Long ago, in the land of Mexico, there lived a goddess named Mayahuel. She was a beautiful deity, with long flowing hair that shone like the sun and eyes that sparkled like stars. Mayahuel was known as the goddess of fertility, and her special gift was the agave plant, from which tequila is made.
The legend of Mayahuel begins with her birth. She was the daughter of the goddess of the earth and the god of the sky. Her parents were worried that she would be lonely, so they created 400 children for her to play with. The children were known as the Centzon Totochtin, and they were the gods of pulque, a fermented drink made from the sap of the agave plant.
Mayahuel loved her children, but she was also very protective of them. She knew that if humans ever discovered the secret of pulque, they would want to take it for themselves. So she kept her children hidden away in a secret cave, where they could play and drink in safety.
One day, a young man named Quetzalcoatl came to the land of Mexico. He was a powerful god, with the ability to transform himself into any animal he wished. Quetzalcoatl was immediately taken with Mayahuel’s beauty, and he fell in love with her.
Mayahuel was hesitant at first, knowing that Quetzalcoatl was a god of war and could be dangerous. But eventually, she gave in to his advances, and they became lovers.
Quetzalcoatl was fascinated by Mayahuel’s children, the Centzon Totochtin. He wanted to taste their drink, but Mayahuel was afraid that if he did, he would reveal their secret location. So she refused to give him any pulque.
Quetzalcoatl was determined to taste the pulque, and he eventually discovered the cave where the Centzon Totochtin were hiding. He drank so much pulque that he became drunk and passed out.
When Mayahuel discovered what had happened, she was devastated. She knew that her children were now in danger of being discovered by humans. In a fit of rage, she transformed herself into an agave plant and fled into the desert.
Quetzalcoatl woke up to find that Mayahuel was gone. He was heartbroken and spent many years searching for her. He eventually found her in the desert, but it was too late. Mayahuel had died, and her body had been transformed into the agave plant.
Quetzalcoatl was filled with remorse and decided to honor Mayahuel’s memory by using the agave plant to create a new drink. He called the drink “pulque,” in honor of the Centzon Totochtin. Over time, pulque evolved into tequila, and the people of Mexico began to enjoy this delicious drink.
Today, the image of Mayahuel is still closely associated with tequila. Many tequila brands feature her image on their bottles, and she is considered the patron saint of tequila. Mayahuel’s story is a reminder of the rich history and cultural heritage of tequila, and it serves as a testament to the power of love and devotion.