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Artist's illustration of the Yacún-Borão.

The Yacún-Borão, sometimes called the Yacúbora, is a legendary serpent in Inyurstan folklore. It, is one of the most well-known mythological creatures in modern Inyurstan society.

Orgins

Like many titles in Inyursta, the name "Yacún-Borão" comes from Inyurstan spellings and pronunciations of predominantly French and Spanish names for indigenous words. It is believed the less-used alternative title "Yacúbora" is closer to the original Coacuendo word for the serpent.

The legend of the Yacún-Borão comes from ancient Coacuendo lore, in which the Yacún-Borão is the offspring of the Yacumama and Qanyulo, the moon deity. According to the indigenous legends, it is technically an immortal, although like the other Quja-Loa (demigods) it is permanently bound to the world of the mortal tribes and unable to enter the spirit realm. A key feature to the mythology of the Yacún-Borão is that it is neither good nor evil, but unlike other tales which depict morally grey or neutral creatures and characters the Yacún-Borão is rather both a hero and villain. It supposedly possesses intense, uncontrollable rage for which it can split landmasses apart and carve valleys with its breath; but also has been said to protect the weak or unfortunate in time of need. According to Coacuendo mythology, the end of the world will be marked by a final battle between the beast and its arch-rival, the Cétan, which will cause the land to fall into chaotic seas and the sky to collapse down on the world.

As a symbol, the Yacún-Borão represents pride, wrath, protection and defense.

Scholars believe this is part of an orgin story attempting to explain the major waterways cutting through the super-islands of the Inyurstan subcontinent, such as the Straits of Hidalgo or the Bayo de Sant Marcos; which were formed through seismic activity associated with continental drift and plate obduction.

Stories of the beast continued on through French and Spanish colonization. During a tsunami sometime in the late seventeenth century a Spanish friar claimed that the serpent was "sent from God" and used its wings to shield his mission church from the destructive wave. The same church still stands today north of Madrija. In September of 1907, fishermen from two separate vessels claimed to have seen a winged serpent rise from the water somewhere in the Sea of Juarez.

Description

The Yacún-Borão is said to be over one hundred meters long. It is described as having the body of an anaconda with the wings of a bat; while it supposedly has two pairs of wings in place of legs. These wings enable the serpent to fly, although modern biologists and zoologists find it unlikely wings could actually generate lift for a creature as big as the Yacún-Borão is claimed to be.

Most modern depictions of the beast tend to reflect patterns associated with anacondas or other snake-like markings.

Modern Usage

While it is widely considered to be completely mythological, there are some who believe the creature to be some form of cryptid. There has not been a claimed sighting of the Yacún-Borão since 1931; but regardless people continue to search for clues and glimpses of the legendary monster.

Cast from the show Caçadores des Cryptos used a submersible drone to videotape underwater caves in the San Andreas Obduction zone in 2014. They found no evidence of any giant immortal sea dragon; however, they did catch footage of a rare surviving species of frilled shark.

  • The 44th Fighter Squadron use a dual-winged marine serpent as their mascot.
  • A submarine-launched variant of the SS-9 Yacumama ballistic is purportedly named "Yacún-Borão"; which would reflect both the folklore heritage of the beast and its ocean-to-sky mythology.
  • The B-rate direct-to-TV movie "Yacún: Fangs of Terror" featured a CGI model of the beast devouring 1-dimensional bikini girls and surfer dudes.