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Achamán
Achamán
is the supreme god of the Guanches
Guanches
on the island of Tenerife; he is the father god and creator. The name means literally "the skies", in allusion to the celestial vault (the sky). Achamán, an omnipotent and eternal god, created the land and the water, the fire and the air, and all creatures derived their existence from him. Achamán
Achamán
lived in the heights and sometimes descended upon the summits of the mountains, contemplating his creations. According to legend, Guayota
Guayota
kidnapped Magec
Magec
(the sun) and shut it up in the Teide, plunging the world into darkness. Humans prayed to Achamán
Achamán
who saved Magec, and instead locked Guayota
Guayota
up in the Teide. Another aboriginal legend is that of the creation of the human being, according to which Achamán
Achamán
had created a group of men and women of water and land, giving them cattle for their sustenance. Later he created more people, but he did not give them cattle, indicating that they should serve the first ones. This myth of origin explained the different social classes that existed in the Guanche people. Other names of Achamán
Achamán
are:

Achuhuran Achahucanac Achguayaxerax Achoron

On other islands, its name also varied, however it is not known if they really belong to the same god. Although if they relate to the supreme god:

Acoran (Gran Canaria) Abora
Abora
(La Palma) Orahan (La Gomera) Eraorahan (El Hierro)

In Lanzarote
Lanzarote
and Fuerteventura, the name of the supreme god is unknown. References[edit]

Guanche Religion

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Cultural domain of Canary Islands

History

Guanches Pre-colonial times Conquest Treaty of Alcáçovas First Battle of Acentejo Kingdom of the Canary Islands Battle of Aguere Second Battle of Acentejo Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tenerife
(1657) Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tenerife
(1797) Spanish transition Autonomous community Canarian Parliament

Languages

Guanche† Canarian (Spanish) Gomeran Whistle

Mythology

Gara and Jonay Achamán Achuguayo Achuhucanac Chaxiraxi Chijoraji Guayota Magec Maxios Tibicena

Sports

Bola canaria Canarian wrestling Juego del Palo Salto del pastor Open Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria
Island Open Lanzarote
Lanzarote
Island Open Costa Adeje

Cuisine

Almogrote Canarian arepa Canarian wrinkly potatoes Gofio Malvasia Majorero Miel de palma Mojo Pasteles Ropa vieja Sancocho Sangria Tropical beer Wines

Musical instruments

Chácaras Timple

Traditions

Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival of Las Palmas Bajada (festival) Cavalcade of Magi Holy Week Virgin of Candelaria Cristo de La Laguna Akelarre

Symbols places of the Canary Islands

Teide Auditorio de Tenerife Garajonay Caldera de Taburiente

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