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According to a beautiful Tehuelche legend, the reason that the winter lasts three months involves a heated discussion, between a mara and a choique.
My mom used to tell me this one, like a story. It is one of the many legends that the original peoples had to explain the world. In this case, explain why the winter lasts three months.
This story happened a long time ago, when time was divided into moons and animals were still talking. It's a story that takes place before the seasons existed: in those days, you never knew what the weather was going to be like. One morning it was cold, in the afternoon a tremendous heat, then it was hailful. And life became very complicated.
Elal, the mythological hero of the Tehuelches, its creator and benefactor, decided to fix the problem. Therefore, he invited all the animals to a meeting with the aim of determining the duration of winter.
And they all said. Mama guanaca asked for three moons of sun and grass so that her chulenguitos had time to grow strong, and the caiquén thought it was a good idea. But the fox and the cougar insisted on the cold and snow. Because in winter their hair gets firmer and snow allows them to track prey. And flamencowanted a year of all summer, for not have to travel to warmer places. As they did not agree, Elal decided to retire and told them to notify him when they reached a decision. Oops, and they all went on! The discussion lasted hours.
The mara, who was said to have a very long and fluffy tail at that time,said that the problem was winter.And that the winter, in short, should last three months, so that everyone is happy .
The choique did not agree: “Twelve cold moons,” he said, “let it be all winter in the south, and in the north all summer.” So he who wanted heat could go north, and when he was tired of the sun, go back south. The entourage was shocked and a terrible mess was made , but they were going to die of hunger and cold! They tried to convince the shock, begged him, but there was no point.
The choique was saying that there would be twelve winter moons and kicked, and had strong legs.The other animals began to get scared of being trampled or kicked .
The Mara realized that the Choique was not going to change its mind and decided to take charge of the matter. He turned around and ran as fast as he could to Elal. She ran so fast that the choique, which ran very well, couldn't stop her.
When he came to Elal, he asked him, “How many months?”. “THREE!”, shouted the mara.“ There will be three and let no more talk about the matter,” Elal said .
The shock was furious.The mara went back to the race and this time, just before it could enter its burrow, the choique reached it and stepped its tail against the ground . The mara pulled so hard that the tail was cut off and managed to hide in its cave.
Since then, it is said, the maras have no queue and the winter lasts three months.
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Publication Date: 21/06/2020
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