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Myths and Legends – Halloween stamps from Costa Rica

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Halloween is not really a Costa Rican tradition. So maybe it is just coincidence that the national postal service of Costa Rica has come out with a set of scary stamps.

The issue is designed to mark U.N. World Post Day, the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union. Correos de Costa Rica chose two legends to immortalize on stamps. There are La Segua and La Carreta sin Bueyes.

Both legends are at least from the 18th century but the theme is universal: To terrify those who would drink, pick up strange women or curse God.

The set of stamps, illustrated by Heriberto Barrientos A., shows a grandfather recounting the legends to enthralled youngsters. The horse-faced Segua is pictured along with Cadejos, a demon dog that is the subject of another legend. Each of the two stamps is placed near a short explanation of its legend.

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