The werejaguar is a concept in Olmec culture, functioning as both a motif and a supernatural entity. A number of hypotheses have been put forward about the origins and nature of the motif and its place in Olmec society. While a long-standing theory tied the werejaguar to the offspring of sexual congress between a human woman and a jaguar, this has faded as new research has called into question whether the motif is even meant to represent a jaguar at all.
The were-jaguar motif is characterized by almond-shaped eyes, a downturned open mouth, and a cleft head. The English "werejaguar" is an analogy of the word "werewolf", although the werejaguar seems to have been more complicated than a simple shapeshifter in Olmec culture. As the jaguar's historical range covered much of the New World, numerous other cultures have similar legendary creatures.
Werejaguar in The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump
Around 1991, a were-jaguar appeared near the Devonshire toxic spell dump, although the correlation between this health problem and the dump was never proven. Dump manager Tony Sudakis surmised that the patient was probably an Aztecian immigrant.
- The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump, p. 18.