This collection of four short stories written in Spanish integrates folklore and historical events in the early days of Belize’s western border settlement of “Old Bank” or Benque Viejo as the settlers called it. Each story describes an experience with the supernatural presented in a cultural context within a changing society.
erase una vez en Benque Viejo
Author: David N. Ruiz
Paperback: 130 pages – 10 illustrations
25th Anniversary Edition: September 2016
(1st Edition August 1990)
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Written in Spanish
Old Benque is a collection of four short stories written in Spanish which integrate folklore and prime historical events in the early days of the settlement of “old bank” or Benque Viejo, as the settlers called it.
Each story presents an experience with the supernatural claimed as real by the old generation and is presented in a cultural context within the changing society. The collection in fact represents a scenario of the main beliefs coupled with a changing order as related by the remaining few who treasure the past.
We hope this 25th anniversary edition may continue to promote the magic of the oral tradition in western Belize among generations to come.