The Jungle is a region which has co-existed with different tribes, cultures, myths and legends, one of those legends is The Runamula.
    Its name comes from Quechua and means ‘mule people’. The local people believe it is a half woman and half mule being, which turned into a mule because she cheated on her partner.

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      This is why every full moon it transforms into The Runamula, which in the Amazonian common belief is the personification of adultery. Only women who date married men, church members or are married themselves can be condemned.
      The legend says that by nights, a horseman dressed completely in black clothes appears outside the houses of the cursed women and starts articulating random words. While this happens, the women transform into hybrid beings (half mule) and immediately go out to meet him.

        Once they are together, the horseman takes The Runamula and enters the Jungle, making them suffer all kinds of punishments, hitting them while they yell at the top of their lungs. This terrifying sounds are heard in every house in the surrounding areas during the silent nights.
        The next morning, the women wake up in their beds with no recall whatsoever of what happened the night before. The only record of the event is their sore and beat up bodies and bloody beds. Only the relatives understand what happened and take them to the local healers to cast the spell out by using baths and Ayahuasca sessions.

          Learning from Myths and Legends of the Jungle on a Luxury Cruise through the Amazon

          Sailing on an Amazon River Cruise will not only allow you to marvel at the astonishing fauna and flora but also immerse yourself in the rich culture and mythology of the region. During your journey, you will have the opportunity to learn about ancestral legends, like the fascinating legend of La Runamula that we have previously shared.

          Through captivating storytelling, you will get to know more about the myths and beliefs that have shaped the lives and worldview of the people who have inhabited these lands for centuries.

            Learning from Myths and Legends of the Jungle through Experiential Tourism

            For those seeking a more immersive and authentic experience, experiential tourism offers an exceptional opportunity to learn directly from local communities and delve into their myths and legends firsthand. By choosing this mode of travel, you can live alongside tribes and learn about their traditions, customs, and mythical stories.

            The elders and shamans of the communities will share their ancestral knowledge and wisdom with you, passing down the teachings from generation to generation. You will hear magical tales about the spirits of the jungle, the gods that govern nature, and the teachings that have guided these communities in their relationship with the environment.

            Experiential tourism will provide you with a deeper understanding of the sacred connection these communities have with the Jungle and how their myths and legends continue to thrive in their daily lives.

              There are many legends you could learn such as the one you just read. If you wish to set off to an adventure and know more about the Jungle and its histories, in Jungle Experiences we have exclusive cruise services.

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