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Ceremonia de Cuahtemoc // SF

Each year a festival marks the anniversary of the birth of Cuauhtemoc, the last emperor of the Aztecs and a symbol of noble resistance.

Legend has it that Ixcateopan, in the southern state of Guerrero, is where loyal Aztec warriors smuggled Cuauhtemoc’s bones after his execution on the order of Hernan Cortes in 1525.

In honor of the young ruler who heroically stood his ground against the Spanish invaders, the story goes, Cuauhtemoc’s remains were buried in his hometown in 1529 under what would later become the altar of the local church.

Ixcateopan (pronounced Eesh-ka-TAY-OH-pan) guarded its secret for hundreds of years.

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