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The Legend of Maize

  An ancient legend tells the story that before the arrival of the god Quetzalcoatl, the Aztecs only consumed roots and game animals; they did not eat corn because it was beyond their reach, hidden behind the massive mountains surrounding the city.    The other gods had already sough... Read More

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The Legend of Cocoa The Legend of Chocolate

 Mexican culture is rich in history and traditions, many reflected in legends, fables and myths.  Here follows the legend of cocoa-chocolate and the mythical god Quetzalcoatl.This ancient legend recounts the story of how the god Quetzalcoatl gave the Toltecs precious cocoa grains.  This gener... Read More

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The Legend of Coatlicue & Coyolxauhqui

Aztec legend recounts the story of Coatlicue, the goddess of life and death and the mother of the Four Hundred Southerners, Centzon Huitznahuas, gods of the Southern Stars and Coyolxauhqui who ruled over her brothers. Coatlicue, lived in Coatepec, where she did penance sweeping. One day whi... Read More

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La Llorona One Woman, Many Stories

Spanish The eve of the conquest of Mexico -Tenochtitlan by Hernan Cortes and his Spanish army was plagued by omens that Miguel Leon–Portilla enumerates in his book, “Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico”.   Based on codices as well as from memories of the p... Read More

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The Legend of Our Lady of Solitude & the Mule

  An ancient story recounts the story of Oaxaca's Our Lady of Solitude. Legend has it that in 1620 a mule driver, guiding his mulas, mules train through the streets of Oaxaca on his way to Guatemala, suddenly discovered he had an extra animal, carrying a huge box on his back. Outsid... Read More

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The Many Faces of Quetzalcoatl

Read it in Spanish Quetzalcoatl, one of the main deities of pre-Hispanic civilizations, is present in most of 15th-century Mesoamerica. From the beginning, he has been attributed countless mysteries: he is considered a man, a deity, a priest, a myth or a legend.   The origi... Read More
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