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Mitos y Leyendas: How Tupá made corn grow

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  • Genny de Bernardo shares with you a story about Tupá and corn.
  • Two warriors, upon seeing the plight of their people, make a decision to save them.
  • Tupá hears what they say and makes them a proposal.

In the vast land of the Guarani, a severe drought punished the population. The two mighty rivers snaking through the region barely carried water, and fish lay lifeless in their beds.

Fishing was no longer viable, and the nets fell into despair.

Hunters returned from the jungle empty-handed, as swamps had dried up, and birds had migrated due to the lack of water. It was an unprecedented experience for the Guarani to face famine.

Despite their pleas to Tupá for rain, the sky remained relentlessly blue, while the scorching sun consumed the little vegetation left in the shadows.

The situation worsens

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The land, now hardened, cracked under the steps of men who, desperate, abandoned the region in search of sustenance.

However, misery persisted everywhere, and many lost their lives. Despair gripped the survivors, who resignedly asserted, «Tupá will not come to our aid.»

In the midst of this desolate panorama, two unmarried warriors, Avatí and Ñandé, stepped forward. Moved by the cries of children, they were willing to risk their lives to save their people.

One day, while discussing the needs of their community, they reaffirmed their commitment: «We would give our lives to alleviate the hunger of our brothers.»

Tupá asks for a sacrifice

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At that moment, an unknown man appeared before them and told them that Tupá had heard their words. He revealed that Tupá had sent him to find a man willing to sacrifice himself for others.

From his body would be born a plant that would provide food for everyone, growing everywhere if men cultivated it near their villages.

Faced with the proposal, both young men stood up and declared, «We will die if Tupá so decrees.» The stranger assured them that only one must die, and the other must find a place near the river, where he should bury his friend.

From his body, Tupá’s plant would be born, providing eternal life to the one who sacrificed himself.

Tupá and corn

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Avatí was chosen by Tupá, and Ñandé, with tears, buried him. Day after day, he watered the soil with river water, and Tupá’s words came true.

From the earth sprouted a plant unknown to Ñandé, which grew, flourished, and bore its first fruits in abundance. Ñandé called his people, showed them the plant, and shared the story.

At that moment, the stranger reappeared and declared, «Ñandé spoke the truth: Avatí will live forever if they plant the dry grains of this plant and tend to the furrows. Tupá will send the rain, and famine will never again plague the Guarani.»

The men bowed to Tupá’s messenger and celebrated the miracle, dancing, singing, and praising their creator. Since then, corn grows and nourishes everyone with its delicious fruits. Mitos y Leyendas bids you farewell for now and hopes you enjoyed this story. Until next time!

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