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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.
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