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El Cipitío

The son of Sihuet (La Siguanaba), El Cipitío, is a very popular character in Salvadoran legends.  Originally called “Cipit,” El Cipitio got his name from a Nahuatl word, "Cipote,” a word used for children in El Salvador.  El Cipitio was the illegitimate son of Sihuet and her lover.  As a punishment for her infidelity to the god Tlaloc, he cursed both mother and child.  The mother was condemned to wander the fields as “La Siguanaba” and the boy was sentenced to eternal youth; he is always depicted as a boy of ten or eleven years old.
 
Despite being the son of gods, El Citipio dresses like an underprivileged child; he wears a large straw hat and a blanket over his shoulders that never quite covers his big belly.  His feet are twisted backwards so that if villagers try to follow his footprints, they will walk in the wrong direction.  He is sometimes said to have the power to teleport himself from place to place as well.  

According to some legends, Cipitío whistles and throws pebbles and flowers at beautiful girls that go alone to wash clothes in the rivers.  While some may find this annoying, many young girls are flattered that Cipitio has singled them out since he only bothers the most beautiful girls.  It is rumored that when Citipio is particularly annoying to a young woman, the best solution is to eat in front of the toilet bowl.  This disgusts Cipitio so much that he no longer finds her attractive and leaves her alone.

The legend of Cipitio has evolved from generation to generation, adapting many different elements from all over El Salvador.  In general, Cipitio is portrayed as a harmless yet obnoxious troublemaker.  He plays tricks, makes jokes and laughs at his victims.  El Cipitío eats bananas and the remaining ashes from rural kitchens; often villagers blame Cipitio when they wake up and find messes in their kitchens.  

Ask about Cipitio and many Salvadorans will be able to tell you their own personal version of the legend.  He is a well-known character in Salvadoran culture!