Legends of Peru: The Curi Yacu

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Tells the story that Juan Antonio Pineda Panduro was an honest farmer and that in his youth he hunted quite a lot. One morning he asked his mom for permission to go search for deer, and after she put half a dozen boiled eggs on his pack and a couple of ripe bananas he head toward the Cumbaza creek and went up stream  until reaching the point where it met several other creeks. Suddenly, we saw in the water tony golden fish and eager to catch them went after them, but the little fish as if they could guess the young man’s intentions squirmed and led him to a dark water hole. Pineda found with surprise, lying on the bottom of the hole, a huge bright black bull that was dripping a yellow liquid.

Trying to gather himself he started to look closer. The bull remained on the same position, the same place, and suddenly realized that the spot where the animal’s drool landed was full of gold nuggets. Happy with his findings he decided to head back home.

He hadn’t walked that far when a terrible wind blew, along with thunders and lightings, which wouldn’t allow him to go any further. Pineda, figured it was impossible to continue walking and decided to throw the gold nuggets to the creek. Immediately after doing this the storm stopped and the skies cleared, and the hunter was able to reach his town.

Ever since them the creek where he left the gold nuggets is called Curi Yacu, which means river of gold.

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