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Estonia – Legends

Estonia – Tallinn – Linda by A. L. Weizenberg

In the Lake Ülemiste, the largest lake surrounding Tallinn, there is boulder called Lindakivi (“Linda’s rock”). In Estonian mythology, it is believed to be one of the boulders Linda was supposed to carry to Kalev’s grave at Toompea, but which fell off her apron. She sat on the boulder and cried, thus creating the lake.

The semi-legendary-mythological “Ülemiste Elder” (Estonian: Ülemiste vanake) is believed to live in the lake. If anyone should meet him, then he is believed to ask: “Is Tallinn ready yet?”. If then the other person answered “yes”, then he would flood the city. Thus, the correct answer would be: “No, there is much to be done yet”. This tale is sometimes viewed as an explanation why Tallinn is building/growing all the time.


Chile – country women with child

The Pincoya


One of the most popular myths among the fishermen of Chiloé Island is the one about a mermaid named “La Pincoya.” Sometimes, they say, she is accompanied by her husband, “Pincoy.” She rarely leaves the sea for the rivers and lakes. This sea nymph fertilizes the fish and shellfish beneath the water, and therefore the fishermen’s abundance or lack of food depend on her. When Pincoya appears, dancing on the beach, her arms open and looking towards the sea, it is good news for the fishermen because her dance announces that there will be abundant fishing. If she dances looking towards the coast, it is a bad omen because her dance will make the fish go away. However, the bad omen may be good for others, because Pincoya leads the abundance to those in need.

Joy, even if it comes from poverty, attracts Pincoya, and this is why chilotes, or the inhabitants of Chiloé, sing, dance and prepare curantos – their traditional way of cooking seafood in a hole in the ground, over stones and live coals covered with leaves, branches and earth – so that she will see their cheer and favor them. Part of the myth tells that Pincoya was born in beautiful Lake Huelde, near Cucao; that she is a gorgeous woman with fair, lightly-tanned skin, golden hair, and that from the waist down she has the tail of a fish. On certain nights she whistles or sings irresistibly haunting love songs.

Chile – Castro – Stilted houses in Gamboa

The creation of the world
On Rapa Nui, Easter Island, the story is told that when there was nothing on the earth, everything had yet to be done. Then, an argument arose among the spirits. A powerful spirit that lived in the air imposed his will over the weaker spirits, who had started a rebellion. The powerful one transformed them into mountains and volcanoes. The repentant ones he turned into stars. To inhabit the world, the powerful one transformed a spirit who was his son into a man; he hurled him down to Earth and, upon hitting the ground, the spirit was left dazed. The young man’s mother felt sad and wanted to see him, so she opened a small window in the sky.

Her pale face is sometimes seen, looking through the window. The powerful one took a star and converted it into a woman so that she could accompany his son.To reach the young man, the woman had to walk barefoot, but she didn’t get hurt because the powerful one ordered grass and flowers to grow along her path. She played with the flowers, and every time she touched them, they became birds and butterflies. And the grass that her foot had touched was transformed into a gigantic jungle. The couple met and found that the world was beautiful. In the daytime, the powerful one looked at them through a small round window, and it was the sun. At night, it was the mother who would look through the window, and that was the moon.

Australia – Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is a mountainous region in New South Wales, Australia. It borders on Sydney’s metropolitan area, its foothills starting approximately 50 kilometres west of the state capital.
The area begins on the west side of the Nepean River and extends westward as far as Coxs River. Consisting mainly of a sandstone plateau, the area is dissected by gorges up to 760 metres deep. The highest point of the range is 1,190 metres above sea level. A large part of the Blue Mountains is incorporated into the Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Site, consisting of seven national park areas and a conservation reserve.

The Three Sisters is a rock formation in the Blue Mountains. They are close to the town of Katoomba and are one of the Blue Mountains’ best known sites, towering above the Jamison Valley. Their names are Meehni (922 m), Wimlah (918 m), and Gunnedoo (906 m).