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Aymara Indian Legends and Myths

This is our index of Aymara folktales and traditional stories that can be read online. We have organized our Native American legends section by tribe to make them easier to locate; however, variants on the same legend are often told by American Indians from different tribes, especially if those tribes are kinfolk or neighbors to each other. In particular, though these legends come from the Aymaras, the traditional stories of other Andean tribes like the Inca are very similar.

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Aymara Mythological Figures

Click on each character's name for more detailed information about his or her role in Aymara mythology.

Ekako (also spelled Ekeko, Ekhekho, or other ways): This is the Aymara trickster hero and god of fertility and luck. Even today, little statues of Ekako are kept as good luck charms by many Aymara people.

Trickster Animals: Many Aymara folktales feature sly animal heroes playing tricks on each other or on their neighbors. Like modern cartoon animals, the tricksters often die in Aymara stories and spontaneously come back to life. Fox (Qamaqe) is the most common Aymara trickster animal, but Monkey and Mouse sometimes also play trickster roles.

Aymara Indian Folklore

*The Myths of Mexico and Peru:
    Online book of Aztec, Inca, and Aymara myths.
*Fox and Monkey:
    Aymara story about two trickster animals.

Recommended Books on Aymara Mythology

Mountain of the Condor: Metaphor and Ritual in an Andean Ayllu:
    Book on Aymara myth, religious life, and rituals.
Diccionario de Mitologia Aymara:
    Spanish-language book on Aymara mythology.

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Additional Resources

 Books of American Indian folklore
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 Indian religions
 Peru Natives
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 South American Indians
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 Native American websites



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