The "folklore" known as L'ANTERCRI is only known to La Baie Ste. Marie. More then likely, this word is derived from the word "Antichrist" which is described in the Book of Revelation in the Bible.
In the 19th Century, the fear of L'Antercri was quite strong along the shores of St. Mary's Bay. The belief in its immediate coming was so strong that some people even moved far into the woods to what is now Corberrie.
The story of L'Antercri goes something like this. L'Antercri would come in the form of a man who was born of a woman of bad morals and character. He could come riding on a horse with much noise and loud music would accompany him. He would be the enemy of the Catholic faith. lie would pass three years before the end of the world and his coming would be announced by a world war and natural disasters such as earthquakes and tidal waves. He would pass on the main highway along the shore and he would preach against Christ and the faith associated with Him. Some people would even listen to him and follow him. He would have a number, 666, and when he passes by, people will have to take his mark or his number or else they will die at his hands. His coming would be preceded by a large famine and when he comes, he will distribute food and this gesture will make him somewhat popular with some people.
There is no doubt that this folklore comes from the story written by St. John in the book of Revelations describing the events that will happen just before the end of the world.
In the olden days, people did not know how to read except a few who had been privileged enough to learn. Therefore, when a person could read, neighbours would gather around in the evenings and listen to stories read by the person who could read. A popular story was the Book of Revelations because of its mysterious content The story would then be retold by mouth to mouth and after a few generations, the origin of the tale was unknown and the story had changed somewhat from its original content.
Copyright Glenn Laffy - 2001
The above information was supplied to my Aunt Del Comeau in a letter from Anne Theriault.