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Mitos y Leyendas: Urutau

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  • Genny de Bernardo shares with you the legend of the Urutau.
  • Like so many stories, it speaks of a love that suffers.
  • The bird, with its song, expresses its pain.

Ñeambuí, descendant of a brave Guarani leader, lived in a beautiful enclave that aroused the greed of its neighbors.

The young woman carried the weight of the tough battles fought by her father to protect the land from enemy invasions. Over time, the chief became more inflexible and severe.

Cuimaé, the young leader of a nearby tribe, had been in love with Ñeambuí for a long time.

Although she accepted the gifts of her suitor, she preferred to escape to the forest to play with the birds and weave garlands to adorn her dark hair.

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One day, her father ordered her to accept Cuimaé as her husband to strengthen the alliance between tribes against invaders.

Ñeambuí obeyed the order, and Cuimaé began to prepare for the wedding. Although the young woman seemed happy, she continued to explore the forest, ignoring the warnings of her lover.

On the crucial day, as the warriors set out for battle, Ñeambuí took refuge in her tent, unable to join the women who were clamoring for the success of their men around a bonfire.

Night fell, and the warriors did not return. Then, she heard a strange lament.

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Feeling afraid, she peeked out and discovered a wounded young indigenous man from a rival tribe. Moved by an inner force, she secretly cared for him. The young man, confused but grateful, fell asleep.

Upon waking, Ñeambuí learned of her tribe’s victory, but the warriors’ stern looks revealed the losses suffered.

Her father decided that the wedding with Cuimaé would take place soon, but he wanted the wounded man to be her husband first.

When they brought the wounded prisoner, Ñeambuí let out a soft moan, only caught by Cuimaé, who noticed the paleness in her face.

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He hastily prepared the wedding, while Ñeambuí languished, and her eyes constantly met those of the prisoner.

On the eve of the wedding, during the prenuptial celebration, Ñeambuí, unable to sleep, approached the prisoner’s tent, released him, and they both fled into the forest.

Cuimaé, crazed with jealousy, followed them and shot an arrow that hit them. The young lover and Ñeambuí fell, and the jungle echoed with Cuimaé’s crazed laughter.

The gods, in compassion, transformed Cuimaé into an Urutau, who laments his lost love every night until dawn. Mitos y Leyendas say goodbye for now and hope that the legend of Urutau has been to your liking. Until next time!

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