Friday, January 21, 2005

A local Chamorro Legend

We Chamorros, the indigenous people of Guam, have preserved our culture and heritage through oral and written stories and songs passed down through generations of artists, craftsmen/women, and storytellers. We are a proud people, deeply religious, our faith, the Roman Catholic Church, and are known to be very hospitable.

We live on Guam, (along with other diverse nationalities from other countries) a tiny island in the Western Pacific. Guam is an unincorporated Territory of the United States and serves as a military installation base.

We are proud U.S. citizens and our men and women in the armed forces and the National Guard also fight alongside our U.S. brothers and sisters in Iraq. We have had our share of casualties and our island deeply mourns our Chamorro brothers who have paid the ultimate price for freedom. I sincerely hope you find our tiny island to be a tiny glimpse of heaven. Here is one of Guam's legends. Simple, yet poignant.

The Legend of
Puntan Dos Amantes (Two Lovers Point)

Once long ago, in the time when Spain ruled Guam, there was a proud family living in Hagatna, the capital city. The father was a wealthy Spanish aristocrat and the mother was the daughter of a great Chamorro chief. The family owned land and were highly esteemed by all, Chamorro and Spanish alike.

Their daughter was a beautiful girl, admired by all for her honesty, modesty, and perfectly natural charm. Her beauty bestowed the greatest pride and dignity unto her family.

One day, the girl's father arranged for her to take a powerful Spanish captain as her husband. When the girl discovered this, she was so distraught that she ran from Hagatna all the way to the north of Guam until she found a secluded and peaceful shore.

There, on the moonlit shore, she met and fell in love with a young warrior from a very modest Chamorro family. He was gentle, with a strong build, and had eyes that search for meaning in the stars.

When the girl's father learned of the two lovers, he grew angry and demanded that she marry the Spanish captain at once. That day at sundown, she stole away to the same high point along the shore, and once again met her Chamorro lover.

Her father, the captain, and all the Spanish soldiers pursued the lovers up to the high cliff above Tumon Bay. The lovers found themselves trapped between the edge of the cliff and the approaching soldiers. All the young warrior could do was warn them to stay back, and the father ordered the soldiers to halt.

The lovers tied their long black hair into a single knot. And acting as if they were entirely alone, they looked deeply into each other's eyes and kissed for the final time. Then they leaped over the long, deep cliff into the roaring waters below.

Her father and all who remained rushed to the edge to stare in great anguish.

Since that day, Chamorros have looked to the jutting peak above Tumon Bay with reverence. The two lovers remain a symbol of true love--a love in which two souls are entwined forever in life and in death. Forever after, the high point on the cliff was known as Two Lovers Point.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The story of the two lovers that jummped off at the end nearly brought me to tears. It is always heartwrentching to read but in a way if gives you goose bumps just to think how strong such a love must be.And how special it was to both of them.You wonder if you could ever love that much... I know I do.

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Blogger Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

Thank you for the legend info. Before reading it, I could imagine the breathtaking view, but to experience it in real life would be awesome! That's a sad/happy mix of a legend. LIke the anonymous post above, love is that powerful. I am thankful to have experienced and still experience true love without needing to jump (there), but I would in an instant.

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Blogger LadyBug said...

What an incredible legend. Thank you for sharing both picture and story.

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