The Legend Of The Dead Woman
There are many folktales about the origins of the silhouette of a woman who appears to be sleeping, lying on her back with her hands resting on her chest.
You can see her resting on the Segovian side of the Sierra de Guadarrama with the three peaks known as the Pinareja, Peña del Oso and the Pasapán Peak.
During the spring time her imposing figure is dressed in green. And during the winter, you will see her keeping warm under a white blanket the clouds extend as they pass by.
Among the many stories that tell us about her, this is my favorite.
The story goes that a long, long time ago there was a beautiful, strong and courageous woman, with a humble heart.
She was courted by a handsome knight, a true gentleman and a professional soldier, with an impeccable reputation.
One day, a young, happy and jovial man arrived in the town. He seduced the beautiful woman with actions, rather than words, demonstrating his determination to love her for ever.
The knight, full of rage and jealousy, challenged the young man because he felt dishonored. They agreed to meet at dusk at the foot of the mountains in order to resolve their dispute with steel.
The young woman found out and went looking for the soldiers. Upon finding them, a heartrending scream pierced the heavens.
She found her beloved on the ground mortally wounded.
The soldier, consumed by jealousy, took out his dagger and pierced the woman’s chest with it, killing her in the act.
Both families caused trouble in the town. –You killed my daughter! You weren’t her true love!
In the middle of so much conflict a great storm broke out and a sensible voice was heard, putting an end to this dispute:
Miserable people! You are selfish that let yourselves be ruled by passion and jealousy! She was the only innocent one! You will disappear without a trace! But she will have a tomb that will live on forever in memory!
At this very moment the mountains rose up, burying all the hate, rage, and jealousy on the earth, creating the Mujer Muerta, the silhouette of the woman who died for all of them.
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