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Chapala legends in print

The Chapala municipal government has released a limited edition of “Leyendas de Chapala,” a collection of local myths based on oral folk tales handed down through the generations.

The 80-page tome comprises a dozen short yarns penned by eleven authors, selected from among more than 30 entries submitted in a writing contest held last year.

Pedro Ramírez Hernández earned first place award for “Antolín,” crafted as a first person account of the how Indian chief Tecuexe embarked on a hunting expedition to select the spot for the lakeshore’s earliest human settlement.

The books are being sold for 70 pesos each, but with only 50 copies put into print, the supply is already running short. Any that remain available, along with information about placing orders for a second edition, may be obtained at the temporary offices of the Archivo Histórico Municipal (municipal archives) set up in the rear section of the craft store located on Avenida Madero, two doors north of the city hall building.

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