A llama has much in common with a camel. In fact,
llamas are members of the camel family. The Inca did not have horses
or cows. Llamas were the important animal high in the Andes mountains.
Llamas provided the Inca with wool, food, and a way to transport
goods. Llamas were not worshipped, but they well cared for.
Inca believed that once upon a time, llamas could talk.
(loosely based on an Incan myth)
There was a time when some people forgot the
gods. They were greedy, and spent all their time fighting with each
other instead of working in the fields and worshipping their gods.
Only people high in the Andes Mountains behaved as people
The gods were not angry
at the people who lived high in the mountains. They were not angry
with the good llamas who served these people well. But they were very
angry with the greedy people who lived in the valley below.
day, the good people who lived high in the Andes Mountains noticed
that their llamas were staring up at the sky. The llamas told the good
people that the gods had told them that a terrible flood was coming
and to hide as high in the mountains as they could.
all the good people, and all the llamas packed food for a long stay,
and climbed to the top of the mountain peaks, where the gods lived.
They were just in time. The very next day, a big wave came. It was so
big and so high that it almost reached the mountain peaks. The big
wave swept all the bad people away.
- The camel's cousin
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