucumar exists. She had heard stories, she didn’t believe in that, but that day I saw it with my eyes. Many things crossed my mind. I went inside, I closed the doors, I was afraid”was honest in dialogue with TN.
That terror persists. Since then, Pacheco no longer stays to sleep on the farm, which belongs to the wife’s family and is located about 10 km from the city. “I come to Metán at 6:30 p.m., I don’t want to be there at night anymore,” she said.
As he said, he already went to the doctor and “you are about to see a psychologist” because the encounter with the Andean cousin of the Yeti caused him many disorders and affected his social life. “I haven’t slept for days, I haven’t eaten. At night I lock myself in my house, in my room and I don’t come out until the next day”Held.
“When people come to my house, I don’t want to be disturbed. I feel bad if my friends come, I don’t even want to play football. I just want to be calm,” he stated.
After this nightmare, Pacheco revealed that there is something that could help restore his peace and joy: “I dream of knowing the Boca field”.
What is the Ucumar, the “bear man” of northern Argentina
The Ucumarsometimes known as Ucumari, Jucumari or Ucumare, is a mythical wild animal with slight humanoid features, very large hands and feet and a body entirely covered with hair.
Your name means “bear” in Aymara y en quechua and its legend is limited to the scope of South America, especially northern Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. The Ucumar would be linked to ancient Peruvian myths.
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in his book Supernatural beings of Argentine popular culture, Adolfo Colombres describes it as follows: “Is he bear manwho is represented in different degrees of hybridization: from a short, ugly and hairy bear, with slight humanoid features, to a bestial man, totally covered with hair, long beard and narrow forehead..
“The Ucumar lives in caves, at the bottom of ravines, but it prowls the rivers and slopes, bathing in them: it is therefore easy to find its footprints there, similar to those of a bear. According to some versions, in addition to being strong, he is agile, so he can climb the tallest trees. They say that it kidnaps women and children and usually appears unexpectedly, “terrifying whoever sees it.”
Some authors think that the spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornaments) that inhabits the Andean humid forests could have been the inspiration for this particular mythological being.