Legend of Puntan Dos Amantes (two lovers point) from 1970's plaque at ns.gov.gu

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The following excerpt was taken from the two-lovers-point plaque, Upper Tumon.

When Spain ruled Guam, a proud family lived in Agana, the capital city. The father was a wealthy spanish aristocrat and the Mother was a pretty chamorita whose father was a renown chief. They had a vast estate and were held in high esteem by all, Chamorro and Spanish alike. However, the best reason for their great pride and dignity was their beautiful daughter. She was honest, modest; her charm so natural that her beauty impressed everyone around her. looking past ledge at clifftop

One day, a powerful arrogant spanish captain came to ask the father for his daughter's hand in marriage. The proud father decided that the captain would be his daughter's husband. When the girl discovered the pact, she was so disillusioned that she ran from the house and wandered along the shore where the sea soothed her with its silence and peace.

While walking along the shore, she met a young, gentle, strongly built and handsome chamorro man from a very modest Chamorro family. He was lost in his solitary thoughts, his gentle eyes seemed to be studying the lonely stars and seeking some meaning to them. They shared their thoughts and desires and fell in love. When the father of the girl learned about the two lovers, he became angry and demanded that she marry the powerful spanish captain. No one could keep the father from announcing the date of the marriage to the spanish captain. That day, at sundown, she stole out of the house to meet the Chamorro young man. She joined him near the high point where they had first met and watched the stars appear.

Upon discovery that his daughter was gone, the father told the captain that his daughter had been kidnapped by the chamorro boy. The father, the captain and all the spanish soldiers pursued the lovers up to the high cliff above Tumon Bay. The horsemen slowed their pace as they neared the high peak knowing that the lovers were trapped. The lovers realized that they were with few options. The young man shouted a warning for the men to stay back and the father signaled the men to halt. The couple stood at the very edge of the cliff. The young man and lady took the long strands of their hair and tied them together into a rope-like knot. The two acted as if they were absolutely alone. They looked deeply into each others' eyes and kissed for the final time. Instantly, the young couple leaped down the long, deep cliff into the roaring waves below.

In anguish, the father rushed to the edge, he peered down and only saw the floating hair of the lovers. The father understood the symbolism of their hair tied together. Since that day, the Chamorros looked to the jutting peak by Tumon Bay with a kind of reverence. They pay respect to the young couple who showed them that real love comes from the entwining of two souls, true to one another in life and in death. Forever after, the high point on the cliff was known as "Two Lovers Point."


Cliff bulges from bottom

Looking down from the Guam's lovers leap, the bottom of the cliff bulges outward. Guam Police Rescuers had validated through anecdotal evidence (from bodies retrieved by rapelling from the cliff during the 1980's) that it is not possible for the lovers to hit the seawater from Two Lovers Point. This conclusion was authenticated by retired Guam Police Captain Dave Camacho on 2012. Consequently, the version from the 1970's plaque is flawed in its story ending.

This legend arose from an original Chamoru oral history ( http://guam.org.gu/twoloverscave ) of a young mattao warrior who took as his bride a mangachang girl who was of a different ancestral lineage ( http://guam.org.gu/gary.heathcote.muscle/Vilar2012.pdf ). The timeline for the original folktale would be prior to European contact during the Latte era A.D. 900-1000. This carbon date of the Latte area was established by Dr. Hiro Kurashina in 1990. The sea level during that time had stabilized to the same height as it is in modern times (Carson, Mike T. 2012. pg 65)

Since Guam legends are based on mneumonics (metaphors used for commemoration in memory) the act of 'leaping' into the heavens may be symbolic for a traditional celestial navigation mneumonic. Ancient Guam was a maritime star navigational society and precontact legends are sometimes mapped in the heavens. The lovers may have been commemorated in a constellation (an example would be gemini).

Further comment: The Guam Visitor's Bureau during the 1970's published a handbook, "Guam, USA Gateway to Micronesia" which corrected the ending of the poignant legend La Punta de Dos Amantes (Two Lovers Point legend above). According to this depiction, two young lovers were about to be separated as a consequence of the decision of the girl's father to give his daughter in marriage to a young Spanish officer with great promise. The young mestiza girl and her indigenous Chamorro suitor fled into the hills, where they hid from pursuers for many days. Finally they were cornered on the top of the lookout point, and chose death instead of separation. They tied their hair together, and locked in an embrace, leaped to their death on the rocks below. Guam has many legends, but this is one of the most unforgettable. Authored by Rudolph Villaverde.

Two lovers point Guam from platform perspective.

Bibliography

Kurashina, Hiro (ed.) 1990 Archaeological Investigations at the Naval Facility (NAVFAC) Ritidian Point, Guam, Mariana Islands. Report prepared for Department of the Navy. Mangilao: Micronesian Area Research Center, University of Guam.

Carson, Mike T. Evolution of an Austronesian Landscape: The Ritidian Site in Guam. Journal of Austronesian Studies 3(1) June 2012.

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