Tecún-Umán, el de las torres verdes,
el de las altas torres verdes, verdes,
el de las torres verdes, verdes, verdes...
Tecún-Umán, el de las plumas verdes,
el de las largas plumas verdes, verdes,
el de las plumas verdes, verdes, verdes...
Tecún-Umán, the one of the green towers,
the one of the tall green, green, towers
the one of the green, green, green, towers...
Tecún-Umán, the one of the green feathers,
The one of the long green, green, feathers
the one of the green, green, green, feathers....
An excerpt from Tecún Umán, written by Miguel Angel Asturias, along with Rigoberta Menchú, a Guatemalan Nobel Price Winner.
I have written about the legend of Tecún Umán and the quetzal previously but didn't have these pictures. On Holy Monday we drove to Quetzaltenango, that is a 3.5 hour drive, to give a ride to our friend Flora who in exchange offered us a wonderful lunch with her family (more on that in another post).
In Quetzaltenango we stopped to take a picture of the Tecún Umán monument recently relocated to a new boulevard. I felt like a complete tourist when I got back on the car and Flora said , 'you can also take a picture of Tecun Umán's rock, it is just down the street from my house right in front of the school and if you want we can even go to the cave of Tecún Umán which is about a 45 minute walk up the mountain'.
Flora was born and raised in Chuicavioc a small town on the skirts of Volcán Santa María (the 4th tallest in Guatemala). As explained by Flora, this rock has been identified by the local people from generation after generation as the rock were Tecun Umán fought and the cave (which I'll visit another day) where he lived and where apparently you can see his footprints. As much as it sounds like a tourist trap you have to give some credit to it, because it is mostly cherished by the Mayan community and there is nobody trying to make money out of it.
When we got to Chuicavioc, a 35 minute drive from the city of Quetzaltenango in a bumpy dirt road, we found the rock identified with a plaque. The rock is sadly painted with political campaign colors. In the country side it is common practice for political parties to paint rocks with their campaign message and they didn't stop even at Tecún Umán's rock.
The plaque reads "Central American call to the four winds that here I defended your land and your home TECUN UMAN".