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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03800

Volcán la Malinche, seen here from the south, derives its name from a Mayan woman who became the wife, aide, and interpreter of the Spanish explorer Cortés.  The Spanish mispronounced the woman's name Malintzin as Malinche.  Legends have surrounded Malinche, who is also referred to as La Llorana (the weeping woman) and whose ghost is said to be seen at night weeping over the betrayal of her race. Photo by Steve Nelson, 1987 (Tulane University).

Volcán la Malinche, seen here from the south, derives its name from a Mayan woman who became the wife, aide, and interpreter of the Spanish explorer Cortés. The Spanish mispronounced the woman's name Malintzin as Malinche. Legends have surrounded Malinche, who is also referred to as La Llorana (the weeping woman) and whose ghost is said to be seen at night weeping over the betrayal of her race.

Photo by Steve Nelson, 1987 (Tulane University).


La Malinche