Legends Of Chile

02 Oct

This is a legend that was explained to me when I was in Chile a couple of years ago.It is a well known story in Chile with numerous references to it in Artwork and Music

The Pincoya is, according to local mythology, a female “water spirit” of the Chilotan Seas. The Pincoya is said to have long blond hair, be of incomparable beauty, be cheerful and sensual, and rise from the depths of the sea.

Naked and pure, she personifies the fertility of marine species. Through her ritual dance she provides the chilote (resident of Chiloé) with an abundance or deficiency of fish and seafood. If she performs her dance facing the sea, it means that these shores will have an abundance of fish. When she dances facing the mountains, her back to the sea, seafood will be scarce. Chiloean mythology is appreciative of the Pincoya, believed to be good, beautiful and humanitarian. According to other legends, Pincoya is the daughter of Millalobo (king of sea, in chilote mythology) and the human Huenchula. Her sister is the Sirena chilota (a type of Mermaid) and her brother is Pincoy (who also is her husband). The three siblings lead and guide the drowned sailors onto a large phantom ship, the Caleuche, sailing the seas at night around the southern island of Chiloé in southern Chile. The ship appears briefly intact with sounds of a party on board, but quickly vanishes. Myth has it that once on board, the dead can resume an existence as if they were alive again.


Posted by on October 2, 2011 in Uncategorized


15 responses to “Legends Of Chile

  1. cindy knoke

    May 30, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Fascinating legend!

    • The Emu

      May 31, 2015 at 12:20 am

      Good morning Cindy, thanks for taking the time to read my Chilean legend post.
      I love reading and learning the legends of different people and country’s.
      I especially like our Aboriginal peoples legends, they are very spiritual.
      Kind regards.
      Ian aka Emu

  2. The Emu

    March 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Welcome To Aussie Emus World.

  3. suemacarthur

    October 6, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Hi Ian
    Thanks for bring Chile to us all Ian,
    Take care
    PS love the pic

    • The Emu

      October 6, 2011 at 10:08 am

      Chile holds a special place for me now Sue as you probably guess
      Catch you soon before I get the travel bug again

  4. Sue Dreamwalker

    October 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Myths and Legends always I feel have some truths hidden in there somewhere Emu… I didnt know this about the Legend of Chile.. Mermaids pop up all over and It has to be said it makes one wonder.. I hope She watches over all of those who travel and sail the sea..
    Thank you for sharing… I always find your information on Chile most interesting Emu..

    • The Emu

      October 6, 2011 at 9:53 am

      I learnt a lot of legends out of Chile when I was there Sue , South American legends are known by almost everyone there
      and is depicted in their art work , I still have artwork over there which I will bring back on my next trip.
      Hope you are well Sue and all is right in your life

  5. penpusherpen

    October 4, 2011 at 8:27 am

    It’s great to learn about other countries mythology Emu, gives real insight into the beliefs and culture… May Pincoya, her siblings and her Ghost ship ever sail the seas, collecting the souls of the lost sailors… xPenx

    • The Emu

      October 4, 2011 at 9:30 am

      A great legend well known in Chile Pen that I wanted to record
      I actually bought a beautiful copper plate depicting the ship through the eyes of the craftsman
      Its still over there as it requires special packaging as do all my other artworks
      One day I will return and get them sent out
      Hope you are having a great week girl

  6. Lady Jude

    October 4, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Thanks for sharing this tale Ian, I wasn’t aware of it until now…

    • The Emu

      October 4, 2011 at 9:13 am

      Hi Lady Jude , just a legend I learn of when I was in Chile and I love recording them
      and doing a bit of a write up on them
      Hope you are fine girl and having a good week

  7. Rosemary Monteith

    October 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Very interesting Ian

    • The Emu

      October 4, 2011 at 9:10 am

      One of the interesting legends from my time in Chile Rosemary
      I like to record the storys and write on them
      Cheers girl

  8. prenin

    October 3, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Fascinating Ian! 🙂

    We have similar stories from across the world which speak of similar things, like Davy Jones and his ship which rescues the souls of sailers lost at sea, the mermaid stories etc.

    As long as people sail the seas we’ll have such beliefs… 🙂

    God Bless!


    • The Emu

      October 4, 2011 at 9:06 am

      Hi Ian , this was a story told to me when I was in Chile and it was fascinating I thought
      I bought a large copper design of the pic but its still in Chile due to the packing requirements
      I will get it back one day
      Cheers mate and hope you are keeping well


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