Jesuit missionaries brought the violin to the
Bolivian tropics in the 17th century as a way of convincing the
indigenous tribes to listen to them. The Guarayos people adapted
the instrument to make their own version, a bamboo violin. This
handpainted story window tells the tale: on the outside farmers
cut bamboo in the forest, on the inside they play bamboo violins
at the town festival.
The Guarayos people explain the lunar eclipse
as hungry jaguars eating the moon. This story window tells the legend;
on the outside of the window the jaguars are preparing to pounce
on the moon. Open the window, and the villagers have run to the
streets, banging pots and shooting arrows to scare off the jaguar
and save the moon.
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