Prudencia Ayala

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Prudencia Ayala (Sonzacate, April 28, 1885 - San Salvador, July 11, 1936), Salvadoran author and social activist who fought for women's rights in El Salvador.


She came from a primarily indigenous family, her parents were Aurelia Ayala and Vicente Chief. When she was ten years old, her family moved to Santa Ana City, where she started her elementary studies in María Luisa de Cristofine's elementary school. She never finished her studies due to the lack of economic resources in her family, developing an autodidact formation.

She learned to sew and worked as a seamstress along with her future activities. She assured she had the capacity of predicting the future through messages she received from "mysterious voices". This allowed her to gain some relevance among her relatives, making her gain fame and recognition despite the unlikely truth of her predictions. This statement also provoked criticism and mockery from some social groups.

Her predictions were published in Santa Ana's newspapers, where she's referred to as "la sibila santaneca". In 1914, she predicted the fall of Germany's Kaiser and the entry of the USA to war. From then on her name would take relevance because of her feminist approaches and the esoteric of her person.[1]


  1. ^ Rutgers at the Wayback Machine (archived November 21, 2004)