Bestiary #022: This is Gonna Hurt

2015-11-24-Ao Ao ColorName(s): Ao Ao

Country of Origin: Paraguay (Guarani People)


A lot of learning about mythology is learning about how much we’ve lost. Some of this is because of conquering heroes. The Romans successively attacked the library of Alexandria till it was destroyed. Vikings sacked places of power such as monasteries and libraries. And monks had a merry old time burning any books by non-believers. The destruction of precious Mayan codices is documented by Bishop Diego de Landa, “We found a large number of books in these characters and, as they contained nothing in which were not to be seen as superstition and lies of the devil, we burned them all, which they regretted to an amazing degree, and which caused them much affliction.”

While forcible destruction of cultures past is abhorrent, what is much more prevalent are societies that never developed written language.

So it’s when a passionate person bothers to travel and collect oral records from descendents that we save a little that may have been lost. One such person is Narciso Colman. He traveled around Paraguay and collected stories from Guarani people. He then collected these stories and spun them into poems. He won the National Order of Merit for these efforts.

One of the many stories he shares is that of the Ao Ao.

It’s a sheep or peccary monster with large tusks. It’s one of the seven fearsome children of Tau and Kerana. Our Ao Ao ate humans exclusively, and would never allow a target to escape. The rare exception to this dogged pursuit was if you found a palm tree to climb up.


“Ao Ao”. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Web. 3 Mar. 2014.

“Narciso Ramon Colman (Rosicran)”. Portal Guarani. Portal Guarani. 14 May 2015. Web. 14 July 2015.

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