The Floating Cadejo

An uncle of mine told me this story several years ago.  He claimed this happened in the late 70’s in McAllen, Texas near the location of where the current McAllen Medical Center hospital stands.  Back then the place was mostly fields with not many businesses around.  My uncle was not the type of person to experiment with drugs or psychedelics even in the 70’s which is why I believed him when he relayed this story to me.  That, along with the genuine fear and concern in his voice when I heard him tell the story is why I believe him.

So, one late evening he’s walking along a corn field while attempting to hitchhike back home to Donna, Texas from a dance he had previously attended near Mission, Texas.  He had already hiked several miles and wound up near the location of this incident.  As he was walking along the field, he sees a huge black dog hovering above the corn field keeping pace with him.  One thing that always sticks out for me was the way he described the creature’s eyes.  “Two huge burning red eyes the size of large grapefruits.”

Still hoping for a car to pick him up, he notices the creature gazing at him and decides to walk faster, but unfortunately, so does the creature.  At this point he starts to full on sprint and the thing continues to keep pace with him all while floating creepily at least a foot above the corn field.  At this point, he is absolutely terrified and convinced this thing is going to try to harm him.  Luckily for him, a car pulls over in the nick of time and offers him a ride home.

After doing some research, he may have witnessed what many people have described as a “cadejo”, which according to Wikipedia, “is a supernatural character from Central American and southern Mexican folklore. There is a good white cadejo and an evil black cadejo.”

In other cultures, it is known as a “hellhound” or “black Shuck” and has often been recognized as a harbinger for death.  However, according to the website http://hispanic-culture-online.com/el-cadejo-legend-central-america.html, they claim that “Given the Cadejo’s choice of “victim,” one of the most common explanations is that the legend serves a morality tale, discouraging heavy drinking and staying out late.”  Only this was no tale.

-Jon

How many of you have ever heard of or seen something like this before?  Leave us a comment below.

2 thoughts on “The Floating Cadejo”

  1. My fiance was hunting out in the Monte and had a similar experience, when I showed him the photos used in this article, he reeled back in fear and practically slapped the phone out of my hand. Apparently it was a cadejo too.

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