La Pincoya is a famous mith from the Big Island of Chiloé, in the south of Chile.
One day, Huenchula, Pincoya’s mother, asked her parents to babysit her little daughter and left her in a basket. Mortals were forbidden to look at the baby, but Huenchula’s parents couldn’t resist and saw her. Suddenly, the baby turned into water.
When Huenchula returned home she realised what had happened. So, she took the basket to the sea and poured its content into the water. Then Huenchula went into the depths of the ocean to talk to her husband, Millalobo. When she finished explaining, she saw a boat carrying a beautiful blonde woman. It was her daughter, who Huenchula called Pincoya.
Pincoya helps the Chilote fishermen to find fish. When she faces the ocean, it means that the fishing will be good. If she faces inland, the fishing season will be bad. However, when bad fishing times last for a long time, the fishermen call her and she brings abundance.
When the weather is bad, she looks after them and help them continue their voyage. But, if their ship sinks, she carries their bodies to the Caleuche, a ship where they celebrate and navigate in the sea of the island.