|The two stones|
Legend has it that in times of the young cacique Guacumao, Canimao and Cibayara´s son, lived Aibayama, an extraordinarily beautiful woman. Yucayo village´s men were crazy about her. The infatuation was so strong, that winning her over was more important than fulfilling the activities that made prosper the aboriginal community.
Cibayara had told her son Guacumao about behíque Macori´s prophecy, a prediction that had her as protagonist. She would give birth to a man, and a woman who killed for love would be turned into stone by him.
One night cacique Guacumao had a dream in which a gigantic hand threw bats to the air and helped by gestures ordered him to take Aibayama to one of the tips where the bay ended, place known today as Punta Maya.
When the young man woke up, he narrated to his mother what had just happened, and both agree in the fact that it was an answer from god Bagua, and the woman would be transformed into stone.
Guacumao took Aibayama to the appointed place, and they remained there for several weeks. Love took them by surprise, and the young cacique felt both, joy to be loved and sadness to know how ephemeral it would be. And they vanished.
They were never seen again. However, the region’s fishermen affirm that in the moonlight nights two rocks can be seen under the sea, which are Guacumao and Aibayama, eternally together in Matanzas seaboard.
Behíque*: a sort of medical priest who became the main victim of missionaries and colonizers. They were well-respected figures, considered the link between mortals and goddess Atabey
Translated by Manuel Osvaldo Torres Pérez