Legend of the Volcanoes I: Earliest Sources

David Bowles
6 min readMay 17, 2024

You have probably seen the images.

In one, an Aztec warrior stands grieving, the lifeless body of his beloved princess carried in his arms.

In the other, two volcanoes rise above the Valley of Mexico—once known as Anahuac, now mostly Mexico City. One of them seems to strain at the sky, belching smoke and fire. The other consists of various lower peaks covered in snow, that together give the illusion of a woman lying on her back.

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David Bowles

A Mexican American author & translator from South Texas. Teaches literature & Nahuatl at UTRGV. President of the Texas Institute of Letters.