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Hi there guys! I spent the last week in Tlaquepaque/Guadalajara, in Mexico, as guest to a convention there (COMAGON) it was a really fun time and I meet a lot of people (thanks Adrian, Alfonso and Eder!). One of the questions I got, was if I did an image based in La Malinche ...and Indeed I done this image long time ago, when I was spending time in the hospital, near 2009, so, as was promised, there goes! :) I hope you like it!

PSCS/bamboo/7hours/music: Hombre de Maiz - Los Calchalkis
Muchas gracias a todos los amigos que me visitaron en la Comagon, muchas gracias por su simpatia y buena onda. Definitivamente con ganas de volver algun dia :)


La Malinche (also known as Malinali or Malintzin) was born in 1496, in a then "frontier" region between the Aztec Empire and the Maya states of the Yucatán Peninsula). She was named "Malinalli" after the Goddess of Grass, and later "Tenepal" meaning "one who speaks with liveliness." In her youth, her father died and her mother remarried and bore a son. Now an inconvenient stepchild, the girl was sold or given to Maya slave-traders from Xicalango, an important commercial town further south and east along and hard the coast. Bernal Díaz del Castillo claims Malinalli's family faked her death by telling the townspeople that a recently deceased child of a slave was Malinalli.

Malinalli was introduced to the Spanish in April 1519, when she was among twenty slave women given by the Chontal Maya of Potonchan (in the present-day state of Tabasco) after the Spaniards defeated them in battle. Her age at the time is unknown; however, assumptions have been made that she was in her late teens or early twenties. Bernal Díaz del Castillo remarked on her beauty and graciousness; she was the only one of the slaves whose name he remembered. (He called her "Marina," the Christian name she took upon being baptized in 1519.) Cortés singled her out as a gift for Alonzo Hernando Puertocarrero, perhaps the most well-born member of the expedition. Soon, however, Puertocarrero was on his way to Spain as Cortés' emissary to Charles V, and Cortés kept her by his side for her value as an interpreter who spoke two native languages—Mayan and Nahuatl.

According to Díaz, she spoke to emissaries from Moctezuma in their native tongue Nahuatl and pointed to Cortés as the chief Spaniard to speak for them. Cortés had located a Spanish priest, Gerónimo de Aguilar, who had spent several years in captivity among the Maya peoples in Yucatán following a shipwreck. Thus, he had learned some Mayan, but he did not speak Nahuatl. Cortés used Marina (her Christian name) for translating between the Nahuatl language (the common language of central Mexico of that time) and the Chontal Maya language. Then Aguilar could interpret from Mayan to Spanish, until Marina learned Spanish and could be the sole interpreter. She accompanied him so closely that Aztec codices always show her picture drawn alongside of Cortés. The natives of Tlaxcala, who formed an alliance with Cortés against Moctezuma, called both Marina and Cortés by the same name: Malintzin. (The -tzin suffix was the Nahuatl equivalent of "sir" or "lady" bestowed on them by the Tlaxcalans.)

According to surviving records, Marina learned of a plan by natives of Cholula to cooperate with the Aztecs to destroy the small Spanish army. She alerted Cortés to the danger and even pretended to be cooperating with her native informants while Cortés foiled their plot to trap his men. Cortés turned the tables on them and instead, slaughtered many Cholulans.

Following the fall of Tenochtitlán in late 1521 and the birth of her son Don Martín Cortés in 1522, Marina stayed in a house Cortés built for her in the town of Coyoacán, 8 miles south of Tenochtitlán, while it was being rebuilt as Mexico City. Cortés took Marina to quash a rebellion in Honduras in 1524–26 when she is seen serving again as interpreter (suggestive of a knowledge of Maya dialects beyond Chontal and Yucatán.) While in the mountain town of Orizaba in central Mexico, she married Juan Jaramillo, a Spanish hidalgo. Historians such as Prescott generally lost track of Marina after her journey to Central America. More contemporary scholars have determined that she died less than a decade after the conquest of Mexico-Tenochtitlan at some point in 1529. Historian Sir Hugh Thomas in his book "Conquest" reports the probable date of her death as 1551, deduced from letters he discovered in Spain alluding to her as alive in 1550 and deceased after 1551. She was survived by her son don Martín, who would be raised primarily by his father's family, and a daughter doña María who would be raised by Jaramillo and his second wife doña Beatriz de Andrada.

