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Mitos y Leyendas: Pincoya

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  • Genny de Bernardo shares with you the legend of La Pincoya.
  • The wife of the king of the seas visits her parents to introduce them to a baby, but something goes wrong.
  • The baby transforms and her mother cannot bear the pain of losing her, but her husband tells her to look at the sea.

Huenchula, the consort of the monarch of the oceans, had spent a year with her husband, the Millalobo.

The recent arrival of their daughter, a new bond of love and mystery, prompted her to take the child to the home of her grandparents on solid ground.

Loaded with the blessing of her baby and numerous gifts sent by Millalobo as a sign of reconciliation for the kidnapping of his daughter, Huenchula arrived at the door of the humble cabin.

The opening of the door unleashed a burst of joy. Hugs, overlapping words, and excited laughter filled the air.

Visit to the Grandparents

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The grandparents were eager to meet their granddaughter, but she was covered with blankets, hidden from mortal eyes.

Huenchula, in a protective gesture, detailed the wonders of her little one and let them hear her charming babbling, but denied them the direct vision of the girl.

They knew this was not an ordinary child, but the daughter of the king of the Sea, endowed with a magical character subject to strict laws.

However, in a moment of weakness, while the child was momentarily alone in search of gifts, the grandparents could not resist the temptation.

The Little One Changes Form

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They stealthily approached their granddaughter’s crib and lifted just a corner of the blankets, thinking there would be no harm in a brief look.

The baby radiated the beauty and joy of the sea on a sunny day. The grandparents did not want to cover her or take their eyes off her, but their happiness was interrupted by Huenchula’s screams when she returned and discovered the indiscretion.

Under the grandparents’ gaze, the girl gradually dissolved, turning into crystal clear water.

Huenchula picked up her water daughter from the makeshift crib of blankets and withdrew crying towards the seashore.

La Pincoya, the Merciful Spirit of the Sea

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With deep sorrow, she poured the gifts into the sea and submerged herself among tears and waves until where Millalobo awaited her with love and tranquility.

Millalobo consoled her and said, «Why don’t you look back?». Then, La Pincoya appeared, their daughter, whom the sea had grown in one fell swoop.

She was now a teenager with golden hair and the same charm she had when she was a newborn to the world.

From that moment on, La Pincoya inhabited the sea as a benevolent spirit.

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When fishermen faced storms, she calmed their spirits; when they were lost far from the coast, La Pincoya guided them back. When someone was shipwrecked, she rescued them.

Along with her siblings, the Siren and the Pincoy, she ensured that the shipwrecked returned safely to their homes.

However, sometimes, even the three of them arrived too late.

In those moments, they tenderly collected the lifeless bodies and took them to the Caleuche, the ghost ship inhabited by men who would never leave the sea.

The Legend of La Pincoya

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Full moon nights promised wonders. La Pincoya, dressed in seaweed, danced on the shore.

If her dance was directed towards the sea, it foretold a scarcity of fish, but if it faced the sea, it predicted an abundance of fish and seafood.

Those fortunate enough to witness her dance were blessed with a touch of magic in their lives.

Mitos y Leyendas bids you farewell for the moment and hopes you enjoyed the legend of La Pincoya. See you in the next story!

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