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Tank Top - Rou-Dat, Gold Print
Folklore Goods & Supply

Tank Top - Rou-Dat, Gold Print

$30.00

Are you a football fan? Show off your New Orleans Saints Pride with our Rou-Dat Classic Tank! This unisex tank-top boasts a nice drape, which is ideal for layering or dealing with the summer heat. In true American Apparel style, the tank-top is extremely smooth and soft, and has reinforced smooth arm and head holes. It is made out of 100% cotton jersey, except for the heather grey color (90% cotton, 10% polyester).
• 100% fine jersey
• Banded arm and head holes
• Made in the USA, sweatshop free

***This item is a Direct-To-Garment, Print-On-Demand product. Please allow 2-7 days for printing and handling. During busy seasons, production times for this product may take a bit longer.

A little bit about the Louisiana folklore of the Rougarou ~

Rougarou represents a variant pronunciation and spelling of the original French loup-garou. According to Barry Jean Ancelet, an academic expert on Cajun folklore and professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the tale of the rougarou is a common legend across French Louisiana. Both words are used interchangeably in southern Louisiana. Some people call the monster rougarou; others refer to it as the loup garou.

The rougarou legend has been spread for many generations, either directly from French settlers to Louisiana (New France) or via the French Canadian immigrants centuries ago.

In the Cajun legends, the creature is said to prowl the swamps around Acadiana and Greater New Orleans, and possibly the fields or forests of the regions. The rougarou most often is described as a creature with a human body and the head of a wolf or dog, similar to the werewolf legend.

Often the story-telling has been used to inspire fear and obedience. One such example is stories that have been told by elders in attempts to persuade Cajun children to behave. According to another variation, the wolf-like beast will hunt down and kill Catholics who do not follow the rules of Lent. This coincides with the French Catholic loup-garou stories, according to which the method for turning into a werewolf is to break Lent seven years in a row.

A common blood sucking legend says that the rougarou is under the spell for 101 days. After that time, the curse is transferred from person to person when the rougarou draws another human’s blood. During that day the creature returns to human form. Although acting sickly, the human refrains from telling others of the situation for fear of being killed.

Other stories range from the rougarou as a headless horseman to the rougarou being derived from witchcraft. In the latter claim, only a witch can make a rougarou—either by turning into a wolf herself, or by cursing others with lycanthropy.

This legend dates back to the 16th Century. They considered the Rugaru as more of a genetic defect rather than something you could catch from another person or a spell. Basically, a person with this gene would live a normal life until it becomes active. Then, the creature's bones moves under its skin and it gains an uncontrollable hunger trait, craving raw meat. However, the final transformation wouldn't be attained until the creature takes a bite of human flesh.


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