These are the names of the principle, past and present rulers in the oral tradition of Managuara. This is a segment from the recital of the Cantares del Pinol.
Hear, hear my chanting that here I come with the accounts of our lords and ladies of Manauele, rulers of Managuara. I bring with me the Alforjas with the harvest. Twice my hands and twice my feet I carry in my Alforja.
And once the Great Mother had created the children of corn at the Antawinikil cave, they became many and they inhabited the valleys, the mountains and the sea shores. Manauele was their name, Managuara was their land. There in the cave was the place of the ornaments for the princess and the prince. Three days she walked from the cave to the house by the sea. Great lords and ladies they were. Eighteen times has passed the Mecate and eighteen time has this song been chanted.
1.Jax-ju Comizahual I, princess of Torolag, Patroness of all tribes. Wife of prince Gualacolop-ti. She was made patroness of the foreign seamen at Canoguero (Seafares point) at ancient Malenca.
2.Comizahual II, grand daughter of the nobles of Torolag, Monarch and founder of the Lenca Kingdom of Managuara Najochan. (Eastern and Insular region of El Salvador and southern Honduras, with royal holdings on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua and sarapiqui). Her court was made by all chiefs and lords of all villages who met in a gathering named "Guancasco".
3.Naju Kuta Balam I, son of Comizahual II, crown prince of Oromontike, later Uxulvotan (Usulutan) his father was a warrior and chief from the northern lands.
4.Texcuanic Colop I, son of Comizahual II , crown prince of Kelepa and the territories alongside Mayucuayquin river. This was the first monarch who created an army for defense in our land.
5.Kilimajax Kanul I, son of Comizahual II, crown prince of Managuara (El Encantado) and the Islands of Roatagua or Fonseca Gulf. He was founder of the lakeside villages of de Makigue and Olomik (Olomega).He established markets at the royal precinct of Managuara (Higueral) where merchants from many tribes and navigators from the sea came to trade goods.
6.Seňor de la Piedra del Rayo (Lord of the flint of the Thunder), 13th Monarch of the Eagle people (Maya Chorti) who arrived to Lenca land and established the house of Sesoli. (Cacahuatike). He was the last lord of Copan who made the journey with his people to Lenca Taulepa land. They were the Eagle people, who intermarried with the Jaguars and strengthened the royal house.
7.Ixinol Mek I (the warrior), daughter of Lord of the Flint who was the prince of Cacaguatique.She established an army to defend the Lencas from constant attacks by a Cholutecan tribe. She granted royal patronage to the lands under administration of governor and captain Raiti. In the last battle the princess invaded the Cholutecans and exterminated their royal family, conquering them and bringing them under rule of the Lenca crown . She expanded the kingdom by re creating the journey of her ancestors to near current Copan Honduras. On their return they brought brethrens who have been previously left behind during their exodus. Her children were the rulers of the Houses of Perquin and Cacaopera.
8.Comizahual III, daughter of Kilimajax Kanul and the princess of Intipuca, Monarch of the Lencas, She established the industry of masonry and the making of grinding stones at Queiquin (San Alejo).She established a royal decree that regulated the creation of settlements no more than a day of walking distance from each other.
9.Itanaj Kanul I, Son of Comizahual III and Chikaran Ilalauas of Guarrapuca, he was monarch of the Lencas and fought against the uprising of the small tribe of Chaparastiques, who invaded and burnt the village of Sesori, creating an intergenerational rivalry.
10.Asisilcan Nachan I, son of Atonim Ulap "the weaver" established peace with the Choluteca tribe and celebrates the peace pact of Nacaome, naming the village "Nacaome" (union of two races), in this way the Lenca continued to be a unified kingdom.
11.Antu Silan Ulap I, daughter of Asisilcan Nachan I y Lady Omomatku who was sister of Omomatzitl of Cacahuatike , Antu was a princess of the Lencas, her kingdom saw the invasion headed by Luis de Moscoso. She organized the Lenca resistance against the first European incursion. As the conflict worsened, she was taken by the elders to a safe haven called "Naymalap" (El Tihuilotal), here she gave birth to twins, a baby girl and a baby boy. The birth of twins is considered a symbol of blessing and continuity among Lencas.
12.Atonim Silan I, daughter of Princess Antu Silan Ulap I and Prince Salaiki Kanul from Sesori. They had two sons and a daughter who lived in the mountains near the lake Olomega and Maquigue, in this way they escaped the invading hunters.
13.Reymundo Romero I, grand son of Atonim Silan I. From the noble family of Sesori Cacahuatique, maintained his status as a local leader and organized an armed militia to defend the east from potential invasion by William Walker, he also rallied in support of Francisco Morazan and Gerardo Barrios at the time when El Salvador did not have a real army. He also organized militias during the overthrow of the republic, destroying fences, burning churches in the east, before joining forces with (Jiboan) Nonualcan prince Anastacio Aquino. Reymundo's lands became part of the current departments of San Miguel, La Union, Morazan and Usulutan in El Salvador. This conflict saw thousands of families from the west, move to the east, seeking safer settlements, away from San Salvador.
14.Margarita Romero I, last survivour of the Omomatzitl family, bearer of the noble title of the House of Sesori, she married Gabriel Guevara, and moved to Managuara Mananica and Pukaroa (Loma Larga). They are both buried at El Nance Dulce cemetery.
15.Francisca Barbara Guevara Romero I, Daughter of Margarita, bearer of the two noble tittles of the house of Sesori Cacahuatique and the Lencas of Managuara. She married Juan Chevez, a half French half indigenous man from a village called Uluazapa. She retired from duties and ascended her only grandson to the Princely title. Her successor in the role of Comizahual is her eldest granddaughter B.N.A (in exile).
16.Jose Benito Chevez Romero I, Son of Francisca and Juan, he married Maria Angela Fuentes Larios, a fourth generation of migrant Larios family from Malaga Spain. Benito had four daughters and one son. Benito studied "community development at the "El Castaño Rural University". In 1980, the El Salvador government declared the university as a bastion of communism and all students were listed as enemies of the state. Benito went into hiding for many years while many of his classmates were murdered by the death squads.
17.Leonel Antonio Chevez I, (Antonio) only son of Jose Benito, bearer of the noble title of both houses, the House of the Jaguar and the House of the Eagle. He was raised and educated by Francisca (Comizahual IV), under her direction he was trained in Maya Lenca culture, Medicine, community development and many other areas of expertise which were needed during the El Salvador civil war (1980-1992). He went into exile to Australia in July 1996 and in 1997, at the small St. Mary's Chapel,West End Brisbane, he was proclaimed Manaueliek , the royal successor . He is the only contemporary Mesoamerican indigenous person who has defied the modern legislation banning royal tittles, and has publically accepted his royal role in exile.
The names of the great leaders described above are only a small list of many illustrious individuals, who have contributed to the survival of our nation. They come from many tribes within the realm, and they made great sacrifices to ensure our continuity. We are grateful for their dedication and resolve. Today, you and I have the duty to ensure that their efforts were not in vain. Get involved in the royal initiatives of the House of the Jaguar.
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