A tomb that distributes hope to people

Vanushca Cardenas Barajas Tomb

A legend from Xela… Vanuscha Cardenas was the daughter of a gypsy family from Spain. When she and her family migrated to Xela, Guatemala, Vanuscha fell in love with a boy whose family was very rich. So the guy’s family didn’t want them to get together and sent him to the city for school. Meantime, Vanuscha died from her love for this guy at the age of 17. And her lover never knew what happened to her until he actually came back to Xela. So today, lovers of Xela visit her, bring her flowers, write on her tomb what they want from her, which is usually to reach their love. After a while, the entire tomb gets covered with wishes. Because of this reason, the cemetery paints her tomb every once in a while. When I came to Xela for the first time, it was green. Today when I went there it was pink and cleaner. If you ever wanna visit her, her tomb is on the second left turn from the entrance. It is very interesting to read the notes on her tomb. And apart from Vanuscha, the central cemetery is a must-see place in Xela. It is definitely gorgeous.

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  • @Pinar, congratulation on the launching of XelaDailyPhoto. Slowly but surely you will build a great resource. Best of luck in the upcoming weeks, months, years! 😉

    • Puchis Rudy, te quedó chilero.. con los colores de la bandera del Sexto Estado

  • What a sad but beautiful story, a real Romeo & Juliet. I never made it to Xela when I visited Guatemala, & I can’t wait to get to know it thru your photos! Good luck with your new site!

    • pinar

      Thanks janna for your good wishes.
      It is a sad story…

  • Isa

    Te deceo mucha suerte con esta pagina.
    I’ll be waiting for the next post.

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  • Eddie Zuniga

    Felicitaciones compas, y buena suerte poneme en el listado tambien.

  • Thanks for the best wishes 🙂

  • Hi Pinar, Congratulations on the new site. and on your story, I didn’t knew about Vanuscha,

    Enjoy fiambre on Xela :-))

    @rudy no Disqus here ?

  • Uff!!! Love the way you are portraying the stories!!! This one is amazing!!! Thank you!!! 🙂

    • pinar

      Thanks Arturo 🙂

  • Manolo

    Enhorabuena!!! Now I will have to subscribe to this RSS! Excellent work Pinar.
    Long life to XDP!

    • pinar

      Thanks for your encouraging feedback, Manolo!

  • Cristina

    Congratulations Pinar!
    There´s a song by Alvaro Aguilar (ex Alux Nahual) about Vanushka.
    There´s lots of very interesting tombs at the Xela cemetery, that I¨m sure your readers would enjoy!

    • pinar

      Thanks for letting me know about the song, Cristina. I will look for it on youtube. Curious to hear how it sounds.