My first novel, LIVING WITH SACI, suggested that one of the characters might actually be the mischievous character from Brazilian folklore, Saci. But who is Saci?
Just like the character in my book, Saci has one leg and is black. Unlike the character in my book, Saci smokes a pipe and wears a magical red hat which enables him to appear and disappear at will.
At best, Saci is an annoying prankster, at worse, like the character in LIVING WITH SACI, he is outright dangerous.
Sack is able to grant wishes to those who are able to trap him or steal his cap, although his cap is said to be so smelly that those who touch it are never able to wash the smell away.
Anything that went wrong around the house, too much salt in the soup for example, would usually be blamed on Saci.
Saci can also transform himself into a bird and the protagonist of LIVING WITH SACI is often seeing stripes cuckoos which her Grandmother told her were always a sign of Saci.
The only way to get away from Saci is to cross water which Saci cannot cross without losing his powers. Other ways to confound him are to leave ropes full of knots which he feels compelled to undo. Alternatively, leaving the Brazilian spirit cachaça or tobacco for his pipe might appease him.
I am currently writing the sequel to Living With Saci based on the Brazilian legend of the mule without a head. It will probably be titled Living With the Headless Mule.