Taparaco Myth

Author: Beatrice Glow
‘To begin, I would like to tell you about the moth.
In my family, the moth is the messenger of death. When a family member passes away in Taiwan, before receiving a phone call about the sad news, we receive a visitor moth in our house in California, United States. In 2006, after the family in Taiwan relocated six ancestral tombs, for six consecutive days one moth arrived each day in California, each one fluttering in the living room in front of the family until reaching its permanent rest. Because of these mystic messengers, or shall we say ancestors in the last stage of their lives, I have traveled through North America, Asia and Latin America, in the last few years, learning about my family in the diaspora.
In this journey, I have received many clues about insect messengers in other cultures. A Dominican friend once told me that a black butterfly in her country also delivers messages from the “other world.” The monarch butterfly migrates from Canada to Mexico for the Day of the Dead. And in Peru, I found the stories of the blue flies, the grasshopper and thetaparacos, a Quechua word for a brown butterfly with patterns on its wings that look like a map or a surreal landscape, as well as owl-like eyes on its wings that betray the living; it is said that in order to break the death spell, one must pierce the gaze of the taparaco with a needle to change destiny.’ – Taparaco Myth, BeatriceGlow.org
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Location Code: MON.GLB
Language: English, Chinese, Spanish
Published by: Beatrice Glow
Year of Publication: 2009
No. of Pages: 213