A Song About Amancaes

Judy Glattstein jgglatt@gmail.com
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:27:30 PDT
My brother, an anthropologist, gave me this tidbit when I was writing a 
book about bulbs. From my research notes:

_Amencaes_ is the Peruvian name for their native summer daffodil, used 
as its species name, _Hymenocallis_ _amencaes_. My brother, Ben Orlove, 
remembers a song he'd heard, a "vals criollo" that mentions the flowers. 
Written and composed by Chabuca Granda, this kind of waltz used to be 
popular on the coast of Peru. The lyrics go something like this: 
"Elegantly dressed in traditional style, wearing a poncho of white 
linen, "Jose Antonio" is an accomplished horseman, showing fine mastery 
riding his horse. Why, asks the woman, why did he leave her, hoping that 
when he returns to see the amancay in bloom, he will sweep her up on his 


Judy in New Jersey where there are gray and gloomy skies but 
temperatures are high enough for precipitation to descend as rain rather 
than the white stuff

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