Brother Conehead ©
In the Andes there is a place called Pacariqtambo, which means “the dawn tavern”. There were three caves. Within the center cave, Tambo Tocco lived four brothers and four sisters. One carried a staff of pure gold and the brothers and sisters one day decided to travel in four directions and build an empire worthy of Sapa Inca (the child of the Sun).
One brother Ayar Cachi went on boasting about his immense strength and the other brothers could hear even though they were miles away. So they plotted among them and sent a messenger to Ayar Cachi saying only he was worthy to catch the sacred llama that went missing . Ayar Cachi was pleased to be given this assignment and he went back to the cave. He searched everywhere but he could not trace the llama. Instead he found a golden staff. He immediately thought of his brother Ayar Manco. He threw it back in the direction of Ayar Manco.
Next Morning Ayar Manco came out of his hut. Imagine his great astonishment to see his staff at the clearing before the hut! He looked for the one he had kept by his mat. It was gone. At least he had not lost it. He was relieved and completely forgot about the incident. Nor did it remind him of his brother whom he had tricked.
Ayar Manco founded the Inca empire.
Ayar Cachi was turned into a stone while the Inca empire became the greatest empire. It stretched north into modern day Ecuador and Colombia.
One morning Ayar Cachi woke up as though a spell had broken. His head smarted. He felt it and thought there was something peculiar. Only when he went to a stream and while he was about to drink he saw his head was extended like a cone!
Pachamama the Mother earth told him about the rise and fall of the Inca empire. How Atahualpa and his brother Huáscar were tricked by Pizarro and his men. Ayar Cachi’s blood boiled to hear the perfidy of Spaniards. He asked the goddess to give him strength to fight them.
She laughed and said, ‘While you were in a dream sleep I made you a conehead.’ She explained that she wanted to prevent him fight for his siblings who were as perfidious as the Spaniards. ‘With a conehead like yours who shall take you seriously?’ In the end she prevailed over him and made him a keeper of llamas.
As Pachamma had foreseen, the Kingdom of Spain had to suffer all the troubles visited on them by a civil war and the brutal regime of General Franco, Recession etc.,It’s treachery had come a full circle. (July 16, 2012)