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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 torch.


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