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Mitos y Leyendas: The Victoria Water Lily

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  • Genny de Bernardo tells the legend of the Victoria Water Lily.
  • It is a flower that only grows in the Amazon.
  • It is also known as the Amazon Water Lily.

An ancient Brazilian legend tells of a tribe that considered the Moon to be a supreme goddess whom they worshipped with deep respect, giving her the name Jaci.

This lunar deity had the unique habit of tirelessly scouring the skies in search of the most beautiful and virgin indigenous young women from her elevated celestial throne.

In a divine act, she transformed those she considered the most beautiful and pure into shining stars. It was an honor to be part of this.

However, sometimes, Jaci chose to hide behind the majestic mountains that adorned the starry horizon, in order to spend more intimate and closer time with the young women she had chosen.


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In return, they kept her company during the nights, in a celestial pact. All were happy to be part of the sky with the goddess.

A young warrior and princess named Naiá, who, from her earliest youth, dreamed of the day when Jaci would call her to occupy a prominent place in the night sky.

The wise elders of the tribe incessantly reminded her that if she ascended to the heavens with Jaci, she would lose her earthly existence, becoming just a fleeting luminous point in the dark celestial canvas.

Naiá turned a deaf ear to all warnings and embarked on a tireless search to meet the lunar deity, making countless nocturnal journeys in pursuit of her burning desire.

Benevolence of Jaci

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However, to her misfortune, the goddess seemed to completely ignore her presence and efforts to attract her attention.

One night she watched Jaci’s silver reflection in the calm waters of a tranquil lake. She had a plan to make the goddess turn to look at her.

Naiá, full of certainty and fervently believing that the lunar goddess had come down to finally meet her. She plunged decisively into the water, never to emerge again.

Jaci, from her celestial vantage point, watched with compassion the scene unfolding on Earth and, moved by a feeling of benevolence, decided to grant Naiá’s wishes.

The Star of the Waters

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Thus, the lunar deity transformed her into a star, but not just any star, but a special and unique star of its kind.

In this way, Princess Naiá became the legendary «Star of the Waters», known throughout the territory as the majestic Victoria Water Lily.

It is the most exuberant of all aquatic plants, whose leaves only open during the night. The Victoria Water Lily offers a celestial spectacle that still endures in the memory of all who see it.

Another name by which this flower is known is the Amazon Water Lily. Mitos y Leyendas bids you farewell for now and hopes you have enjoyed this story. See you next time!

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