Patasola (literally means “a single foot” or “one foot”) pertains to a myth in South American folklore, about female monsters from the jungle.
The Patasola appears in the form of a beautiful and seductive woman, who lures a man away from his companions deep into the jungle. There, the Patasola reveals her true appearance as a one-legged creature with ferocious vampire-like lust for human flesh and blood!
The Patasola is usually regarded as protective of nature and the forest animals and unforgiving when humans enter their domains to alter or destroy them.
The Patasola’s most notable feature, from which her name derives, is her one leg. She is believed to possess only one leg, which terminates in a cleaved bovine-like hoof and moves in a plantigrade fashion. Despite only possessing one leg, the Patasola can move swiftly through the jungle. In her natural state, the Patasola has a terrifying appearance; she is described as possessing one breast, bulging eyes, catlike fangs, a hooked nose, big lips, and tangled hair. Not something you would want to come across while on a nature trip!
The Patasola’s origin story varies!
Some believe that she was a mother who killed her own son, and was then banished to the woods as punishment.
Others believe that the Patasola was a wicked temptress who was cruel to both men and women, and for this reason they mutilated her with an axe, chopping off one leg and throwing it into a fire.
In a third origin story, she was an unfaithful wife who cheated on her husband – upon discovering her infidelity, the jealous husband murdered both her and the lover. She died but her soul remains in a one-legged body.