Do you know the legend of the CAUTIVA?
Legend has it that in the old town of MOTA, a young woman named Doña Elena was captured by an army commanded by King Caid. The king wanted to make Doña Elena a “Cautiva”, a captured wife for his son.
When Doña Elena refused to obey the king’s orders, she was locked high in the tower of MOTA, where the soldiers walled up the door, and left her to starve.
Months passed before a rescuing army came to recover the town of Mota. When they conquered the tower, the soldiers were sure they would find Doña Elena dead after so many months of isolation. Yet, when they tore down the wall that covered the entrance to her cell everyone was shocked to see Doña Elena weak, but still alive!
“How did you survive?” They all exclaimed.
“It’s a miracle” she said weakly, “I drank the meager drops of dew that collected on a pitcher and a miraculous raven brought me a bit of bread each morning.”
Doña Elena was freed from the tower and recovered from her ordeal. Since then, in honor of the incredible bird (raven=cuervo) that saved her, the town of MOTA has been called MOTA DEL CUERVO.