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Anahí and the ceibo

Inside Santa Fe, the ceibo, the tree responsible for the national flower, has a sad legend. The story of an aboriginal named Anahí.

They say that,  in the north of Santafesino , on the banks of Paraná, lived an  aboriginal  named Anahí. Unlike other typical legends, she was not known precisely because she was beautiful. But  his gift was in music , because they say that, in the evenings, he knew how to delight the local people with his voice, who gathered to listen to the praises of their gods and also express their love for the earth.

The  Spanish invaders arrived, ravaging their land and tradition and taking  captive people to enslave, being Anahí one of them. It was a lot of his sadness. So much that they say that, at night, his crying was heard up to many leagues. He spent hours planning how to escape until, one night, when the guard was beaten by fatigue and sleep, Anahí tried to flee. The sentinel woke up just as he was making it and wanted to stop her, but he didn't. The young woman, with her wild and rebellious spirit, drowned in her prisoner state,  stuck a dagger to her chest  and escaped into the jungle.

The shouts of the guard made the other jailers realize that something was happening and, seeing that Anahí was missing, they went out to look for her, just as who goes out to  hunt  an animal. There were so many and with weapons that managed to reach her, carry her by force and  condemn her to the stake.  

The surprise took over those invaders because, when they set the fire,  the flames  that slowly reached the maiden, who was suffering quietly and looking to the side,  formed a tree  . A  c  eibo.  

The astonishment was greater at dawn the next day. With the first rays of the sun, the conquerors saw red flowers in that glowing ceibo leaving, thus,  the eternal sign of  struggle     of a people  that stood firm in the face of adversity.

The flower of the ceibo, its characteristics

The flor del ceibo is the national flower of Argentina and was designated as such on November 22, 1943 by decree 138974 of the national executive branch.

Plants bloom from October to April. The chalice is gamosepal, like a small red thimble.

Form with the corolla a perianth where sepals and petals are similar in color, but differently. Its edge is characterized by the brown color that gives it a wilted appearance.

The corolla, similar to that of Phaseolus vulgaris, is yellowed, but differs from it in that the banner, which is the largest petal, is arranged at the bottom.

The petals called wings are very small and are practically hidden inside the chalice. The other two petals are sometimes partially welded and form the keel or carena, serving as protection to the reproductive organs.

Ceibo flowers are used for dyeing fabrics, and the wood of your tree that is yellowish white, soft-textured, is used to make light weight items.

What is a legend?

A legend is a story that can have fantastic or wonderful elements. It usually has a more or less recognizable historical base, which, unlike myth, gives it a certain likelihood. Their characters are real or based on real characters. They are transmitted orally or in writing through generations. The time and space in which events occur can usually be placed concretely.

 Features of legends 

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