THE LEGEND OF THE SAD INDIAN

The tragedy of the sad Indian, neighbor of Mexico City, reflects the Indigenous situation, prevailing in the XVI century. According to the tradition, various members of the natal Indian nobility, had presented themselves in their own initiative to the Spanish government and offered their services arguing that finally they had freed themselves from the tyranny of Moctezuma. Many nobles and land bosses called “caciques” were used by the Spanish as spies to prevent conspiracies and uprisings from the Indians, worked that assured them a special treatment, similar to the treatment received by the own Spanish, one of these spies was privileged enough by having the favors of the viceroy which made him have a house in the Spanish republic. He also had plantations and cattle fields and barnyard birds and he also walked freely through the republic of the Indians. He was a truly powerful man.

Nonetheless, the rich spy, tormented by the collapsing of the world of his ancestors, fell into the vices of winners and losers and little by little he became brutal due to the effects of pulque and alcohol, gambling and women. Living constantly in excesses, kept him from finding out about a conspiracy, which the viceroy found out about by other sources. The careless spy, even though he saved himself from going to jail, he saw himself stripped from all his possessions, and his properties were unwary, brutalized and confused, the formerly exalted character saw himself reduced to misery with the despise from both sides. In this manner, he sat himself in crouched in a squat, in the corner of what used to be his house and spent the whole day depressed and living of public charity. The neighbors got accustomed to seeing him there and because of the image he represented he was given the name of the Sad Indian. Some time later, he stopped eating and he died on the street, but the image of a sad Indian, in a squat, that yearned all the greatness he lost, stayed in the memory of the inhabitants of the city and is part of the popular imagination.

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