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  • Popocatpetl is pronounced Popo-cat-te-petal
    Izlacchuatl is pronounced: Its- la- see- wattle

    As I first raised my eyes up
    from the plain of Mexico
    City, I saw the mountains
    mysterious, smoking
    Popocatepetl with
    his love Iztacchuatl

    Aztec people, perceived
    Popocatepetl and
    Iztacchuatl, as two
    reclining humans who had
    been deeply in love. Legends
    relate that Izacchuatl’s
    father demanded, el Popo
    had to fight an enemy
    in Oaxaca, and return
    with his head before he
    could marry his daughter.

    She was told her love had perished,
    and poor Iztacchuatl died
    of a broken heart and became
    La Mujer Dormida, (the
    sleeping woman)

    When he returned El Popo,
    inconsolable, carried
    her body to the mountains
    and died next to her on a
    funeral pyre.

    The Gods turned them into
    maintains, and covered their
    reclining bodies with snow.
    El Popo will always
    spew ash reminding all he will
    never leave Itza’s side again.

    What message have you for
    me El Popo in this strange land?

    (This photo shows a painting by a Mexican street artist that was a present from my father in law; it is unsigned, and made for tourists.)
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