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Running with the Rougarou: Deep in the Louisiana swamp, when the sun goes down, a legend emerges

By NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

There are many strange and mysterious things to be found in the swamps of Louisiana, but few are stranger or more mysterious than the Rougarou. Over the centuries, the tale of the legendary Cajun werewolf has been the source of nightmares for countless children. More recently, it has inspired everything from a festival to a brand of rum -- and has even earned a mention in the "Harry Potter" universe. But what, exactly, is a Rougarou? And where did the legend get its start? We track down a folklorist as we delve into the world of Cajun cryptozoology. Many thanks to Nick Spitzer for sharing his interview with Ivy Billiot with us. Also used in this episode is a clip from the 1972 film Moon of the Wolf. A special thank you to the following musicians, whose songs are featured on this episode: Aakash Gandhi, "Forest of Fear" Density & Time, "Again" Dan Bodan, "Animaux Obscènes" & "Neither Sweat Nor Tears" Jingle Punks, "Back of the Room Hang" Wayne Jones, "Connection" Silent Partner, "Court and Page" & "Mast" The Whole Other, "Ether Oar"

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