Literature

The Beautiful Star Maiden

The Sun Brights (Walter Coraza Morveli)

History tells us that all the stars were beautiful women and that they shared their unique beauty. The sun, on the other hand, could have as many of them as he wished for his wives. One star, brilliant and beautiful like the others still had something the others did not.

The sun was fascinated with her and tried to win her heart every day to convince her to be his wife, but she resisted. One night when the sun was sleeping the star fled the firmament of the heavens as a shooting star down to the earth where she decided to hide from the sun.

The star had fallen close to the home where a young man lived with his old father. The father had given him the task of taking care of the cornfields while the father was away for a few days.

On the next morning the young man, as was his custom, went to check on the corn and found that in a patch the corn had been stolen. Surprised and disconcerted the young man ran to the side to see if he could find out who had done this act.

When the afternoon ended he went to rest. The next day there was more corn missing. The young man decided to stay awake to try to figure out who was responsible for the theft of corn.

He carried with him a bucket of water so that at the moment when he started to feel tired he could splash himself with cold water and stay awake. Around twelve midnight he saw a light among the corn. The young man ran to see who or what it was and ran into that light that was a beautiful maid who was gathering corn.

The young man asked her who she was and why she was stealing his corn. Surprised, the princess told him everything that had happened and also begged forgiveness for stealing. She did not know the earth well and did not know who the corn belonged to.

She only came out at night because during the day the sun looked for her and could find her. Every night afterwards the young man went to see her and be with her.

After a while the young man told her to go out during the day because the sun was sure to have forgotten her. Just as soon as the first rays of the sun began to illuminate her, she disappeared just like that.

Disconcerted and worried the young man went to the temple of the sun that his ancestors had told him about hoping to find her there. After a couple of months he found the temple and within it were a lot of maidens and they were all like the one he had known.

But he knew her and would recognize her no matter what. So he started looking and found her but she did not remember him. The sun had made her forget all that had happened. He presented himself before the sun and with a lot of intelligence told him that one of the stars who had come down had eaten his corn and that the maiden who had eaten the corn would have to marry him.

The sun was not happy but to keep his honor gave the maiden to the young man. He married her and in recognition would make offerings to the sun of his best corn and so on. Because of this all of his descendants honored the sun god.

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