Storytelling in Tourism – Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, Mexico

Storytelling is important for tourism asMossberg suggested storytelling helps visitors to engage with natural culturaland historic attractions, forget their daily routine and get a deeper travelexperience.

A good example of a storytelling and a story that relates tothe nature and culture of a destination and attraction is the story of Popocatepetland Iztaccihuatl: the two very famous volcanus of Mexico.

There are severalversions of the legend and I will tell you one of them.

Once upon a time therelived a beautiful princess called white lady or Iztaccihuatl inNahuatl language and she was in love with Popoca, a brave warrior.

And Popocawanted to marry Iztaccihuatl, but her father told Popoca that he has to go south and fight in the war against the southern tribe, kill the chief and then he can marry his daughter.

Popoca obeyed and went to fight the war.

An envious warrior told the Aztec Emperor, the father ofIztaccihuatl that Popoca died in the battle.

Which was not true and Iztaccihuatl became very sad, stopped eating and died of her sadness.

Soon after Popoca returned and found his fiancee dead.

He took her body out of thetown and asked his soldiers to construct two mounds for him and his fiancée.

Helied her down and sat next to her with his torch looking over her and hestayed like that forever.

With time passing the snow, the rocks and the sandcovered the bodies of Popoca and Iztaccihuatl turning them into two mountains and Popoca's torch is still having somesmoke as a reminder of this legend.

Now you can see how this legend relates thenatural attraction, the two volcanoes, with history of Aztec people and theirculture and it also has a universal theme of love which all visitors can relate to andthis is why storytelling is important to engage visitors.

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