"Luz Cadena 50 years old
Luz was born in Chandia; she got married with a man from Salinas and moved here when she was sixteen years old. She has eight sons and ten grandchildren. She is waiting for the eleven any day of this week. Definitely she has a farm too, with cows, gooses, lambs and cuis.
The Cui is a special animal, domesticated by the Incas 3000 years A.C, it was, and almost is now a holly “pet”, it is denominate quwi in kichuwa language. Healing and magical properties are attributed to these animals; nowadays shamans scrub black ones around the patient body to find the disease. The Incas were guided through the bowels of these tiny animals to decide their warrior strategies. They reproduce every two months.
In the present times, the cui has a close relationship with the peasant for their care and feeding, when she get married, the family give several pairs of cuis for breeding.
Luz says that since she was child the cuis walked free around the kitchen, even with everything open they never escape.
Luz give vent with me while she knit, that her husband was very bad, she didn’t get divorced because of her children, “Although my husband does not love me, my kids do”, Now that her husband is an old man, she says start feeling freedom. She loves to go for long walks alone on weekends, “I marry being a girl, he was ten years older than me, I got a civil marriage first and I didn’t want to be with him till I got married in the church with my white dress and a crow” she smiles, “I married against my will, I was forced, has been a terrible marriage”
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