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Song of the Hummingbird by Graciela Limon

Song of the Hummingbird

by Graciela Limon

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"Go to the region of the wild maguey to erect a dwelling

of cactus and maguey,

and there place woven mats.

You will then go to where light begins,

and there you must scatter your flowers.

"You will then go to where death abides,

in the land of white flowers you must also

scatter your flowers.

"And then you will go to the land sown with seed,

there you must also cast your flowers.

"And then you will go to the region of thorns,

and in the land of thorns you also must

scatter your flowers.

"And you will scatter your flowers, and thus

reach the gods."

- Words of Coatlicuie,

Goddess of the Earth and Death

Mother of Quetalcoatls and Huitzilpochtli
In Loving Memory of Guadalupe H. Gómez
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Coyoacán - the outskirts of Tenochtitlan-Mexico - 1583.
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An Aztec princess describes the Spanish conquest of Mexico. She is Huitzitzlin, 82, of the court of Montezuma and she tells her tale to a priest so history will know who the Aztecs really were. By the author of The Memories of Ana Calderon.

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