The Legend of Acatl

A drifter in love

In the bay of what is now the tourist area of ​​Acapulco, the Yope tribe was settled. One day, they were attacked by Nahuatl nomads, who forced them to flee, taking their land.

During that time, the woman of the nomadic chief gave birth to a male, whom they named Ácatl, which means "reed". His father decided to entrust his protection to Quetzalcoatl.

Over the years the nomads left the territory they had taken from the Yope and Ácatl grew to become a strong man, of firm character. He reached the age of marriage and started to look for a wife, said goodbye to his father promising to return accompanied by the "ideal" woman.

He arrived at a town he had never heard of and instantly fell in love with Quiáhuitl, the boss's daughter. Unfortunately, who lived in that place was the Yope tribe.

The girl's father violently opposed the wedding when she discovered the identity of the young man, in addition, invoked the gods to curse him with a spell.

Acatl, saddened, decided to return home, but his pain was such that he began to cry in spurts. The tears fell unstoppable on his body until they began to melt, so it became a puddle of mud and not blood.

And from that mud reeds were born ... as if it were their children.

Quetzalcoatl, furious at the curse that the Yope chief had placed on his protege, punished him by turning his daughter into a black and charged cloud of energy, which he condemned to wander through the sky.

One afternoon the cloud reached the bay and saw the reeds, which he identified as the children of his beloved Ácatl.

Then she discharged all her fury in a rain that devastated the little reeds ... exhausted, she fell on the mud and died, unknowingly, fused with Ácatl.

This is how Acapulco got its name from the Acatl-Quiáhiutl union, which means "reeds destroyed in the mud".

La Leyenda de Ácatl

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