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The Good and The Bad Cadejo

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Most of you would have heard about the twins that were transformed into the Cadejos because of their bad behaviour and uncountable mischief, but these Cadejos are mostly seen in the rural areas while the good and the bad one are from the urban side and their story comes from the pre-colonial era. Do you want to hear it? Are you sure? Because it’s a scary story, are you sure? So, let’s go deep into it …
It was the year 400 BCE when the first inhabitants of Quelepa a settlement of the Lenca People were moving to a new land, a place that was beautiful and relatively close to a volcano and an impressive river full of fresh water. In this settlement a couple had a difficult birth of fraternal twins, the first ones in centuries the town was happy and excited because a new pair of twins had come and there were massive celebrations even the Shaman and their King came and blessed them.
Some years passed and these twins grew up, one had a beautiful red hair, yellow eyes and his skin was lighte…

The rock of Cayaguanca

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This legend says that at the foot of the hill there was an indigenous population, this population was ruled by a strong and bad-tempered boss who had a very beautiful daughter whom everyone pretended and coveted, even the character we have read so far … The warrior was named Cayaguanca.
Cayaguanca was a great warrior but he did not possess any wealth for which he was not well seen by the bitter boss and protective father, but Cayaguanca managed to conquer the young maiden's heart and in his love met secretly with the warrior Cayaguanca, thus they passed the days until the inevitable arrived.
The Cacique realizes the romance of the young and enraged orders to capture Cayaguanca, to catch him gives the order to tie him to the rock and leave it there until he died of hunger and cold! the tears of the Cayaguanca warrior were so many that they flooded the indigenous population, then became solid and became rocks, until covering everything completely, this gave rise to what we know tod…

The giantess of Jocoro

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Its existence dates from 1908, date in which according to the legend locals found on a hill, which was initially called San José and today The Giant hill, human bones that belonged to a person of two meters tall.
Of these bones nothing is known already, because the story ends assuring that they were taken to examine another country.
The then mayor, Santiago Mata, commissioned Naftalí to elaborate it and he sculpted the face in wood and painted it, then he formed the body so that a person could get under it and make it turn so that it would seem that it danced.
The finding caused a stir among the inhabitants and led to the creation of a popular myth that ended up becoming the legend of the “Giantess of Jocoro” (Figure 1), a story that over the years has given way to the development of a high doll that, accompanied by a court of masked men, he goes out to dance through the streets of the municipality every February.

Figure 1. Giantess of Jocoro.
To honor the development of giant dolls a…

The Cave of the Moon

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Every story has an origin and this one started in an old river called: Shutía of Jayaque in La Libertad. In this little town long ago, there was a cave in the shape of a half-moon, the citizens of this place always wondered about all the natural phenomena of the Earth, i.e., the rain, the wind, the volcanoes and mountains, everything around them, but there was this cave that they always caught their attention because its entry looked like half-moon that during the new moon it always shined majestically. The people who lived here were very humble and their lives were around working and meditating without any worry.
These people knew some small facts relevant facts like the sun hid behind the clouds but that it was always there and would return every morning, it was always watching and giving them light to their town and the land, but nothing gave them more curiosity than the precious moon because it always changed its shape and during the new moon the cave magically illuminated … They…

The Rock of Tecuantet

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In the municipality of Nahuizalco, Sonsonate, precisely at the exit of the town that connects with the route to Salcoatitán, there is a place called Teshical, here we can find a massive rock, which is attributed to the curiosity … The local people say that the stone eats or feeds on human beings! How is possible? You might ask, well, the name of the rock: Tecuantet literally means “to eat” and in this particular case humans, the locals say that to calm the fury of the rock they put flowers to achieve their grace and benevolence.
The local people say they can hear voices inside of the rock, they are supposed to be from the people it has devoured, they say that the rock has a particular taste and that is to devour children. They affirm that there is a high index of disappearances of minors, for this reason since long ago. Local authorities have tried to remove the rock from the place, but people from the sector oppose it and not because they like the rock, rather to a deep and unfounde…

Tangaloa, The Guardian of the Sea

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Long ago, long before the Spanish invasion and conquest of America, it was born in a Lenca region called Tangolona, ​​a region of which you can still hear that name on a hacienda in the department of San Miguel, the Tangolona farm; because in this region that child was born who possessed special powers, because it is said that he could perform miracles in addition to possessing a surprising wisdom, but with a physical malformation … They relate that the small child was born with several legs and for this reason his relatives they did not allow him to play or to meet other children in the region.
The life of the little one was full of health problems and one day seriously ill, this situation would take him to death … But because of his special condition and possess supernatural powers, he was allowed to talk with the moon!!! In his conversation the beautiful moon that at that time came down to rest on the Shutia river of Jayaque in the cave of the moon, because he asks … Do you want t…

The Goldfish

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Elders say that a long ago a pretty young girl was admired by all the sorcerers, who wanted to marry her, but she did not pay any attention to any of them.
Then the sorcerers, annoyed by the contempt, said: “In revenge because none of us loves us, we will cast a spell so that it is not of anyone and only we can see it.”
One day, the girl went to bathe at the spring located near the corner of a millstone, in the understanding of what is now the municipality of Nahulingo.
She used to bathe naked, when the sun rose; nevertheless, that morning when arriving at the spring, the sun had not yet come out.
He took off his clothes and started swimming. When it was in the center of the pool that forms the spring, it began to transform into a tiny, golden fish. The sorcerers hid among the thick vegetation and saw how it became a fish.
They did not allow him to flee and everyone waved their cured horsewhips and said: “From punishment for despising our love, from today and forever you will become …

The lake of Ilopango

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The lake of Xilopango (Figure 1) as well as the other sources of its kind, so numerous at the foot of volcanoes), had been primitively consecrated to the geniuses of the waters.
Figure 1. The lake of Ilopango.
In the ancient Nation of the Toltecs, whose remains were dispersed, in the twelfth century by various regions, had brought there, with its civilization, the numerous deities to which it rendered a superstitious cult.
Tlaloc was worshiped in Mexico as the God of Lightning and of the Temper that precedes the fertilizing rain; his wife Xochiquetzal, called in Tlascala Malacuaya, or the Lady of the Blue Dress, participated in his honors, and to her was particularly tribute to many regions of Central America.
Each year at the time when the cornfields or maize fields were ready for seasoning, the Goddess was made the sacrifice of four young women chosen from among the noblest families of the country; they were adorned with festive garments, they were crowned with flowers and they were…