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Mitos y Leyendas: The Dwarf God Coquena

2024-01-03T13:34:34+00:00
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  • Genny de Bernardo shares the legend of Coquena, the dwarf god who protects animals.
  • Coquena is a dwarf god who lives in the mountains and has the ability to become invisible to protect llamas from cruel shepherds.
  • In this legend, Coquena cannot defend a flock, but devises a plan to ensure no one gets hurt.

Deep in my beloved mountains, my dear valleys, and my longed-for ravine, among magical walls and dark gorges where humans have rarely walked, resides Coquena.

Only a few lucky ones have had the privilege of meeting Coquena, the dwarf god who dresses and shoes like the humble cholitos who take care of the vicuñas in the valley.

However, Coquena possesses the gift of becoming invisible when he decides to take the llamas from a shepherd who treats them cruelly.

Coquena feels a deep love for nature, as he is an ancient god, much older than the arrival of white men to these lands.

Protector of Animals

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He has a gentle hand, as delicate as wool, to care for the animals of the Puna, and a heavy hand, made of lead, to punish hunters who threaten the lives of wild llamas.

These, having been hunted so much, had already been brought to the brink of extinction.

On one occasion, three hunters ventured into the mountains intending to kill all the llamas they found.

When they pointed their shotguns at a tender and helpless llama, a young man named Nico, a cholito from the region, stopped them.

Ucumar

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He warned them that not only Coquena roamed those lands, an ancient god who could not face firearms, but also the Ucumar, a giant who shook the earth with his step.

The hunters, intrigued, asked who Ucumar was. Nico explained that he was a colossal being who lived in the mountains and made the earth tremble with his step.

Quickly, the cholito slipped away with his llama among the rocks before the hunters could shoot him.

They then decided to head towards where Coquena was. They thought there they would find numerous llamas to hunt.

Coquena Asks for Help

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As they advanced up the mountain, they came upon a valley where hundreds of llamas were being herded by the dwarf god, who emitted his unmistakable whistle.

The hunters were excited and pointed their shotguns, ignoring Nico’s warnings, convinced that Coquena could do nothing against their firearms.

However, at that precise moment, Coquena appeared before their eyes with a cry of «Wait!»

Although the hunters did not stop, believing that Coquena was powerless against their weapons, suddenly, they felt the earth tremble under their feet.

Teamwork

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They couldn’t believe what they were seeing: it was Ucumar! The giant had come to help Coquena.

The hunters, terrified, ran as fast as they could and disappeared from the region, never to be seen again in those places.

Thus, an ancient magical being received help from another, more recent in tradition, but who understood better how to face the challenges of modern times.

Mitos y Leyendas bids you farewell for now and hopes you enjoyed the legend of Coquena. See you soon!

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