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Guanajuato Legends October 21, 2009

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It is said that in Guanajuato, a city of legends, there existed in colonial times a gambling house, where the favorite game, a very risky “trick” , had left some few in complete ruin. However, the story of Martin Padilla was the one that has survived the test of time.


La calle del Truco

La calle del Truco takes its name from the legend that originated there. In that street there was a gambling house, a place frequented by a certain Don Ernesto, an avid gambler. One night, in which fortune seemed to smile, our character was challenged to play by the mysterious knight. Unable to refuse, Don Ernesto was betting the cards, all his possessions, quickly losing his home and his fortune. Trying to recover, he begs his opponent for one last opportunity.truco1

The mysterious knight, then comes up and offers you the latest betting whispering in his ear. Don Ernesto and pales, however, accepts the offer. The player loses again and cries out: he had bet his beautiful wife against the mysterious rival who was making all night trap, but could not be found because it was the devil himself.

The locals that since then, every night a shadow cloaked crosses the street, hitting every door is Don Ernesto, calling for a final play to get his wife.

Callejón del Beso

The Callejón del Beso is really famous in the city of Guanajuato because it has an entire story of love…the story talks about a girl called Ana that was the only one in her family and she only had a dad who was rich.

67555ff4Ana was in love with Mr. Carlos who was poor and lived in front of her house. The only thing that separated the house was the Callejón, which is like a tiny street.

Ana`s father didn’t let her love him, so he told her that if he saw her again with Carlos he would kill her. So one day she was talking with Carlos and her dad knew about this. Suddenly, with a knife he killed his daughter. Carlos who was taking the hand of Ana didn’t know what to do so he kissed her hand. That’s why is called Callejón del Beso, and the story says that if you kiss your boyfriend or girlfriend there, you will love him/her the entire life.

These are 2 of the hundreds of stories and legends that keep Guanajuato city of cultural diversity.

By: Roberto, Maribel, Pamela, Francisco, Alejandro


4 Responses to “Guanajuato Legends”

  1. M'Lynn Says:

    These are awesome legends!!
    Living in a small town in western Kansas, we have plenty of legends. Many of our legends are about the Indians who lived here in the past. We don’t have any special places where our legends take place, like the two legends you have posted, as most just take place in our whole town. Goodland, the place where we live, is extremely small compared to your city. One of the legends involving our whole town tells the story of about the streets that are brick. Although most of our streets are paved with asphalt now, back when this legend took place the ten streets in “downtown” Goodland were laid with brick by a drunk man at 500 bricks an hour. (The average person can only lay 500 bricks in a day, without the help of machines.) Today, nearly all of the original bricks, laid around 1900, still remain.

  2. Amanda Says:

    I think the legends in your city are very interesting. I think it is sad how the dad, in the second legend, killed his daughter just for being in love. I don’t think anything really interesting happens here in Goodland like what happens in the first legend. I don’t know any legends that happened here. I think I am going to do some research so I can learn more about Goodland.

  3. Alex Says:

    After reading the legends in your area I’m very interested in your culture. The pictures in the article shows the streets are very narrow, where I live the streets are not as narrow. I like dragons!

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