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The Tinajón: Symbol of Camagüey

The rich Cuban oral tradition tells that the residents of the current Camagüey province, when settling in those places of the eastern part of the Island, decided to produce some big utensils of mud to store water.

But the truth is that the Camagueys tinajón (large jar) has been much more than that. It is a relic of the province due to what it has represented for its inhabitants and the utility of this ancestral object. Its one of the first influences that Camaguebax received from Spain, especially from Andalusia.

The tinajón was placed in the gardens of the houses with wide portals, where it can still be observed half of its round form buried under channels that bring the fresh water from the red tiles roofs. The tinajónes and the tile roofs were produced in the handmade shops of the region, denominated tejares. They used mud from the Sierra de Cubitas.

The TinajónThe Andalusians took the tinajón or aljibe (reservoir) used in their land to keep the production of oil coming from their olive groves as pattern. However, it is also said they were also used for the transportation of grains, wines and any other product. The term aljibe denotes an Arabian origin, part of the Moorish heritage in the Spanish lands. The tinajón was also related with the love to the couple and their mother land, as says an old adage reminds: "The one that takes water of the tinajón will remain forever in this place."

Or also this one: "The young man that takes water of the tinajón, must be captivated by a woman from Camagüey and remain forever in this land." The legends of the tinajón denote a close relationship between the residents and their traditions. They are faithful preservers of their cultural assets, including their architecture, environment and intellectual life. It is necessary to highlight that the national poet of Cuba, Nicolás Guillén, is illustrious son of Camagüey, the city called" The Land of the Tinajones."

The origin of the name of Camagüey seems to be in the voice Camaguebax, name of an indigenous cacique of the area. The village was named Santa María del Puerto del Principe was one of the first sevens founded by the Spanish colonizers in Cuba.