folklore and legends

The Tale of the Tired Horse

The Tired Horse (Wayra)
The Tired Horse (Wayra)

In Peru’s south, in the region of Puno and on the road to Juliaca you can see a large stone that has the form of rider and his horse. The people of the city tell various stories and rumors about it that scare people. They give you a lot to think about since from time to time near the stone people disappear without a trace.

People say that in olden times this stone was a real rider who was taking the road to the city of Juliaca when suddenly he was changed into the stone. Before he got on his way he was drinking in a bar. Suddenly the devil appeared before him and tried to have his way with the soul of the rider.

After a couple of hours of speaking and discussing various things, the rider was almost ready to sign the contract the devil proposed. At the last minute, though, he decided to reject what the devil had offered. He told him that he would not give up his soul for anything and leaft to continue drinking elsewhere.

Bothered by what he did not accomplish, the devil began to provoke a conflict among the other people who were in that same place. He would put the blame on the man who had eluded him. As a result all the rest of the people would try to provoke the rider. As a result, he decided to leave that place. He left on his horse at a gallop so that they could not catch up with him.

The devil had wanted him to be outside the town so that he could have his way with him. After a long chase down the road, without being able to catch the rider, the devil decided to turn the man and horse into stone. He also put a curse on them so that whenever it reached midnight they return to being a man on horse back for the night.

Every midnight, the tired horse and his rider wake up and chase the people who go down that road, especially people who are drunk. They pass this place and are never again seen.

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