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Page from the Florentine Codex Book 1 (a 16th century text co-produced by Spanish friar Bernardino de Sahagún and numerous indigenous writers), showing one of the Aztec divinities associated with pulque, a maguey plant, and a foaming jar of pulque. Image from the excellent, informative Mexicolore website.

The Story of Pulque, Part 1

In the 17th century, the Mexican historian Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl recorded a pre-Columbian legend about the origins of pulque. According to Ixtlilxochitl’s version, a noble maiden named Xochitl presented the 8th Toltec king – Tecpancaltzin – with a gift of pulque, a fermented alcoholic drink with a foamy, milky-white appearance. Xochitl’s father had learned […]

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