That’s right, I said rougarou, not loupgarou. To be completely honest, I’m not sure if there’s a difference except in usage.
Rougarou is pronounced (roo-ga-roo) and loupgarou is pronounced (loop-ga-roo).
Most people have heard the word loupgarou, especially if they’ve read books, or watched movies pertaining to this part of the world. However, growing up, I’d never heard of a loupgarou. My mom used the rougarou to keep us in our places.
I was never entirely sure what the rougarou was except something I didn’t want to meet. Loupgarou is a werewolf and according to some sites, it seems that the rougarou is also a werewolf, the only difference is the word usage.
My mom used to say it was a swamp monster, never giving any specifics. She was crafty that way. I suppose the threats of being eaten by the rougarou as well as the hellacious ghost stories she used to tell me helped to make me a paranormal writer. I love writing about special beings whether they’re heroes or monsters.
Have you written about the rougarou or loupgarou?