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The legend of Elegua

It counts the history that many many years ago, in the fastuoso
kingdom of an African monarch, was born its first-born son to whom
they called Elegua. To the 8 years, the young very precocious era,
daring and travieso and employed much to its ancestors. A day,
walking by the border of the sea with his they guardian, vió an
object to shine next to a palm and ran to take it. His guardian tried
to prevent it, coming up to him that he could be a dangerous object
since was rare and had two intense lights in the place of the eyes
and a white cloud and weighs left its mouth, but Elegua he escaped
of the hands of its protector and escorts and he ran to take the
object to take it to it. When it had vió that was the fruit of a coconut
palm and was fascinated, then it heard a voice that said to him,
"cuidame and líbrame of polillas and the worms that they will love to
eat to me with time; if you protect to me, I will give to health and
prosperity you ". The boy promised to the Coco to take care of of
him while he lived and he took it to the castle.

There he told his history to his father


and to all the cut, but all made fun
of of him and played ball with the
Coco, throwing it from a side to
another one without Elegua could
avoid it, and the advisor of the king
said to him to this one: "your son
will give problems you with that
imagination that he has, we are going to hide the Coco so that he
forgets that invention". But that one same day the boy became ill,
and three days later he died. The cut and all the town cried the
death of the prince and called to a fortune teller who said to them
that a good genius that he lived locked up in the Coco had been
ultrajado victim and and who for that reason had died the prince.

As of that moment the king, sorry, commanded to venerate to the


Coco and to request his pardon and protection, but the eyes of the
Coco never more returned to shine. Consulted the fortune teller
again it said: "we must put eyes, mouth and ears to him so that it
listens and it can speak to us to us". So they inlaid to him snails in
the place of the eyes and the genius returned to see. Soon they
inlaid two shells to him in the ears and the genius returned to listen
to its plegarias. Finally, they put a mouth to him and the genius
spoke and transmitted all his sabiduria to that ignorante town and it
pardoned it.

Those snails that the fortune teller used were bucios, since then the
bucios acquired the gift and the power to communicate to the
mortals their aims through the divination, as well as the will of the
spirits of deads and the one of the Gods. The Coco, to who they put
the name of prince Elegua, since then was adored and consulted
with respect by all the wise people, fortune tellers and healers of all
the times...

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