Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spews ash


Published: 2023-05-27 16:09

Last Updated: 2023-09-30 18:24

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spews ash
Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spews ash

The Mexican Popocatepetl volcano spews ash. Authorities have warned people not to go within 12 kilometers of Popocatepetl, and to use face masks due to the falling ash.

-'Don Goyo's angry': the legends behind rumbling Mexican volcano-

In the foothills of the volcano, locals have their own beliefs about why ash is recently raining down on them -- and it has little to do with conventional science.

According to legend, the spirit of the volcano located 70 kilometers southeast of Mexico City is embodied by a man known locally as "Don Goyo."

And when he gets upset, "El Popo" starts to rumble as it has for more than a week.

"Don Goyo's angry because they didn't put out his offering," said Jose Luis, a 55-year-old charcoal seller in Xalitzintla, the community closest to Popocatepetl.

Some residents even report having seen the mountain incarnate appear before them.

Jose Marcos said that when he was a child, Don Goyo -- full name Gregorio Chino Popocatepetl -- came to his house for a glass of water and a taco.

"We asked him 'who are you?' He said: 'Don't you know me? I'm Gregorio Chino Popocatepetl. I'm the volcano,'" the 77-year-old farmer said.

Every year on March 12, residents mark the day known as Don Goyo's birthday.

This year, however, authorities restricted access to the site due to the increased danger, dismaying locals who warned that it would anger the mountain's spirit.

"We've already asked Don Goyo to wait for us until next year," local mayor Gumaro Sandre Popoca told AFP.