“Jilucu with the Moon” 1 2 3    (continued. Translated by Tod Swanson from the Kichwa text in Cuillurguna, Orr and Huddleson 1971


Her brother asked the birds to help her come up to him.  They tried but failed.  When the parents came out of their house and looked up in the sky they saw that their son was climbing and climbing.  He was way up there.  His mother cried then begging him with shouts to come back.  "I fed you with these breasts," she said. "And now I am losing you."  The boy climbed so high that he was lost from his parents view.  On his face he took the stains of the huituc.