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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 27, Mayuel Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 27, Mayuel Summary and Analysis

Mayuel is an Aztec Goddess depicted as having four hundred breasts and having given birth to the four hundred stars. She is also known as the Goddess of Mescal, the intoxicating liquid of the maguey (metl) plant. Today, Mescal is better known as Tequila. It is thought that Mayuel nursed the stars with her breasts filled with Mescal. It is also said that "the first two people on the earth were raised suckling on the magical juice."

One story tells of how Mayuel discovers Mescal. In the time that Mayuel is a mortal woman, she is exhausted from a long day in the fields. She is fetching some water as her last chore of the day and notices a mouse chewing on a maguey plant. The mouse begins to dance. Mayuel wonders if it is the sap from the...

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