Water Legends: Cutiy (returns)

Water Legends: Cutiy (returns)

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Hatun Soras was divided into two "neighborhoods": Hurín Soras and Hanan Soras. The second neighborhood was governed by a cacique, who had a son who at the same time fell madly in love with the nobleman's daughter, and offered her marriage. The nobleman, surprised by such audacity, consults with his advisers, and tells him: "If you manage to bring the waters of the Huancané river (a tributary of the Pampas and Apurímac) to the plaza, I will grant you my beloved daughter as a wife." The chief's son accepted the challenge. To himself, he said to himself: "I will move heaven and earth, with the help of the god Wiracocha and the god of Water Wari I will fulfill the challenge."

He gathered hundreds of men both from the place and from the nearby towns. The mission was to make a channel two and a half meters wide along fifteen kilometers in length.

They say that it was a titanic work: men fought against time and nature; women and children also joined in the great task. They, with the snack and the chicha de jora, the children reached for small stones and champas that served as wedges. After a year of hard work, a work that only our ancestors knew how to do with each evening, after each task they sang, danced and drank chicha; the next day again and settle into another task, on a day full of hope.

At last the water from the Huancané River reached the main square of Hatun Soras, at the feet of the nobleman, the maiden and his entire court. In front, the young man and his hundreds of workers, with disheveled faces, threadbare clothes, most without flip flops, some with chullos at the stone, others with a ball of coca on one of their cheeks, all men and women with the edges of his lips with a green petrified by the juice of the coca. The waiter says: "My noble lord I have fulfilled your wish and I hope that you fulfill me."

Everyone eagerly awaited the acceptance of the noble, to burst into cheers and fill that Inca pride. With what little strength they had left, the unexpected happened. The nobleman, taking a deep breath, responded with a resounding No! No! and No !: "I will not give you my daughter as a wife and the water is already here, you can't do anything anymore." The waiter was petrified, his people looked at each other with tears in their eyes at the tremendous tragedy.

Then an incredible event happened: the waiter, the young man, the prince son of the chief of Hanan Soras, invoking the god Wiracocha and the god of Water Wari, while whipping the water, yelled so loudly that they echoed on all four sides from the square: Cutiy! Cutiy! Cutiy! (Come back! Come back! Come back!), And the incredible happened… The water returned through the same riverbed, like a giant anaconda but humiliated. Hey !; punished until the intake of the Huancané river.

The tradition by word of mouth tells that during the tour the waiter and his numerous people went to Hatun Soras by the water, dancing and singing the happy Harawis; But after the sad ending, everything was lonely. At night you could hear the howling of dogs and melancholic aya takis (song of the dead). About the fate of the maiden and the chief's son, nothing is known, it is lost in time.

Years passed, centuries passed, many generations died; The Viceroyalty also passed, the republican era arrived in 1821, and it is in 1962 when the architect Fernando Belaunde Terry was President of Peru, that the community of San Bartolomé de Hatun Soras manages an irrigation canal to take advantage of the extensive lands that do not produces more than natural grass due to lack of water.

To the joy of the Soreños, the government accepts the request, but it seems that the curse of the young man was installed in “his” channel, because as soon as the contractors sound the rope, the beak and the lamp, the never thought happens: the sky is covered with a dense dark cloud, and rain fell like never before because it was at an unusual date and time. In that gloomy sky they see Amaru rise, the shepherds of Putaja say: “Oh God! right now hail is going to fall ”, and so it was, in a short time the field was covered with a thick white layer. The project engineers were advised that they had to comply with an ancestral rite: “Pay the apus”, with coca, chicha and other elements directed to the tutelary hills.

Once this was done, they began the work, almost parallel to the Inca, because when they wanted to use the Inca they could never, in certain areas the water pooled and had an unpleasant smell or leaked. They were right when they said it was "haunted" or "enchanted."

The canals can be seen from afar like two large belts that, starting from near Putaja, pass through Huayllacha, through the base of two beautiful places covered by ichu and end in a point. They are called: Warmi (woman) and Hari Payaja (man); then it moves and then falls in a waterfall and reaches Soras.

Oral source: Pedro Crisólogo Jáuregui Meléndez; Soras, Sucre, Ayacucho.

School: Gianella Angela Villegas Serrano; 7 years; Callao, Lima.

Compiled by Peruvian schoolchildren for present and future generations

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