The name Canimao comes from an old legend in which a great warrior by the name of Canimao fell in loved with a beautiful woman names Cibayara. When he discovered she was sick he went to a great healer who told him that he could save her life and produce and heir if Canimao would be willing to give himself to the Bat God. Canimao did so and the two married and soon Cibayara was pregnant. One morning Canimao left his hut without saying goodbye and took his canoe out on the Jibacauya River. Here he stuck his blade into his chest and fell into the river. From that day onward Cibayara and her and Canimao's son took offerings to the river in honor of Canimao, and the river took his name. That river lies in northern Cuba.
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