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Pincoya by GENZOMAN Pincoya by GENZOMAN
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.

One story is told of a fisherman from Buta Chauques in the Chilotan archipelego. When Miguel Angel Conuecar did not return from fishing, his two younger brothers, José Alberto and Juan Carlos recounted that their brother landed on a small rocky island from which he looked and pointed with his right hand the Pincoya. They saw their brother throw himself into the sea heading to where the goddess was and they both disappeared. They believed he had drowned. Months later, Miguel Angel appeared disguised, very cheerful and fortunate in everything he realized. What had this young fisherman done in all the time he was missing? He never said. However, on moonlit nights, he would go to the beach and sit tirelessly gazing at the spot where he disappeared with the Pincoya. Was he in love? It was a secret which was never revealed. Miguel Angel was happy, no other woman in his locality interested him. Was his love the Pincoya? There were many questions which only he could answer.

According to other legends, the Pincoya had a sister. The sister was the Sirena chilota (a type of Mermaid). Their brother was the Pincoy. All three drowned and now continue on as ghosts who lead travelers to 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

A work done around early june. PSCS/Bamboo/6 hours/music: Feint - Epica

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Elitahime Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Its really epic!!! I love it! :handshake:
ScachioC Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Muy buena la leyenda de la Pincoya, al igual que este arte ;D 
MeridianMermaid Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love how she looks really cute, but not someone to be messed with! I love how her tail reminds me of a tiger babr. Would I be able to use this image on my tumblr? Please let me know! <3
VeteserusLupus Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Perfect art))
Pabloibaceta Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
que bien es de chile donde yo vivo buen trabajo te quedo bien
Nikkusangheili33 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just awesome :D
Benthos1 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Beautiful, I also love South American mythology!
ArtistOtaku91 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Pretty sure Miguel Angel Bounarrotti never met with the goddess of the sea...
AshWillSlash Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks a bad and arrogant girl.
BarkingBone Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
What lovely colors...those blue scales are awesome.
roxxiekun Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
:iconrlyplz: Puedes dibujar al Pincoy y a la Sirena Chilota?
guchoart Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Bien dibujada

Acá va un relato sobre una sirena [link]
supatiger777 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Nice work. Really beautiful
Digigirl-8th-kari Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
je, se parece a Lindsay Lohan cuando era bonita
ScourgeofSlovakia Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
nunca antes había visto un dibujo tan hermoso de la pincoya! de verdad logra representar todo lo que la mitologia cuenta de ella ^^ bien hecho!
Kyro-san Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Me encantan tus dibujos che, son geneales :)

I like your pics, they are great!!!
gtamythmaster43 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
That looks amazing!
Majardia Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really really pretty, I love reading all the stories too!
TabithaRobin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Love all the colors in this picture, it is great.
annewipf Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Beautiful :D
elfvale Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice
dragon8writer Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
labrujabeatrice Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
me encanto, soy de chile y este mito es muy popular aqui,me gusto mucho la ilustracion :3
bella-Winry Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
la pincoya! :boogie: yo soy chilena tambien ^^
SChan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
gorgeous work!
EVAUnit4A Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist
Awesome work. :clap: :winner:
I like the lighting & colors, and the imagery of her chewed-up wings (even though I usually don't like wings on a mermaid :shakefist:).
NeriSiren Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I like those jagged, shard-like fins around her hips, and the bat-like, jagged seaweed wrapped around her arms. This is a very interesting story! I had never heard of the Pincoya, or the island of Chiloe. Now I'm really interested!
Pug-In-The-Mug Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
waaaaaaaaaaaaw...she's pretty :la:
zutaralover97 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful artwork!! I wish I could do that... :tears: :jawdrop: she's so beautiful!! no wonder she's the godess of sea fertility.
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Stunning Art!!! Love the way you put in the story behind you work...
Manjaro-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome story. love the picture too. :D
ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
zaterrangirl Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
una buena layenda de mi querido pais ^^
esta excelente!
amateurbrazilian Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Señor Genzo...
Entendes um pouco de português??

Encontrei.. un desenho seu em um dos cadernos escolares.

Un chamado WarGods..

Um semelhante a esse acima...

Irei lhe mandar uma foto contendo a imagem.
amateurbrazilian Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
mr genzo.. i'
LadyBeelze Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
espectacular :D
un icono de las tradiciones :3
PinK-BanG Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
increible trabajo :D
zencasto Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
I've always loved mermaids. This is awesome. Brilliant job.
AllSeeingMirror Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Student Writer
Damn i'm impressed
ihartsnape Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, very enthralling work, and I love the legend it is based on! :)
TheLordDarkWolf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
great looking character :)
Te quedo expectacular
¿De que parte de Chile eres?
twincastX Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
very clean and calm. nicely done.
Brujitaloveskurama Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Student General Artist
En verdad está hermosa <33
Creo que esa historia la habia oido
Me gusta la ilustracion pero la parte del cabello quedó algo extraña.. no sé XD
Seindorf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Perfect as always!
FallenNecro Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
Your art is amazing!
Er-gabo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
looks like chilean :D lol hahhahahaha
ta genial
Dieffi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this beautyful picture in my mermaid-feature!
I hope you will agreed!
SAKRANGELUS Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
muy buen dibujo te felicito :D
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