Atun Irca Native

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On the Cayacata mountain, which rises west of the Yupan town, a long time ago a native family lived, mother, father and two children. On this desolated site water was scarce, and so to find it dwellers had to walk around 2 kilometers, until reaching the neighboring mountain called Creston.

Near the center of this mountain two streams of clear water run down, the native eager to own these water source that not only quenched his thirst and his family’s but which also fertilized his land, wanted to divert the course towards a cliff to avoid it being used by the neighboring town, that dwelled at the foot of the mountain.

His ill will was punished by the Sun God, all of a sudden, the streams of water disappeared and with great surprise and grief from the native and his family, who now had to come down the steep slopes until reaching the shores of the Santa River in the opposite side of the mountain.

On its continues travels, the native cursed his bad fortune and the gods, until finally, tired from so much suffering he decided to end his life, throwing himself from the top of the mountain rolling downhill until reaching the foot of the mountain, or ravine, where he can now be found turned into stone, and now called by the local the Atun Irca native.

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