Has anyone, other than
The Tequila Lady me done any extensive research into tequila's background and history? Did you know the Aztecs originally used tequila during rituals beginning 2,000 years ago? If not, to follow is a crash course to help enlighten you to the evolution of this wonderfully different strain of alcohol. After this short lesson, it will be evident to you why people oftentimes refer to liquor as "spirits".
This is intended to be the 1st in a series of lessons to enlighten us to the wonderful gift of "Tequila" ... In other words, to help us "Get Smarter Here".
Legend has it that when the earth first began there was a goddess in the heavens named Tzintzimitl. Tzintzimitl was an evil goddess who devoured light, plunging the earth into darkness. To allow the natives to reclaim a minuscule amount of light, Tzintzimitl commanded they sacrifice humans in her honor.
Quetzalcoatl, the God of Redemption, tired of this. Being the honorable God that he was, he flew up into the sky in search of the evil goddess, Tzintzimitl. Instead of finding her, he found her lovely granddaughter Mayahuel, the goddess of fertility, who had been kidnapped by her evil grandmother, Tzintzimitl. Quetzalcoatl fell in love with the granddaughter, and instead of killing the evil goddess, he rescued Mayahuel, brought her back to earth and married her. After their marriage, Mayahuel became a beautiful Aztec Goddess.
Mayahuel's evil grandmother, Tzintzimitl was angered by this, and was determined to have them found. Once found, they were to be executed at once. Therefore, the happy couple decided to turn themselves into two branches of a leafy tree so they would never, ever be found.
Tzintzimitl, however, was relentless in her pursuit of them. In search of them, she sent stars ... stars that consumed all traces of light ... to find them. Eventually the couple was found, and Mayahuel was eaten up by the stars and died, but Quetzalcoatl lived.
After the death of his goddess, this saddened Quetzalcoatl terribly. It also angered him to the point where he ascended back into the sky and killed the evil grandmother, Tzintzimitl and light was finally restored to mother earth.
After burying Mayahuel, his true love, in the ground, the first Agave plant was born. The Heart of the Plant poured forth the blood of Mayahuel, turning her blood into nectar. The Gods gave the plant some hallucinogenic properties to comfort the soul of Quetzalcoatl. When Quetzalcoatl consumed the elixir from the plant, It gave him great peace and comfort.
From that point forward, the nectar from the Agave plant became a ritual beverage and a ceremonial offering to the Gods and all Holy beings.