Los Pepos is a sector belonging to La Laguneta de Chejendé, a hamlet with foothills resting on the Carache river mountain ranges, this being a boundary that divides Chejendé with the Carache municipality.
The name of Los Pepos, is due to the abundance of trees called pepos for the inhabitants; however, its name is Sapindus mukorossi.
A tree that produces soap like fruits
The nuts of this tree contain a natural substance with detergent properties that make it an ecological and economical alternative for washing.
The tree called Sapindus mukorossi is famous for being known as “the soap tree”. Native to the mountains at the foot of the Himalayas, it can reach 15 meters in height only at altitudes of 1500 to 2200 meters. Of the same species, in America we find the Sapindus Saponaria species that, in comparison, is more resistant to cold.
Its name means “soap from India”, since its fruits for centuries were used as a natural detergent to wash the body, clothes and hair. Despite being an ecological, economical and effective alternative, after the conquests the use of these plants was put aside, even more so with the arrival and expansion of industrial production.
In addition to being used as a detergent and shampoo with anti-dandruff properties, this species is also used in medicine as an expectorant and as a relief against migraine headaches..
It is because of the abundance of fruits or nuts from these trees that the name is given to this sector, today it is in extinction, the replacement generation no longer wash with nuts or pepo, and the hand of man has had a lot to see in its extinction as the drought due to the long summer.
This sector is located to the East or Levante of Chejendé, approximately 12 kilometers. Being a neighbor of the Japaz sector belonging to the Cuicas parish, Carache Municipality. It only divides the river that limits the two municipalities, serving as a spa for both hamlets and where individuals become one by bathing in the same pool, sharing gatherings and recreational bustles in the water.
The founding families of the sector, according to the stories told by Víctor Castellanos who was my father, “the houses were very distant therefore communication between neighbors was difficult, however the domino game prevailed.” Also the family gatherings in occasional afternoons of the existing families: Cañizales, Castellanos, Morillo, Mogollón, Albornoz, Valera, Godoy, Montilla, Segovia, came to stay and build a family rooted in Christian human values. Where the availability of service abounds with care and love, fulfilling the Christian imperative “Love one another …”
The massive exodus of people is felt in the temporary goodbyes of their towns and this does not escape reality, young people are seen leaving, leaving a family void, mothers with broken hearts when they see their son leave for other countries, without know which Christmas, Easter will come.
This being a popular hamlet that is bordered by a large river with imposing flows, it adopts a vast cultural heritage, from the Carache municipality as its own. chejendino, where traditional games such as Bolas Criollas, Bolo Largo and dominoes are preserved, which is the game of companionship and creating bonds of friendship and fraternity. In music, the guitar and the cuatro are common where the singers form family parties for enjoyment and popular dances..
Agriculture and Economy
In the economic sphere, it is necessary to point out the abundant corn plantings, this being the predominant heading of the sector, beans, cassava, banana, among others.
Livestock is a minorityHowever, it is the summit and economic source, together with its dairy derivatives.
Its gastronomy is varied being the trujillano mojo the predominant, as well as the cachapa with curd.
This sector is forgotten by those who have the obligation to ensure the well-being of the citizen, it does not have optimal roads, it lacks an aqueduct, and in terms of electrification the light is very dim because six years ago a transformer stopped working causing damage of the artifact is still unknown; the footbridge that was to cross the river was dragged by it approximately 16 years ago, the government in turn tries to build another pendant, not holding the bolts due to the weight, it collapses, causing the death of three workers of the same construction. From there to here, all the people run across the river with the luck that it does not have a flood and reach their destination. Hopefully the rulers look with kind eyes to this sector, as well as to many who are in similar situations.
The pepos, like any hamlet in the State of Trujillo, thrives on good and hard-working people, where the fraternity makes itself felt in the treatment of neighbors and strangers, it is respectful and familiar.
Christmas and Easter
There are two times in the liturgical year, framed in the civil year, where joy does not wait, the distinction of both times is noticeable is in the joys of families, where people from other sectors come to share. In the sector the joys are shared, as there are also sadnesses that seize the sector, for example the death of an inhabitant, is also felt by the inhabitants.
The sun shines on the mountains
To speak of Los Pepos is to speak of a solar Oasis, where every morning the sun shines brightly over the green mountains and the morning dew.
His religious fervor is notable in the participation of the Holy Mass, going from the smallest to the oldest, the priest who writes, a native of there, makes a meeting with social activities for all who attend the planned and scheduled site.
It is necessary as a Trujillo to remember your origins, which is an indelible stamp of the idiosyncrasy and culture of being. That is why I say to you, dear reader, that the town where you were born is the best. Don’t forget your personal identity.
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Los Pepos, a solar oasis between mountains and morning dew