Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mardi Gras and the Rougarou Connection

Happy Mardi Gras! My husband and his family are from New Orleans so, even though we live in the snowy north, we try to celebrate Fat Tuesday at least for a little bit. This brings me to the connection between Mardi Gras and the rougarou.

You've never heard of the rougarou? Well, in the bayous of Louisianna is a tale of a werewolf-like creature that will come after you if you're out too late. It's believed that the name rougarou is a derivation of the French name for a werewolf which is loup garou.

You're wondering how I'm going to tie this to Mardi Gras, aren't you? I've read that some people believed that if you didn't practice the Catholic traditions of Lent for seven years in a row, you would automatically turn into a rougarou. So, celebrate Mardi Gras with wild abandon tonight, but don't forget to give up your heathen ways come tomorrow.

I suggest you keep all this in mind while drinking some Rougaroux Rum.

Made by Donner-Peltier Distillers, the rum varieties are Full Moon Dark Rum, Sugarshine, and Rougaroux 13 Pennies. Legend has it that 13 pennies on your doorstep will keep the rougarou away.

If you need more rougarou in your life, I found a trio of suspenseful and spooky novels by Judith Ann McDowell called Rougarou. Goodreads gave it a fairly good review. It's going onto my reading list.

Finally, if you like to cuddle with monsters, may I suggest a stuffed rougarou?

Baby Werewolf from GakmanCreatures
Rougarou by BebsCajunDollHouse

Laissez le bon temps rouler! (while you can.)

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