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Legend of the Llama in "Andean Folk Knits" by Marcia Lewandowski:
"Many years ago, during the time of the Inca, there lived two young people, one the daughter of the Inca and the other a son of the realm. They were in love and desired to be with each other. Because of the maiden's great beauty, she had been dedicated to serve Inti in the Temple of the Virgins of the Sun. According to the law, she was forbidden, under penalty of death, to marry any man. But her love for the young man was so great that one night she escaped from the temple, and the couple fled into the countryside. When the Inca discovered her crime, he ordered them to be captured and killed. The mother of the maiden begged her husband to have pity on them, and the Inca relented and spared their lives, but condemned them to exile. The mother knew that they were living with great hardships and sought help from Viracoche, the compassionate creator-god. He took pity on the young lovers and turned the into a pair of llamas When the INca heard of these strange animals that had such a human way of looking and acting, he ordered them captured and brought to him. When he saw them, he at once recognized his daughter and her mate. He decreed that for their indiscretion they would be put to work serving the Incan people. And that is why the proud and gentle llamas, whose demeanor so closely resembles their owners, bear the burden of the highland people to this day"(p. 79).