folklore and legends

The Story of Three Statues and the Lake

Titicaca Lake (Hebert Huamani Jara)

Once upon a time there was a city that was underneath an immense lake. With the passage of years, half of the town came out of the deep waters and was inhabited again. In that place condors were immense and could stand two meters high and were impressively majestic.

The puma, which was also a sacred animal like the condor, was known for its strength. In this town, as a result, there were three statues: a condor, a puma, and on the Huacsapata Hill was found an Inca who protected some tunnels.

The townsmen knew the tunnels as chincanas and said they went to various places. One of them was to the city of Cusco. Many people had entered the tunnels and never came out again alive. People said that inside there was a repugnant scent and it would cause the death of any who went in.

As a result, the statues had the purpose of protecting the town in the dark nights without moon that happened during the year. An elderly woman said that on the black nights the lake would get angry and would fill with storms and gigantic waves. They would threaten to flood the town.

The three statues sank to the depth of the lake to control the floods and storms of the lake during dark nights. The condor with its great wings would send currents of air to calm the storms. The puma with its speed and strength would calm the waves, and the Inca with his muscular arms and feet would calm the entire storm.

That is how these three statues were the protectors of the city and that from time to time would sink into the lake to do their job and protect the town so it would not sink again to join its other half in the depths of the lake.

 

 

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