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Answers to Quiz #451 - October 19, 2014
1. What is the legend shown in the picture?
2. What are the nicknames of the mountains in the background?
3. Name one other story that is similar to this.
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but the quiz will be a lot more fun if you solve the puzzle on your own.
Inspired by a suggestion from Cindy Costigan.
1.  The legend of Popacatepetl and Iztacchuatl
2. Smoking Mountain and White Woman
3. There are many.  Romeo and Juliet is the most well-known example.
The Legend of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl
Comments from Our Readers
I know there are similar stories in nearly every culture. I found this one right away
because the shield looks Aztec. Also, I recognized the mountain in the background
as Popo. I have seen these mountains and they are both quite magnificent.
Rebecca Bare
I have studied different mythologies for many years.  It is indeed interesting how
many cultures share similar legends.  I'll probably enjoy more quizzes on this type
of topic.
Janice M. Sellers
One legend that my family finds very interesting is that of Robin Hood. An
interesting link -  One of our
primary family surnames is HUNTINGTON. Suppose there is a connection there
somewhere? It has been passed down in the family that there could be a
connection. Interesting no matter if this is true or not.    Thanks again!   
Grace Hertz and Mary Turner
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Vague question.  Atlantis being buried by a volcano is similar as a volcanic myth.  
Romeo and Juliet or Tristan and Iseult are similar as a romantic tragedies.  Similar
in what way.
Gar Watson

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Spokane Indian Mythology tells the tale of Chief Mosquetquat's
daughter, her husband Moxnoose and her lover Stinging Bee.
Stinging Bee and Chief M's daughter poisoned Moxnoose.
Later, they are confronted by his ghost who turns Stinging Bee
into a pile of rocks such that he became the falls of the river.
Chief M's daughter became the pit beneath, so she bore the
weight of the water pouring over Stinging Bee for eternity.
Then Moxnoose turned himself into a pile of rocks, as well, so
he could watch the lovers punishment forever.

Dianne Abbott
Popo Webcam

(Click on thumbnail to go to Popo Cam).
On a clear day, the towering white peaks of the legendary Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl
volcanoes can be seen from the great metropolis of Mexico City. Rising beyond 17,000
feet in elevation, these two majestic mountains offer the viewer a breathtaking sight.
Snowcapped year round, the well-known landmarks have captured people's
imaginations throughout the ages. Located just 45 miles southeast of the nation's
capital, Popo and Izta, as many affectionately call these two volcanoes, share a story
that reaches back into the mists of time.

Geographically, these two glacier-iced volcanoes represent the second and third highest
mountains in Mexico. The name Iztaccihuatl in the indigenous Nahuatl language means
"White Woman" and the mountain actually includes four peaks, the tallest of which
reaches 17,158 feet. Many see her silhouette as resembling that of a sleeping woman,
complete with head, chest, knees and feet. Iztaccihuatl is an extinct volcano and is a
popular destination for adventurous mountaineers and hikers.
Popocatepetl is the taller of the two
mountains, reaching an incredible 17,802
feet in height. Popocatepetl and
Iztaccihuatl are connected by a high
mountain pass known as the Paso de
Cortes. Popocatepetl is still active with the
volcano having spewed smoke and ash as
recently as 2001. In the Nauhuatl language
Popocatepetl means "Smoking Mountain"
and as we shall soon see, was aptly
In Aztec mythology, the volcanoes were once humans who were deeply in love. This
legend features two star-crossed lovers, the young brave warrior Popocatepetl and the
beautiful princess Iztaccihuatl. The father of Iztaccihuatl, a mighty ruler, placed a
demanding condition upon Popocatepetl before he could take Iztaccihuatl as his bride.
His mandate required that Popocatepetl first engage in battle against the tribe's enemy
and return victorious. Variations of the legend include the added stipulation that
Popocatepetl needed to return with the vanquished enemy's head as proof of his

The story continues with Popocatepetl setting off for battle with Iztaccihuatl waiting
for her beloved's return. Treacherously, a rival of Popocatepetl's sends a false message
back to the ruler that the warrior has been slain when in fact, Popocatepetl has won the
battle and is ready to return to his Iztaccihuatl. However, the princess upon hearing the
false news, falls ill and succumbs to her deep sorrow, dying of a broken heart. When
Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl
Popocatepetl returns triumphant to his people only to
encounter his beloved's death, his heartbreak is

He carries Iztaccihuatl's body to the mountains
whereupon he has a funeral pyre built for both himself
and his princess. Grief-stricken beyond measure,
Popocatepetl dies next to his beloved. The Gods,
touched by the lover's plight, turn the humans into
mountains, so that they may finally be together. They
remain so to this day with Popocatepetl residing over
his princess Iztaccihuatl, while she lay asleep. On
occasion, Popo will spew ash, reminding those
watching that he is always in attendance, that he will
never leave the side of his beloved Izta.
Moxnoose and Stinging Bee
Alcyone and Ceyx

Alcyone was the daughter of Aeolus, king of the winds. Her
marriage to Ceyx was blisstoo happy, in fact. The couple often
referred to each other as "Zeus" and "Hera", which naturally
infuriated the king and queen of the gods. Whilst at sea, Zeus
hurled a thunderbolt at Ceyx's ship, drowning the man. He
appeared before his wife as an apparition, telling her of his fate.
Distraught, Alcyone threw herself into the sea in order to join

The gods pitied the woeful couple and transformed them into
kingfishers. This may be the origins of "halcyon days", seven
days before and after the winter solstice when Aeolus
demanded the calm of the seas in honor of the couple.

Philemon and Baucis

A kindly, elderly couple from Phrygia who entertained and
comforted strangers even though they themselves were
impoverished. One set of "bums" were impressed and decided
to reward the couple; indeed, the strangers could, for it
was Zeus and Hermes, who had been treated rudely in their
previous encounters with mortals. A grand palace was created
for the kindly couple, and the gods granted their wish that they
should die at the same moment. Both were transformed into
trees: Philemon the oak and Baucis the lime; their boughs were
entertwined, symbolizing their everlasting love.

Galatea and Acis

Acis, a minor river god, loved the nymph Galatea. However,
the cyclopes Polyphemus [some say the same one who
terrorized Odysseus ] also loved the girl.

There really was no competition: Acis was young and
handsome, Polyphemus large and ugly. Acis and Galatea
carried on a secret love affair, but one day Polyphemus heard
Acis singing a love song for her and hurled huge rocks at the
two. Galatea transformed him into a river and the stones which
Polyphemus threw became the Cyclopian Rocks in Sicily.

Sally Garrison
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