On the Travels of the Jesuit Father

Pagri  Purishkamanda

    They say that the fathers walked to the village of San Jose, the village of Loreto the village of Avila.  To name [the babies] and marry people they walked a lot.  The first one who walked about carried a cold with him, the fleghm sickness. So that as he passed all the babies he named, the young people he left married were no more, they would just die, finished off with the cold sickness.
    When all those lives were no more, people asked  "What is going on?"  This happened because of the coming of the priest. That father priest caries sickness, as he walked it is loosed on us and we were left like this.    
    A long time later he arrived once again.  Again he named them.  Again he married them.  They had been living fine but now he left them with measles.  As soon as he left all of the children, the old people began dying of measles so that the village almost ceased to exist.  Because of this [the surviving relatives] became angry.  In their anger they said "No" This happened because that Father is walking around, that it happened like this is completely the fault of his visit.  So they went to ask their head man to kill him.  But he said "No" "How could we kill a man who walks about like that with good council?  How could we shed the blood of a man who walks about giving good words?"
    Because he said this they again let it go.  After that the priest again returned to their town.  It was a long, long time later that he came again, again he married them, naming them, the little children and the old people.  He was a man who had heart.  When he arrived he would again marry and baptize.  In those beginning times San Jose, Avila and Loreto were towns. They had bells.  ...He had brought six bells.  When he arrived the bells would gather the people to listen.
    So when he came back again to Loreto, to Avila, to San Jose, once again he brought still another sickness.  Camaris this sickness was called.  Because of that sickness the children and the old people were finished even more than before, they died off.  Even more than before they were finished off.  The [survivors] said "No! If he comes here again we must kill him.  Give us permission, our captain" they said, "if he should come here again."  "You know what your are doing," he answered.
    They began to wait.  Then when they were lying in wait he came.  They captured him.  They did not just let him die easily.  They killed him by making fun of him in all kinds of ways.  The women mixed their urine and feces like it was chicha and they made him drink it. Beating him hard they killed him.  (CONCERNING THE TRAVELS OF THE JESUIT FATHERS, Translated by Tod Swanson from the Quichua text in Foletti, 1985: 150-152.)

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