in Ecuador is protected by its deep indigenous roots and Amazonic
cultures. It extends beyond stories and tradition, and ranges from
region to region. Music, dance, food and culture all embody a unique
aspect of Ecuadorís culture that has transcended time, giving this
country a strong tradition of folklore.
The Enchanted Stone
Enchanted Stone is a story that is set to keep children from wrongdoing.
The stone, located in the Working District, could grant wishes and is an
abundant source of information. Out of fear for its powers, no one dared
to speak to the stone. The stone also had powers to punish children who
did not listen to their parents. Parents tell this story to their
children to keep them out of this part of the city as it is often a
place where young lovers come to meet.
The King and the Falling Star
traditional indigenous tale recounts the story of the King who used a
falling star the he and his people followed on the insistence of the
gods. The star took them to Pichincha Volcano, where they relocated to
found the city of Quito.
Building of the San
A man by
the name of Cantuna was falling behind schedule on the building he was
being paid to construct. After many hours of work and prayers to finish
the job on time, Cantuna thought he would never get it done. One day,
Satan offered to help Cantuna finish the job in exchange for his soul.
Cantuna made the deal on the condition that not a single stone would be
out of place. The devilís workers finished the Church atrium, but in
their haste forgot one of the stones and Cantuna was able to keep his