The Amazon is not today a destination full of tales and legends that occur in the middle of the forest and near small communities in the interior. Stories surround the imaginary of the Amazonian people from ancient times to the present.
That’s exactly why today in our blog we will portray the most famous legends of the Amazon.
One of the legends of the Amazon is about a couple of Indians who lived together for many years and had no children. One day they decided to ask Tupã to give them a child to complete their lives.
Tupã, knowing the kindness of that couple, granted them a beautiful boy, generous and loved by everyone in the village. However, Jurupari – God of darkness and evil – felt envy of the boy and decided to kill him. One day, when the boy went to collect fruits in the forest, Jurupari turned into a poisonous snake that attacked and killed the boy.
With the sad news, several rays and thunders echoed from the sky. The mother who cried desperately understood that this was a sign from Tupã, so that they would take out the child’s eyes and plant him on the ground as a sign of Tupã’s kindness. In this way, the parents planted the child’s eyes on the earth, and from there a delicious fruit known today as guarana was born.
Legend of Iara
A beautiful brunette woman with black hair and brown eyes, this is Iara’s description. She exerts great fascination on men, and whenever men see her bathing in rivers, they cannot resist her charms and throw themselves into the water.
They don’t always come back alive, and those who survive are haunted by talking about strange things. Some say Iara has a shining star on her forehead that works as a decoy that hypnotizes men. It is also believed that she is shaped like half human and half fish.
Legend of Açaí
A very large tribe was short of food. So the chief decided to sacrifice all the children who were born to control the population.
An Indian girl named Iaçã had her daughter sacrificed and was extremely sad. One day she heard her daughter crying and as she left her house she had a vision of her daughter there, Iaçã remained hugged with her until she disappeared and after that Iaçã gave herself over to sadness.
The next day, they found her dead with a very happy face hugged to a palm tree full of dark fruits. After this event, the chief Itaki picked the fruits and named them açaí in honor of Iaçã (his inverted name).
Found in the rivers of the Amazon, the boto becomes a boy who goes out into the forest at night to conquer the girls, especially at parties, disappearing at dawn. He is also attributed to the paternity of the children of single mothers. But the boto is also a protector of women, because when there is a shipwreck, he pushes them to the banks of the river.
A beautiful Indian woman believed that the moon would choose the most beautiful girls to turn them into stars. For this, every night she would come out of her hollow to be seen by the Moon, but for her sadness nothing happened.
One night he saw in the clear waters of a lake the figure of the Moon. Imagining that it was to search for it, she threw herself into the deep waters of the lake and drowned. Finally, moved by the sacrifice of the beautiful girl, the Moon decided to transform her into a different star: the Victoria Regia (water star). Curiously, the white flowers of this plant only open during the night.
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