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Mitos y Leyendas: The Reed

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  • Genny de Bernardo shares with you the legend of the reed.
  • It’s the story of a vain woman who in some way mocks her suitors.
  • The god Tupá does not tolerate this attitude and decides to punish her.

In the warm lands inhabited by the Guaraníes, where forests cast shadows and rivers flowed with their murmurs, lived an indigenous woman of extraordinary beauty known as Pirí. Her beauty rivaled her vanity.

When the sun began to paint the waters of the Paraná River with reddish hues at sunset, Pirí would go to the riverbank with a grace that highlighted her slender figure.

She would let her long black hair fall and, as she braided it, she looked at herself in the reflection of the water, delighting in her own appearance.

«I am truly beautiful,» she would say to herself. This was a ritual she repeated every day without fail.

Pirí annoys Tupá

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Over time, several young men from her tribe had fallen in love with Pirí, but she barely paid them any attention. When she deigned to speak to them, it was only to mock their feelings.

The gifts they offered her were thrown away without remorse, unconcerned about the pain they caused in the hearts of her suitors. Her days were filled with idleness and selfish contemplation.

One day, the god of the Guaraníes, Tupá, irritated by Pirí’s attitude, appeared to her.

With a voice full of anger, he spoke to her as follows: «Pirí, every human being has the responsibility to be generous to their fellow man and to give a purpose to their life.»

Tupá’s Punishment

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«You have wasted the gifts I have generously given you. Therefore, you will suffer a punishment. You will be transformed into another kind of being. You will become a plant as beautiful and flexible as you are now.»

«You will be the constant companion of the men and women of this land, sharing all the moments of their lives.» After these words, Tupá disappeared, and with him, Pirí disappeared as well.

Her young lovers tirelessly searched for her in the forest, along the riverbanks, and among the flowers, but they found no trace of the beautiful Indian.

One day, as they approached the river, they were amazed to see an unknown plant growing on the banks, moving with the grace of a woman caressed by the breeze.

They named it «Reed»

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They called it «Reed». With its stems, they learned to create a variety of everyday objects, such as sewing kits, baskets, mats, and many others.

The skilled hands of the weavers have been braiding the reed since those ancient times.

This craft has endured through generations, reaching our days as a beautiful legacy of the Guaraní past.

Mitos y Leyendas thanks you for your interest and bids you farewell for now and hopes that the legend of the reed has been to your liking. Until next time!

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