The secret of the tinajones

An urban legend tells that the secret of manufacturing the tinajones (a large wide-mouthed jars for catching rain), those that gave their name to Camagüey city, disappeared more than thirty years ago. A state-owned factory and some artisans are able to replicate them in a small and a medium scale, but those huge reservoirs of water are works of ancient skills.

Nevertheless, in San Miguelito, a small village outside the city, they insist on living from the clay and as a dislocated industry they replicate in each house hundreds of figures and clay vessels with ornamental purposes; while reinventing the lost secret of the tinajones.

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