Legend of Tecun Uman

Tecun Uman was Quiché king who fought with his army against the Spanish conquerors in the battle of Pinal, in which he was fatally wounded by the sword of Don Pedro de Alvarado that pierced his chest. According to the legend, the quetzal bird flew out there, fell on the lifeless body of the Indian chief, his chest covered with blood, and ever since the national bird preserves the red color on its chest.

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