Peruvian Legends, Myths & Tales

Long before people could read or write they passed stories on by word of mouth. Every time they were told, they changed a little. From these ever-changing tales, myths and legends were born. Peru is no exception and many tales, myths and legends were composed in verse, which made them easier to remember.
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The Macaw Woman - A myth from ancient Peru
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There came a time long ago when the earth was covered with water. As the water rose, it drowned the people, all but two brothers, who fled to the mountain called Huacayñán. Still the water kept rising. It threatened to cover the mountain.
The Serpents of the Jauja Valley - The Legend of the white and the black snake
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There was once a time when the Valley of Jauja, where the Mantaro River now flows, was covered by the waters of an enormous lake. In the middle of this lake there lived a serpent.
The Condor Seeks a Wife - A beautiful Peruvian tale about a condor, a woman and a parrot
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A condor fell in love with a young woman tending her flock of sheep. He changed himself into a handsome young man and came and stood beside her where her flock was grazing.
The Boy Who Rose to the Sky - A heartbreaking Peruvian Legend
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There once lived a man and a woman who had an only son. The man grew wonderful potatoes in a plot far from the house. They were luxuriant, and he alone had the seed to grow them. But at night thieves would come and tear up the plants and steal the potatoes.
The Moth - A sad Peruvian Myth about a secret lover
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A man and a woman lived happily together with their only child, a little boy. But the man went off on a journey, leaving his wife in tears, and while he was away, she spent the nights sleeplessly spinning.
Why the Fox Has a Huge Mouth - A Peruvian Fable adapted from “El Zorro y el Huaychao”
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One day many years ago, at a time when his mouth was still small and delicate, as in fact it used to be, the fox was out walking and happened to notice a Huaychao (native Peruvian bird) singing on a hilltop.
The Dancing Fox - A Peruvian fable from M. Rigoberto Paredes
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Foxes love to dance. They dance in the dark with young women who slip quietly from their beds and come running out into the night. But the fox who dances must wear a disguise.
The Mouse Husband - A cruel Peruvian fable from M. Rigoberto Paredes
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A mouse fell in love with a pretty young woman and changed himself into a slender young man, long-faced, however, and with tiny, bright eyes. He spoke with a thin, whistling voice, and his manners were excellent.
The Grateful Dove - A Peruvian legend about two cruel brothers and a dove
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Once there were two bad boys who liked to torture animals. They hated to work in the vegetable patch, and they did not care to do chores for their old parents. They wanted to do no work at all. One day they ran away from home, bringing along their little brother, whom they had tricked with false promises. ...
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