The appearance of a mysterious manly figure that changed lives for sacks of gold, some say that the identity behind El Charro Negro was Satan himself.
The legend of El Charro Negro is a classic of the Mexican Revolution, when the job of a miner was a prosperous job that could keep a large family, of course, in conditions of exploitation close to slavery. The protagonist of this legend was called Juan, an ambitious and pessimistic miner who regularly complained about his condition.
One day, at the end of his working day, he went to the nearest cantina and began to drink with his friends, after several drinks, in the heat of the night, Juan commented «Life is very unfair to us. I would give anything to be rich and powerful » then a tall Charro and dressed in black entered the cantina and approached Juan’s table and whispered in his ear” If you want, your wish may come true. ” When they heard it, Juan’s friends and others left.
The mysterious man told Juan that that same night he should go to the Coyote Cave, an old abandoned mine. Juan, emboldened by alcohol, nodded and headed to the mine. When he arrived, he waited a while but did not notice anything extraordinary, as soon as he decided to retire he discovered a hole in which there was a snake staring at him. Juan was impressed to see the enormous size of that animal, so he decided to take it home so he could sell it the next day. Upon arriving at his home, the man decided to lock the animal in an old dry hole and covered it with very heavy boards so that the snake would not escape.
When trying to fall asleep, the man had several visions and nightmares that he could not distinguish due to the large amounts of alcohol still circulating in his body; He dreamed that the snake he had captured spoke and said: «Thank you for giving me your home and accept that I enter in your souls. When you wake up you will find in your barn the payment for your soul. If you decide to accept it, you will have to give me your son.
Waking up in the morning, the man went to the barn, where he found among the corn some bags full of gold coins. The man was completely perplexed when his wife’s tears and cries brought him back to reality: his youngest son had disappeared, while his other son pointed to the hole. When Juan removed the boards, he found his little boy torn to pieces, with no trace of the snake.
The greed of the man helped the money distract him from the loss of his son, Juan bought some land and built a farm. Some years later, the snake returned to manifest itself in dreams and again made another proposal in exchange for his other son.
Because of the greed of the man, the money helped to distract him from the loss of his son, Juan bought some land and built a farm. Some years later, the snake returned to manifest itself in dreams and again made another proposal in exchange for his other son.
For the man this no longer represented any problem, his greed had blinded him so much that the family or the life of innocents had no value. From his unexpected wealth, Juan had many women, all in distant and different villages, mostly with Juan’s children, so the unfortunate man chose a random son to take with him as a sacrifice. In order to enrich himself more and more, he repeated this cowardly feat without mercy with each of his sons, until the day of his death, when Juan no longer had anything or rather said to anyone to offer him to death.
The funeral of Juan, between prayers and murmurs, was attended by the mysterious El Charro Negro, shouting and demanding for his payment, as soon as the scandal ceased, El Charro disappeared leaving a strange smell of sulfur, astonished people chose to open the coffin to discover with bewilderment that hours before where Juan’s body was, now there was a skeleton.
The legend says that since that night, El Charro Negro appears at night, in the streets of cities and rural roads, looking for who changes his soul and also of his sons in exchange for some gold coins.