The Legend of the Toborochi

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The first tree pictured in this video is the toborochi.

Legend of the Toborochi Tree

When the world was still very new, the Aña, or spirits of the darkness, liked to abuse and murder humans. Then they found out that the beautiful daughter of cacique Ururuti, who had married the god Colibri (hummingbird), was pregnant and would give birth to a son who would punish them, so they decided to kill her. With the help of a flying seat her husband had given to her, Araverá fled from the village, but the evil spirits followed her and harassed her wherever they found her hiding. Tired, she decided to hide in the trunk of a Toborochi tree where she gave birth to her son in peace. The boy grew up and fulfilled the prophecy, avenging his mother, who had to stay inside the tree until she died. Forever buried in the amphora-shaped trunk of a Toborochi, Araverá likes to come outside in the shape of a beautiful flower that attracts hummingbirds, that way, she keeps contact with her husband. This legend is from Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

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According to the CADEFOR (Centro Amazónico de Desarrollo Forestal) the scientific name of the toborochi tree is Chorisia speciosa. We're told the word "toborochi" means "tree of refuge" or "sheltering tree".

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Toborochis in Bloom in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Toborochi Trees

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