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The güije or jigüe is a little person reported from eastern Cuba. They are said to be half-monkey, half-human creatures 3' high, with black skin, large flattened heads, long beards, big bellies, "breastlike" navels, powerful claws, and short feet. They live around ponds and only come out at night, and are supposed to be extremely strong.
They bear some resemblance to the yehos reported from the same region, which Dale A. Drinnon suggested are surviving Caribbean ground sloths, which were, on the whole, smaller than the mainland species.
Notes and references
- Bachiller y Morales, Antonio "Jigues: Tradicion Cubana," Archivos del Folklore Cuba 1 (2) (1926)