Occupation: Service Coordinator
Residence: North Hills, California
Date of Performance/Collection: 04/20/17
Primary Language: Spanish
Other Language(s): English
My informant is a service coordinator. She likes to help people. She also migrated from El Salvador to the United States. Most of her stories are from her mother or personal experiences.
I talked to my informant over coffee in our house.
El Cipitillo is a boy that wears a large charra or sombrero. He has a little belly. He eats the ashes from leftover fires. The people that make tortilla over the fire would find footprints all over the ashes. He also likes children. If he touched you then you are left retarded.
The story of el cipitillo is often told to scare children from misbehaving. He is said to visit misbehaving children.
It is interesting to see at what lengths Salvadoran moms would go to keep their children safe. I grew up with these stories believing the to be true