Before television and computers found their way to Boruca, villagers would gather around as elders told the myths and legends at the root of Boruca's history, spirituality, identity and pride. Many were lost over time, and no re-telling is the same. Watch the videos to hear the legends, straight from the mouths of the Boruca villagers.

Boruca's Victor Hernandez spoke about the importance of the legends. “Maybe this can be said to be the Boruca religion," he said. "It is the appreciation for the legends that have stayed in the community.”


Victor Hernandez talks about Baile de los Diablitos (or Juego de los Diablitos), the four-day festival that encompasses the pride of Boruca, its identity, and traditions prevailing through colonization.


Victor Hernandez describes the legend of Cuasrán, an important Boruca figure who fled in resistance to Spanish rule. To this day, many Borucas sense his spirit forever watching over the village, and believe he resides in a mountain that overlooks the town.

Hear the story of the great serpent that fell in love with a village girl as told by Boruca's Margarita Morales. Like most of the legends, the story emphasizes the importance of respecting nature.

The Serpent

Two Sisters

Two sisters accepted gifts from mystical creatures while playing in a river filled with natural waterfalls, called Mambran, near Boruca. As punishment they were taken to a lagoon in the mountains where their souls are said to rest. Hear about what happens when the sisters are upset.

“People can believe anything, as long as they realize that being Boruca is to always respect - respect the legends, respect the elders that all have the knowledge."