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Mitos y Leyendas: The Inca’s Bridge

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  • Genny de Bernardo shares with you the legend of the Inca’s Bridge, a legend of the Calchaquíes.
  • The heir to the throne of the Inca Empire was seriously ill, and no cure worked, causing despair among the people.
  • They find a way to heal him, but on their pilgrimage, something blocked their way to the cure.

The Calchaquíes were a group of indigenous peoples who inhabited the northwest region of Argentina, in what is now known as the provinces of Salta, Jujuy, Tucumán, and Catamarca.

They built impressive fortresses and adobe dwellings on the slopes of the mountains and in the valleys. One of the most famous examples is the Fortress of Quilmes, which resisted Spanish conquest for a time.

Regarding their religion, the Calchaquíes were polytheistic and worshipped various deities related to nature and the elements.

As one can imagine, they also have an extensive folklore and thousands of legends. Today we share with you the legend of the Bridge of the Inca.

The Inca’s Bridge

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Many generations ago, the legend tells that the heir to the throne of the Inca Empire was in an uncertain struggle between life and death, being the victim of a strange and enigmatic illness.

Despite the efforts of sorcerers and healing practices, the prince’s health did not improve, plunging the people into despair.

The inhabitants of the empire deeply loved their prince and appealed to their gods with fervent prayers, even making sacrifices in his honor.

The most distinguished wise men of the kingdom were summoned and concluded that the only hope for the prince’s cure lay in the miraculous waters of a spring located in a distant region.

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They set off on an extensive caravan, facing numerous obstacles during months of exhausting journey.

Finally, they arrived at a deep gorge where a powerful river flowed, with the coveted spring on the other side. However, the question that tormented them was how to cross to that inaccessible place.

After long moments of meditation in search of a solution, everything seemed in vain, and despair took hold of them.

It was then that an extraordinary event occurred: the sky suddenly darkened, the earth trembled under their feet, and huge rocks fell from the heights, generating a terrifying rumble.

The protection of the gods

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Once the commotion passed and calm returned, the indigenous people were astonished to discover a bridge that had miraculously formed, allowing them to reach the wonderful source without obstacles.

With great care, they took the prince to the spring, where he drank from its waters and, little by little, regained his health. The legend attributed this miracle to the omnipotence of the gods Inti, the Sun, and Mama-Quilla, the Moon.

Thus, according to tradition, that imposing stone arch known as the Inca’s Bridge emerged, standing majestically guarded by Aconcagua, surrounded by the grand beauty of the Andes.

Mitos y Leyendas bids you farewell for now and hopes that the legend of the Inca’s Bridge has been to your liking. Until next time!

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