Caricaceae    Quichua: Taruga papaya (deer papaya)

 

An edible wild relative of papaya that can be found in primary forests in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Bélgica Dagua, "Deer Papaya: A Grandfather Returns as a Deer." 

Bélgica Dagua tells the story of a deceased man who returns to his grandchildren as a deer.  When the children are left home alone the deer comes out of the forest as a man and gives them what appears to be papaya.  He tells them he has much more out in his forest garden.  He lays down to take a nap and sends them off to look. But when they go look there is no cultivated garden but only wild forest variant of domestic papaya that deer eat.  When the return to question their sleeping grandfather they cannot find him.  But someone runs off as a deer.

Please cite video as:

Tod D. Swanson,   "Bélgica Dagua, 'Deer Papaya:  A Grandfather Returns as a Deer.'" Youtube video.  3:12.  March 26, 2016. https://youtu.be/KbhMCp4KoZY

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