The Nalusa Falaya are a race of hominid or humanlike creatures in the folklore, legends, and traditions of the Choctaw Indians. In the Choctaw language, nalusa falaya literally means "long evil being". These creatures are described as having hairy, manlike bodies with wizened faces, small eyes, and pointed ears. The offspring of the Nalusa Falaya are said to be able to remove their skin, becoming glowing figures (perhaps a ball of light?) in the dark swamps, while the adults call eerily to unwary travelers in the darkness. It is said that seeing the Nalusa Falaya is so horrifying that any human that is unfortunate enough to encounter one of these creatures will faint from sheer fright. It is only then that the creature will venture close enough to inflict a dangerous torment.
While the human is unconscious, the creature will stab the victim with sharp spines. The Nalusa Falaya infuses some of its own evil with the victim, instilling within him a malevolence and aggression towards other people. When the victim returns home or to his camp, he will attack family and friends without knowing why.
In modern times, cryptozoologists compare the legends of the Nalusa Falaya with sightings of the Devil Monkey.
Rose, Carol. Giants, Monsters &
Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. New York: W. W.
Norton & Company, Inc. Copyright ©2000 by Carol Rose.
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