The Guanches Believed Teide Peak Housed the Devil in the Canary Islands.
The Guanches, the indigenous people of the Canary Islands, believed that the peak of Teide, the highest point in Spain, housed the devil and considered it sacred. The Guanches were the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands, who arrived on the archipelago some time in the first millennium BC. They spoke the Guanche language, which went extinct in the 17th century and is believed to have been related to Berber languages. The Guanches were isolated from the continental civilizations and free to develop their own way of life, which saw the rise of a unique culture.
Mount Teide, located on the island of Tenerife, is the fourth-tallest volcano in the world and the highest point in Spain. The Guanches believed that the peak of Teide was the gateway to hell and that the devil lived inside the mountain. They also believed that the mountain was the home of their god Guayota, who was imprisoned inside the mountain by the supreme god Achaman. The Guanches’ mythology and religion were closely tied to nature, and they worshipped the sun, the moon, and the rain.