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by Rafaela Tavares Kawasaki
This name comes from "tupi": curu, boy, and pira, body. The Curupira is a spirit of nature and protector of the forests. It is a boy with red hairs who makes the men who wants to kill the animals confused and lost, because they follow the Caipora's footprints, but his feet are turned backwards, which means that the hunters are thinking that they are going to the place where he is going, but in fact are going to the place where he came from.

It is said to be the first Brazilian legend, being told by José de Anchieta when he wrote about Indians fears.

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