Popocatépetl & Iztaccíhuatl were a young couple. They were deeply in love. She was a princess. He was the bravest warrior in town. Did they live happily ever after?
The answer won’t surprise you, because like most great love stories it was never easy.
The two majestic volcanoes that set the backdrop for Mexico City, the two of the highest volcanoes in the hemisphere, Izta and Popo as they are affectionately called, are a symbol of love everlasting.
Popocatepetl and Iztaccíhuatl are the Aztec Romeo and Juliet.
Denied their love while alive. But destined to spend eternity together.
“During the reign of the Aztecs in the Valley of Mexico, a harsh and punishing tribute system was imposed on the surrounding provinces and towns. It was then that the chief of the Tlaxcaltecas, bitter enemies of the Aztecs, weary of this terrible oppression, decided to fight for his people’s freedom.
The chief had a daughter named Iztaccihuatl: the most beautiful of all the princesses, who had professed her love for young Popocatepetl, one of her father’s people and the most handsome warrior. Both professed a deep love for each other, so before leaving for war, Popocatepetl asked the chief for the hand of Princess Iztaccihuatl.
The father gladly agreed and promised to welcome him back with a big celebration to give him his daughter’s hand if he returned victorious from the battle. The brave warrior accepted, prepared everything and departed keeping in his heart the promise that the princess would be waiting for him to consummate their love. Soon afterwards a love rival of Popocatepetl, jealous of the love they professed to each other, told Princess Iztaccihuatl that her beloved had died in combat.
Crushed and overwhelmed by sadness, the princess died without even knowing that it was a lie. Popocatepetl returned victorious to his people, hoping to find his beloved princess. Upon arrival, he received the terrible news of the death of Iztaccihuatl.”
The warrior Popocatepetl decided to build Itza a massive tomb and lay her body on top in homage. He carried her body to the top and then knelt beside her with a smoking torch to watch over her. It is said that the still-active volcano, Popocatepetl, erupts occasionally because his pain still burns deep within his heart.
Beautiful soundtrack for this love story.
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