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Perhaps it was because that day, Magec, the sun god, shone more intensely than usual. Or maybe it just seemed that way to him. The point is that when he emerged from his hideaway to be blinded by the glare emanating from the sky, Guayota felt the hatred he already harboured against the Lord of Sun and Light intensify by the minute. Without stopping to ponder the cause of this aversion, the malevolent god headed straight for Magec and, without uttering a word, took him prisoner. Guayota shut Magec inside Echeyde, his lair and the highest mountain on the island, with the intention of never letting him go.

It wasn’t long before the Guanches noticed that the deity responsible for bringing light every morning was missing. The whole world had suddenly been plunged into complete darkness. An appeal to Achamán, the supreme god, was the only means to restore normality. And Achamán heeded their prayers. Working out who was to blame was by no means difficult and Achamán swiftly made his way to Guayota’s hideout.

There, he found Magec and his captor. After freeing the former, who instantly brought back light to the planet, Achamán and Guayota waged such a battle that it was heard in every corner of the known world. The Supreme God made his omnipotence felt and overcame Guayota, whom he decided to imprison forever inside his lair. To ensure that the captive would never be able to escape, Achamán sealed the mountain’s crater. Since then, Guayota has made himself felt only occasionally, demonstrating his rage by throwing lava, dust and stone from the mouth of Echeyde. There has been no sign of these mythical tantrums since 18 November 1909, the date of the last registered eruption of Mount Teide.