The Missing Maze Keeper

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There is a legend in the Amazonas department in Peru that tells the story of a young woman that took care of the maze fields, scaring away the parrots so that they wouldn’t eat the cobs.

One day a young man riding a beautiful horse showed up, this man offered to make her his wife and bring riches to her, the young woman accepted and riding the horse they both took off towards the lagoon.

The woman’s father, surprised by his daughter’s absence when to look for her but couldn’t find her. One spring morning the father woke up before early in the morning to move the cattle and saw at the shores of the lagoon a very well dressed lady, and when he come closer he realized it was his daughter, but as soon as she realized her father was there she dove into the lagoon and disappeared.

After he returned to the town he went to the priest and told him what had happened, he told him to bring a rope and to lasso her. And so the father did the next morning, he found his daughter in the same place we had seen her and carefully came closer to her until he could throw the rope and capture her.

The young woman had no choice but to follow his father, he introduced her to the priest, who after saying a prayer, poured holy water on her. The young woman went crazy, and so she was locked in the church but managed to escape and was never found again, it is believed that se returned to the depths of the Pomacocha lagoon.