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~ Chimalpahin Quauhtlehuanitzin

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

This story about Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl has more feels in it than Romeo and Juliet

Alright, so this legend is Mexica (Aztec) and has been passed down from generation to generation. There are quite a few different versions, so I'm just going to stick to the coolest one. They're all really similar anyway. This story is about the mountains Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, which overlook the valley of Mexico, and why they are shaped the way they are. Popocatépetl is an active volcano and Iztaccihuatl is a very low volcano which has been inactive for thousands of years and which some say is in the shape of a woman sleeping on her back.

The story that I'm about to tell you is extremely romantic and will give you the feels if you're that sort of person, so I suggest you get a box of tissues and some soothing hot chocolate before you start reading it. Chances are that if you've cried at the end of the Shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet", you'll cry even more after hearing this. 

Once upon a time, there was a princess named Iztaccíhuatl and a warrior named Popocatépetl who were i n  l o v e . However, Iztaccihuatl's father did not want them to get married. So he told Popocatepetl that he would let the warrior marry Iztaccihuatl if he returned from battle with the head of some person that Iztaccihuatl's father hated. The emperor assumed and hoped Popocatepetl would just die. 

I like this drawing because she's like "noooo don't leave me" and he's like "I'm sorry but I must." The artist's name is Nadine Takvorian.

While Popocatepetl was away, the emperor assumed he would die, so he arranged for a bunch of other suitors for his daughter. One of these suitors gave Iztaccihuatl the false message that Popocatepetl had died. Upon hearing this, Iztaccihuatl killed herself with a dagger. 
This is me at this point in the story.

Soon Popocatepetl came back victorious with the head of the enemy, but he was devastated upon learning  that Iztaccihuatl had died. He needed some way to honour her, so he carried her body into the mountains. 

Credits to Nadine Takvorian 

He stood there watching Iztaccihuatl and soon the gods turned the star-crossed lovers into mountains so that they could be together forever. That's why the volcano of Iztaccihuatl resembles a d e A d woman. Every time Popocatepetl remembers his beloved, the volcano smokes. That's the soul of Popocatepetl calling out to Iztaccihuatl or something like that. 

IDK who the artist is

It's a really moving story *coNSumEd by FEeLs*. What do you think of it? Does it remind you of anything that has happened in your love life? Were you once involved in a forbidden romance? Thanks for checking out this blog and be sure to follow!

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