The ojáncanu (Cantabrian: (Western) [oˈhaŋ.kanu] or (Eastern) [ɵˈxɐŋ.kɐnʉ]) is a cyclops of Cantabrian mythology. This creature embodies evil, cruelty, and brutality. This giant cyclops is the Cantabrian version of the Greek Polyphemus that appears in other Indo-European mythologies.


This mythic creature is a giant of superhuman strength characterized by his single eye, his long beard, and red hair. It tends to have ten fingers on each hand and each foot, and two rows of teeth. He is so beast-like, so cruel and so ugly, that anybody seeing him would flee in horror. He is constantly doing evil deeds such as pulling up rocks, destroying huts and trees, and blocking water sources. He fights Cantabrian brown bears and Tudanca bulls, and always wins. He only fears the Anjanas, the good Cantabrian fairies. One must pull out the only white hair of his beard to kill him.[1]

The ojáncanu's wife is the ojáncana.


  1. "Monsters and Creatures of Cantabria". Cantabria Joven (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-06-04.

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