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Myths & Legends

Introduction

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Oaxacas myths and legends all have one thing in common; they are historically very popular with inhabitants of the State. Whether woven of complete fantasy or founded on some remote, yet real event, these stories often form the fabric of tradition, which teaches a lesson, is wrapped in custom, and represents the very essence and purpose of folklore. In this respect, Oaxaca has a vast repertoire of fantastic myths and historical legends.

Among the best known are the Zapotec tale of the birth of fire; the mystical lighting of the Apoala trees from which the first Mixtecan man and woman emerged; the poetic legend of Princess Donaji; and the apparitions of the Virgins of Solitude and Juquila.

In each of these stories we find a series of suggestive anecdotes, traditions, and legends that range from epic proportions to simply reminding us of our grandparents' advice. Whatever the purpose, the narratives are as rich and varied as they are flavorfully told from one generation to the next.



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