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Mitos y Leyendas: The Founding of Quito

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  • Genny de Bernardo today talks about the legend of the founding of Quito.
  • Ecuador is a country full of culture and its diversity was the stage for the development of indigenous cultures.
  • The Cochasquí are, in a way, the founders of Quito.

Ecuador is a country located in the northwestern region of South America, known for its astonishing geographical and cultural diversity.

Ecuador is characterized by its spectacular geographical variety. It is divided into four main regions: the coast, the highlands, the Amazon jungle, and the Galápagos Islands.

The capital of Ecuador is Quito, a city located in the Andean region of the country. Quito is famous for its impressive historical center, which is one of the largest and best-preserved in Latin America.

Among the most deeply rooted legends in the popular history of the city of Quito, Ecuador, are those that revolve around Cantuña, El Gallo de la Catedral, and the indigenous foundation of the city.

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This time, we will focus on this last narrative, as it is a good starting point to learn more about this country.

An ancient legend tells that the inhabitants of the village of Cochasquí watched in amazement as a star fell from the sky on a beautiful and clear night.

Filled with fear, they hurried to tell this to their king, running towards the palace. The monarch, who was also a wizard and priest, urged his people to maintain calm and serenity.

His plan was to reconcile with the gods. To do this, he drank a glass of chicha, a drink made from various types of corn, and uttered a spell before falling into a deep sleep.

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Upon waking, the king again convened and gathered all the people to share what he had experienced. He conveyed a message. «The gods are not angry with us, but they want us to leave this place and move to a richer, more fertile, and more beautiful land than this.»

«We must follow the signs of this star that has fallen from the sky, for where it rests, we must find our new city.» Having said this, the Cochasquíes set out to follow the indications that the star had left, until they finally arrived at the foot of the Pichincha volcano. This was the chosen place to found their new city.

They built their new homes, planted their crops, and erected two temples: one to worship the sun and another to worship the moon. Thus were laid the foundations of the current city of Quito.

Mitos y Leyendas hopes you have enjoyed this story and says goodbye for now. See you next time!

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