Mayahuel

November 1st, 2007 by sabrina

Bet you didn’t know there was a Goddess of tequila!

Mayahuel (pronounced ma-ha-KWEL) is the Aztec Goddess of fertility and of the maguey, an agave plant. As a fertility Goddess, Mayahuel is depicted with many breasts with which to feed her children, the the Centzontotochtli, or four hundred rabbits. The rabbits are responsible for the infinite kinds of drunkenness, Mayahuel’s other area of influence. The maguey plant was used to make a fermented drink called pulque, forerunner to tequila.

According to legend, Mayahuel was originally mortal, and was the wife of a farmer. One day while in the agave patch, she saw a mouse who appeared to be drunk. She tried to scare it away, but it just laughed at her. Mayahuel noticed that the mouse had been drinking the juice of the agave plants, so she collected some juice to bring to her husband. The juice was set aside while Mayahuel and her husband finished their work, and it fermented. When they returned in the evening, they tasted it and were delighted with both the flavor and the effects. Mayahuel shared her discovery with the people of Mexico, who were so grateful that they made her a Goddess.

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