Legends: The Incas never invented the
wheel, so they had no wheeled vehicles. They did not have horses or
cows. High in the Andes, the llama was a most important animal. The
llama was used for transportation. It provided the Incas with wool and
food. So it's understandable that many Incan legends and myths were
(loosely based on an Incan myth)
At one time, people became very evil. They
were so busy doing evil deeds that they neglected the gods. Only those
in the high Andes mountains were honest and true.
One day, two brothers who lived in the high
Andes mountains noticed their llamas were acting strangely. They asked
the llamas why they were staring up at the sky. The llamas answered
that they were told by the stars that a great flood was coming. The
brothers believed the llamas. They moved their families and flocks
into a cave they found on the highest mountain.
It began to rain. The rain continued for four
months and four days. At last the rain stopped. The water receded. The
brothers and their families repopulated the earth.
The llamas were most grateful to the stars for
warning them about the flood. That is why llamas prefer to live on the
mountain tops, safe from floods, and near their friends, the stars.
A little about llamas:
The llama is a member of the camel family. The
llama is about four feet tall and four feet long and can weigh 300
pounds. They can travel long distances without needing water. They can
carry light loads of not over 100 pounds. They can easily travel 6
miles a day over lumpy bumpy ground. On flat ground, the llama can run
faster than a horse.
Llamas are herd creatures. They need to be with
other llamas to be happy. Most llamas have big personalities. They are
very loving and gentle. But, they do not like to be stared at.
If you ever meet a llama, be sure and follow this simple
rule of llama etiquette - don't stare - otherwise the llama might spit
in your face for being so rude! Peek at a llama out of the corner
of your eye.
- The camel's cousin
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