The legend of the Pink River Dolphin
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In the last post I wrote about The Amazon Forest. The cultural diversity in the Amazon is enormous. Even to the Brazilians that have not been there is difficult to think about it. For us is like to go to another country. So I choose to talk to you about a legend well known for the people that live there: the legend of the Pink River Dolphin.
Says the legend that especially during the June Festival (or “Festas Juninas” in Portuguese - when are celebrated the days of San Antonio, Saint John, San Peter and San Paul) a Pink Dolphin comes from the river and, with a special power, it becomes man. He uses a white hat to cover his face and disguise his big nose and he dresses white clothes.
The Pink Dolphin, now a talkative and seductive man, likes to go to the celebrations that happened at the communities next the river where he lives. He looks for the most beautiful girl in the party and tries to involve her. In love with him, the girl is invited for a dip in the river. When the girl comes home she is already pregnant by the “Boto” (“Boto Cor-de-Rosa” or just “Boto” is how the riverine people call the Pink River Dolphin). In the next morning the man becomes a Pink Dolphin again.
The legend was a way found to justify a pregnancy of woman that was not married, or pregnacy of a married woman but the father of her children was not her husband.
The indigenous tribes in Amazon believe that the “Boto” is a god protector of the rivers and fishes. They call it as “Uiara”.
Scientists named the Amazon River Dolphin as Inia geoffrensis. It is a species of freshwater dolphin just found in the South America. Some believe that kill an Amazon River Dolphin is sign of bad luck. Despite beliefs, the Amazon River Dolphin is a species threatened with extinction.
I was thinking to stop here, but I couldn’t. Today is 21 January and I have just more ten days as blogger. It has been difficult to me to think about it. I was remebering the day I sent the e-mail to BBC. It was 20 October 2008. In the first reply they said “thank you, but we have many people interested” (or something like this). But soon I received another e-mail telling that I would be a blogger for a month. I was happy. I’m still happy. But the happiness has a date to finish. It has been a great experience for me and I hope that you click at the link on the right (“be our blogger”) and tell to the staff of BBC Learning English why you want to be a blogger. I'm sure it will be an honor for you. It has been an honor for me.
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