La Leyenda de la Tunda

This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Today’s legend comes from the African communities on the Pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador. According to legend, the diablo, or devil, seduced a beautiful African princess who arrived on a slave ship. Not knowing he was the devil, she loved him and had many children. One of those children is La Tunda - a very smelly woman who can change her appearance and put people in a trance by feeding them food cooked in her “trasero”, or bum. I think it is important to note that this legend was very likely altered to scare enslaved people into submission, which is not okay. But if we look closer, as an Afro-Ecuadorian writer recently pointed out, perhaps la Tunda was just trying to free people from enslavement. As a free woman roaming the jungle, she simply wanted to bring more people to her way of life. I hope you enjoy la leyenda de la Tunda. This legend is told in the present tense. Repeated words and phrases include “jungla” (jungle), “esclavos” (slaves), “apesta” (stinks), “trasero” (bum), “víctima” (victim), “diablo” (devil), and “rezar” (pray). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at Happy listening! ¡Muchas gracias por escuchar! Thank you for listening, and a HUGE thank you for your support. I really enjoy creating and sharing simple, comprehensible stories in Spanish. If you would like to help me in that endeavor, consider buying me a coffee at 

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