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POPOCATÉPETL AND IZTACCÍHUATL

The mexican Romeo and Juliet

THE MEXICAN ROMEO & JULIET STORY

 

The view that enhances the city of Puebla, is produced by the majesty of two of the highest volcanoes in the hemisphere, it is the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl with various legends of love.

Thousands of years ago, when the Aztec Empire was in its splendor and dominated the Valley of Mexico, as a common practice they subjected the neighboring towns, requiring a mandatory tribute. It was then that the cacique of the Tlaxcaltecas, bitter enemies of the Aztecs, tired of this terrible oppression, decided to fight for the freedom of his people.

The cacique had a daughter, called Iztaccihuatl, was the most beautiful princess and deposited his love in the young Popocatépetl, one of the most handsome warriors of his people.

Both professed an immense love, so before leaving for war, Popocatepetl asked the cacique the hand of Princess Iztaccihuatl. The father gladly agreed and promised to receive him with a great celebration to give him the hand of his daughter if he returned victorious from the battle.

The brave warrior accepted, prepared to leave and kept in his heart the promise that the princess would wait for him to consummate his love.

Soon after, a rival of loves of Popocatépetl, jealous of the love of both were professed, he told the princess Iztaccíhuatl that his beloved had died during the combat.

Dejected by sadness and not knowing that everything was a lie, the princess died.

Later, Popocatépetl returned victorious to his town, hoping to see his beloved. Upon his arrival, he received the terrible news about the death of Princess Iztaccihuatl.

Saddened by the news, he wandered the streets for several days and nights, until he decided to do something to honor his love and that the memory of the princess remained in the memory of the people.

He ordered to build a large tomb before the Sun, piling 10 hills to form a huge mountain.

He took the body of his princess in his arms, took him to the top and laid him limp on the great mountain. The young warrior kissed him, took a smoking torch and knelt in front of his beloved, to watch this way, his eternal sleep.

Since then they remain together, facing each other. Over time the snow covered their bodies, becoming two huge volcanoes that will remain so until the end of the world.

The legend adds that when the warrior Popocatépetl remembers his beloved, his heart that keeps the fire of eternal passion trembles and his torch emits smoke. Therefore, until today, the Popocatépetl volcano continues to produce fumaroles.