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Coquena

by Micha F. Lindemans
The supernatural protector of the vicuñas in the Quechua folklore of the Puna de Atacama (Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia). Coquena is a little man dressed in white who travels at night driving large herds of vicuña. He punishes those who wantonly kill these animals.

A vicuña is a ruminant mammal belonging to the camel family and is native to the Andes.


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