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The story of the Olivina

Many, many years ago, on the island of Lanzarote, there was a farmer called Tomás el Viejo who was known for having the best sheep. Every summer, his granddaughter Olivina, a teenager with brown skin and green eyes, used to come and help him milk the ewes and do the household chores. Every morning, he would leave early to take his herd where there was the best grass for his herd to feed on. But one very hot day, Tomás came back home early after suffering from a severe heat stroke. His granddaughter Olivina took care of him for the rest of the day. The following day, although he was still feeling poorly, Tomás tried to get up to look after his sheep, but Olivina didn't let him go and offered to look after the herd instead. Given the situation, Tomás couldn't help but let his granddaughter leave with the sheep and he asked her to be very careful so that nothing would happen to any of them.

The story of the Olivina

Olivina was very able and helpful, but a little distracted. On the way, she decided to pick flowers for her grandfather and when it was time to go back, she counted the sheep and realised that one was missing. How did this happen? Quickly, she looked around and spotted the animal at the top of a rocky mountain where it couldn't come down from. She had to get it back! Therefore, Olivina approached as much as she could... but she couldn't get there. The sheep then got scared and fell into the ravine. What would her grandfather say? She was very sad and with the remaining herd, she stopped by the shore and started crying inconsolably. Green coloured tears started falling from her big eyes into the sea and remained as drops that would not dilute. The weeping got to the ears of the Goddess Timanfaya that asked a group of seagulls to pick the strange green tears with their beaks and put them inside volcanic rocks that were the synonym of pain. The Goddess couldn't have guessed that something magical was going to happen. The Rocks and the tears united and created the Olivina, as a symbol of human kindness.

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