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Mitos y Leyendas: The sadness of the Maya

2024-02-06T14:25:08+00:00
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  • Genny de Bernardo shares with you a story called «The Sadness of the Maya.»
  • A Maya man can communicate with animals, and they offer to make his wishes come true.
  • However, upon hearing what the man desires, the animals tell him that it is beyond their capability.

One day, the animals approached a man from the Maya tribe, expressing their desire to see him happy and offering to fulfill any request he might have.

In response, the Maya man expressed his longing to experience happiness. The owl, questioning the man’s understanding of happiness, suggested that he make wishes more aligned with human nature.

The man accepted the suggestion and expressed his wish for sharp eyesight.

The vulture generously offered to share its keen vision with him. Then, the man expressed his desire to be strong, and the jaguar assured him that he would be as strong as him.

The gifts from the animals

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Wishing for the ability to walk without getting tired, the deer offered its legs to the man.

The Maya man also wanted to foresee the arrival of rains, and the nightingale promised to notify him with its song. Aspiring to cunningness, the fox offered to teach him.

The desire to climb trees led the squirrel to offer its claws to the man.

Finally, the Maya man expressed interest in knowing medicinal plants, and the snake claimed to be an expert in that field, committing to mark them in the field.

The sadness

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However, upon hearing the snake’s final offer, the Maya man withdrew.

The owl, observing the scene, commented to the other animals that, even though the man now possessed more knowledge and skills, he would always remain sad.

The chachalaca, in response, expressed compassion for the animals and their situation.

Mitos y Leyendas says goodbye for now and hopes that this story of the sadness of the Maya has been to your liking. Until next time!

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