These very special Lele reflect beautiful love stories.
When the gods fall in love / The legend of Ixchel and Itzamná
Legend has it that in the days when the gods were still mortal there was a love so deep and so pure that its strength created the sun and the moon, the day and night and the shining of the stars. The two lovers traveled to the heavens to celebrate their love for the rest of time.
A long time ago, in a distant land lived a beautiful young woman named Ixchel whose beauty enchanted many men including one called Itzamna. The charm of Itzamná began to dazzle the beautiful and coveted young woman and a pure feeling was born between both young people. A sunny day in the paradise of the mortals arrived a strange young person who when seeing Ixchel was struck by his dazzling beauty. Not knowing of the growing love between Ixchel and Itzamna, Ixchel’s sister, Ixtab, called a fight to the two young men who were debating the love of the beautiful maid. Ixtab declared that the two men would fight to the death for the love of Ixchel.
On the day of the great fight, Itzamna was destined to be the triumphant victor but fate did not count on the bad play of his opponent who at the first carelessness of the brave young man wounded Itzamna in the back, which made him fall dead. Seeing his beloved without life, Ixchel ran to his side and entrusted his soul to Ixtab, taking his life. His sister cursed that man who with dirty tricks killed Itzamna and his name was never known. By taking the soul entrusted to her sister, Ixtab became the goddess of suicide. The two lovers traveled to the heavens to celebrate their love for the rest of time. Itzamná was reborn as the sun god and his eternal lover, Ixchel, became the moon goddess. To celebrate the eternal love for his beloved, Itzamna gave him the brightness of the night with the stars, maidens who die at an early age and rise to the heavens to shine for eternity. It is said that in each new fire, the goddess Ixchel is reborn and allows the maidens-their stars-to fall in love and the fruit of that love, give birth to a son, that’s why Ixchel is also considered the goddess of childbirth and fertility.
Xochipilli Principe de las flores, el amor y la sexualidad.
Xochiqetzal : Diosa de la Luna. Represnta la feminidad, la sexualidad, fertilidad y el amor.
Romeo and Juliet
An ongoing feud between the Capulets and the Montagues breaks out again on the streets of Verona. Both sides are warned by Prince Escalus that they must not disturb the peace again, on pain of death. Romeo, love-sick for Rosaline, is comforted by his friend Benvolio. Capulet tells Paris that he may not marry his daughter Juliet until she is older. Romeo and his friends learn of a party being held by the Capulets, and decide to go to it as masquers. At the party, Tybalt sees Romeo, but is prevented from fighting him by Capulet. Romeo meets Juliet, and they instantly fall in love. After leaving the party, Romeo eludes his friends, returns to meet Juliet, and they exchange vows of love. Romeo tells Friar Laurence what has happened and he consents to marry them.
Benvolio tells Mercutio that Tybalt has sent Romeo a challenge. Romeo joins them, and is visited by the Nurse, who is told the marriage plan. She tells Juliet, who then goes to Friar Laurence’s cell, and the lovers are married. Tybalt, looking for Romeo, finds Benvolio and Mercutio. Romeo returns, and is challenged by Tybalt, but refuses to fight. Mercutio draws on Tybalt and is fatally wounded. Tybalt then fights with Romeo, and is killed. Romeo flies, and Benvolio reports what has happened to the Prince, who banishes Romeo. The Nurse tells Juliet of Romeo’s banishment and promises to bring him to her. The Friar tells a distraught Romeo he is banished, but advises him to visit Juliet secretly, then to leave for Mantua. Capulet tells Paris he may marry Juliet in three days, and Lady Capulet brings the news to Juliet, who has just bid Romeo a hasty farewell. Juliet refuses to marry Paris, persisting in the face of her father’s anger. She goes to the Friar for help, and finds Paris there arranging the marriage. After he leaves, the Friar devises a plan: he will give her a drink that will make her appear dead and thus avoid the marriage, and will write to Romeo to tell him; they can then elope to Mantua.
Juliet tells her father she will now marry Paris, and Capulet brings the wedding forward to the next day. Juliet retires, and drinks the liquid. When her ‘body’ is discovered, all mourn, and she is taken to the family crypt. In Mantua, Balthasar tells Romeo that Juliet is dead. He vows to lie dead next to her that night, and obtains a poison from an apothecary. Friar John tells Friar Laurence that he was unable to deliver Laurence’s letter to Romeo. Realizing the danger, Laurence leaves to tell Juliet what has happened. Paris goes to Juliet’s tomb to mourn her, and encounters Romeo. They fight, and Romeo kills Paris. Romeo then drinks the poison and dies by Juliet. The Friar arrives to see Romeo dead and Juliet waking. She refuses to leave, and kills herself with Romeo’s dagger. Officers arrive, and rouse the families and the Prince. The Friar explains what has happened. Montague and Capulet agree to make peace with each other.
A Look Back at John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Infamous Love Story
Today would have been John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 48th wedding anniversary. The pair first met in November 1966 at a London gallery, where Ono was preparing for an exhibition of her work. They instantaneously connected and began a whirlwind (and at times controversial) romance. Less than three years later, on March 20, 1969, the couple married. In classic ’60s style, Ono donned a miniskirt and wide-brimmed hat for the occasion, while Lennon matched his bride by wearing a white blazer and shirt.
Soon after, the couple embarked on their “bagism” period which included creating a series of lithographs that depicted the pair on their honeymoon. This was one of many collaborations that Lennon and Ono would ultimately undertake. Famously, the duo staged a series of unforgettable “bed-ins,” which were akin to the sit-in form of protest popular at the time.
In 1970, just one year after Lennon and Ono’s wedding, the Beatles broke up. Since then, there has been much speculation as to whether Ono may have played a role in the group’s rupture. Afterward, Ono and Lennon went on to collaborate on a series of music projects. Their last album together released before his death was Double Fantasy, which came out in 1980, just three weeks before Lennon’s assassination. The album was greeted with rapt attention, as Lennon had previously been on a five-year professional hiatus in order to care for the couple’s son, Sean.
On the day of Lennon’s assassination, Annie Leibovitz photographed the couple together. It is just one of many iconic images of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Above, a look back at their relationship, in honor of their anniversary.
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