Photographer's Note

Legend of Iguassu Falls

“The great beauty of the Saint Mary fall brought us one of the most famous legends of Paraná State, which is the legend about Naipi and Tarobá. The Caingangue indians, who lived on the banks of the Iguassu River, believed that the world was governed by M’Boi, a god which had the shape of a serpent and was Tupá’s son. The chief of that tribe, who was called Igobi, had a daughter names Naipi, who was so beautiful that the river waters stopped when the young lady looked at herself in them. Due to her beauty, Naipi was consecrated to the god M’Boi to live only for his worship, but among the Caingangue indians, there a young warrior named Tarobá, who fell on love with Naipi the moment he saw her. On the day of the consecration of the beautiful Indian, while the chief and the priest were drinking ‘cauim’ and the warriors were dancing, Tarobá got away with Naipi in a canoe that followed the stream down the river. When M’Boi learned about the Naipi and Tarobá escape, he became furious and penetrated under the ground, and by twisting his body he opened a gigantic crack, which formed the Iguassu Falls. Taken by waters of the great waterfalls, the canoe of the fugitive indians sunk down disappearing forever. The legend tells that Naipi turned into one of the central rocks below the waterfalls, forever fustigated by the waters and Tarobá turned into a palm tree inclined over the throat of the river where they are eternally watched by their god.”

(This legend is framed and hanging in the Hotel das Cataratas located in the center of the Iguaçu National Park.)

For information about the falls see my earlier posts: Cataratas Foz Do Iguaçu and Devil's Throat.

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Additional Photos by Betty Jones (BWJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 458 W: 0 N: 919] (3094)
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