Caleuche, Caleuche name, meaning of Caleuche
Information about the name Caleuche
- Etymology of the name Caleuche.
- History of the name Caleuche.
- Pronunciation of the name Caleuche.
Origin and meaning of the name Caleuche
It derives from the Mapuche words “kalewtun” (transform, exchange) and “che” (people).
Ghost ship that sails along the coasts of southern Chile, especially on the island of Chiloé. According to legend, the Caleuche is inhabited by witches and spirits of the sea, who manage it with great skill and accompany it with music and light. It is also known as the Sailor, the Ship of Art, the Ship of the Witches, the Ghost Ship, the Ship of Magic, the Ship of Fire or Barcoiche.
The Caleuche can only be seen at night, when it appears in the fog or transforms into other things to escape prying eyes.
Some people say that the Caleuche offers them gifts or shows them underwater cities, but others say that if they refuse to go up it, it punishes them or takes their lives.
The origin of this legend is not clear, but it is believed to have influences from various cultures and traditions, such as the Mapuches, the Spanish, the Africans and the Europeans.
The Caleuche is a symbol of Chilean identity and folklore, and has inspired many works of art, literature and cinema.