Volcanoes Romance - Mexican Myth
Volcanoes are fascinating but rarely associated to human
myths like that occurs with the most remarkable Mexican volcanoes Popocatépetl
and Iztaccíhuatl, the second and third higher mountains in Mexico located in the
Sierra Volcánica that runs from the Gulf to the Pacific coast.
Located 50 miles southeast of Mexico City, the
Iztaccíhuatl is an extinct volcano that the Aztec mythology named the "sleeping
woman" (Izta) the popular name that still remains. Beyond, Popocátepetl (Smoking
Mountain) by the side of her beloved fiancé.
Popocatépetl was an Aztec warrior who fell in love
with the daughter of a rival tribe in the surroundings of the area in which
these mountains are located. Iztaccíhuatl was deep in love and asked her father
for permission to marry Popocatépetl.
Initially, his father did not agree, but later he
found a better solution sending Popocatépetl to conquer an enemy to prove his
love, bringing the leader’s head back to demonstrate that he had accomplished
the condition imposed to marry Iztaccíhuatl.
The journey to remote lands took too much time, but
after succeeding in a bloody battle, Popocatépetl returned to find that
Iztaccíhuatl died succumbed by the sorrow after the long waiting time.
Popocatépetl could not accept the death of Izta and
picking her up, he carried the corpse to the top of a nearby mountain, the place
where he laid her along the summit ridge lighting up a torch. Popocatépetl stood
watching over Iztaccihuatl until he died too.
People who saw the warrior carrying the body of his lover said the he went
insane asking for silence until they reached the peak in which they will finally
get married after she would awake.
Because Popocatépetl remained by the side of
Iztaccíhuatl, the passing time and the snow shaped those mountains that we can
see today forming the body of a sleeping woman and the afflicted man holding his
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