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Mitos y leyendas: The Fawn

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  • Mitos y leyendas shares with you the legend of the fawn.
  • A worried mother pleads for mercy from the creator.
  • The creator intervenes to bless the fawn.

Tawíyela was anxious and disturbed, nervously searching among the shadows of wild cherry trees and willow shoots along the stream, looking for any hidden threat.

Tachínchala, her newborn, had just entered the world a few minutes ago, and Tawíyela’s heart pounded like a war drum, worried for her offspring.

Meanwhile, her husband, Tájcha, watched from atop the cliff, alert to any danger that might lurk below for his family.

«Great Creator, deep in my heart, I desperately long for a way to protect my little fawn,» pleaded the mother, grooming her offspring with her tongue.

The mother pleads for her little fawn

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«You have endowed all parents of creatures on this earth with some special form of protection for their newborns.»

«Bison can run and hide their young among the herd, moose alert and guide their young to safety, sheep have offspring that can climb to high places almost instantly after birth, and antelopes are agile from the moment they are born, able to flee with their mother from any threat.»

«My husband and I fear for our own child, as he lacks such skills. We can run and leap to escape any danger, but our child is weak and his legs are not yet steady enough to flee.»

«Oh Great Creator of all creatures, please hear our plea and give us a way to protect our child from those who wish to harm him.»


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Moved by the mother deer’s sincere pleas, the Creator of all things interrupted what he was doing and descended to earth to attend to her request.

He manifested as a powerful wind that drove away all predators hidden in the shadows, ensuring they could neither detect nor interfere with the plan he had in mind to help the deer family.

He called Tawíyela and Tájcha, and stopped beside the little Tachínchala, who had fallen among some brambles. «This little one definitely needs help,» declared the Creator.

«This is how we will proceed. Bring a deerskin as soft as goose down, your paint vessels, and all the powdered pigment you have.»


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The deer father hurried among the trees to collect the requested items, while the mother remained by her offspring.

The Creator leaned over the little fawn and took a deep breath, inhaling the scent of the baby’s skin.

Then, carefully, he cut a piece of the soft deerskin and instructed Tawíyela to sew it, while he mixed the pigments in his vessels.

Once ready, the Great Painter applied the paints to the baby’s skin. Then, he instructed the mother to dress the baby with the sewn skin.

Blessing for the fawn

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«From now on, make sure your offspring wear this garment,» said the Creator, «and tell them to remain still and silent wherever they are placed.»

«If they obey these instructions, they will be safe, as they will now be invisible to those who roam the forest and will lack any scent that could betray them to their enemies.»

And so the fawn wore its spotted skin until it was large and strong enough to face wolves without danger.

Mitos y leyendas bids you farewell for now and hopes that the legend of the fawn has pleased you. Until next time!

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