For the conquistadores, having a reliable interpreter was important enough, but there is evidence that Malinche's role and influence were larger still. Bernal Díaz del Castillo, a soldier who, as an old man, produced the most comprehensive of the eye-witness accounts, the Historia Verdadera de la Conquista de la Nueva España ("True Story of the Conquest of New Spain"), speaks repeatedly and reverentially of the "great lady" Doña Marina (always using the honorific title, "Doña"). "Without the help of Doña Marina," he writes, "we would not have understood the language of New Spain and Mexico." Rodríguez de Ocana, another conquistador, relates Cortés' assertion that after God, Marina was the main reason for his success.

The evidence from indigenous sources is even more interesting, both in the commentaries about her role, and in her prominence in the drawings made of conquest events. In the Lienzo de Tlaxcala (History of Tlaxcala), for example, not only is Cortés rarely portrayed without Malinche poised by his ear, but she is shown at times on her own, seemingly directing events as an independent authority. If she had been trained for court life, as in Díaz's account, her loyalty to Cortés may have been dictated by the familiar pattern of marriage among native elite classes. In the role of primary wife acquired through an alliance, her role would have been to assist her husband achieve his military and diplomatic objectives.

The historical figure of Marina has been intermixed with Aztec legends (such as La Llorona, a woman who weeps for lost children). Her reputation has been altered over the years according to changing social and political perspectives, especially after the Mexican Revolution, when she was portrayed in dramas, novels, and paintings as an evil or scheming temptress. In Mexico today, La Malinche remains iconically potent. She is understood in various and often conflicting aspects, as the embodiment of treachery, the quintessential victim, or simply as symbolic mother of the new Mexican people. The term malinchista refers to a disloyal Mexican.
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Dropthepizza Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
Those conquistadors look like Swiss guard with their stripes and neck frills.
carlexe Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
geniales tus dibujos amigo, ¿que nacionalidad eres ?
Alpha-Squid Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*imitates George Takei* Ohhhhh my!!!
grisador Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
Amazing ! :wow:
phoeyynix Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Mm purrfect- cant wait until her belly gets so big from breeding with foreigners that she becomes senselessly addicted to it. ;))
OOQuant Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sexy back <3
77TN Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
you are very talented genzoman
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
It's amazing how you put in the work to get as much information as you can.
RGAmos Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Su obra es magnífica
Zeriox Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Bueno, La Malinche es vista  como la encarnación de la traición, una víctima por excelencia o simplemente como una madre simbólica de una nueva raza mexicana, tambien se cuenta leyendas como de que ella es la mitica llorona del folklore mexicano, en fin asi sucedio con el pasar de los tiempo.

Asi fue la historia de esta singular mujer.
GeniuszSlonca Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Malinche was a good girl. We need more women like her!
donwhitt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your paintings. You are so very talented. Blessings to you.
oreyna33 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool, I mean she wasn't cool, but the art is.
GeniuszSlonca Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
She was the coolest :)
oreyna33 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess you're right, I probably wouldn't be here without her
Lucyreal Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dibujas relindo che 
tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Very interesting story on the wiki ...
dybeen Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Beautiful art for a traitorous bitch.
GeniuszSlonca Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Don't you call the woman responsible for stopping the bloody human sacrifices a traitor.
dybeen Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
Yeah, because the conquistadors and the Europeans that followed were any better. She was a traitorous bitch, deal with it.
mpz28 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
very nice Love 
saber360 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Sweet ^///^
maxprodanov Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Holy crap, this is a great scene!
Lollipopfop Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
If she dressed like that it explains a lot. 
XDboy13 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
<font><font>Yo'm mexican n I say...what the fuck!!!!!!!</font></font>
LadyAzurFromAlkemya Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She is wonderful :D :heart: I totally love her style!
Zyndarius Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sexiest Malinche ever.
Miraclekid92 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
kokolucho Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
le falta unos dorilocos, pero de paso chingon
sergiochipa Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Excelente ilustración. La recuerdo de cuando jugaba Mitos y Leyendas, definitivamente tu estilo sobresalía del resto.  :)
MendezMD Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
This is a really nice interpretationof Malinche.
AtomicF0x Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, a historically-inspired piece! I always liked the Aztecs and their civilization. It sucks what happened. But it was beyond our control...

Wonderful art and sexy pose. Love her hair too. I thought the Spanish soldiers in the background was an excellent touch too.
Sunbeams22 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Can you do La Llorona? Yes....I know she is somehow La Llorona too....but....I've heard of the one who is called Maria. Please? Just wondering. Don't have to if you don't want to.
Kurokouriken Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student Writer
Extraño Mitos y Leyendas...
Animeking23 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Te ha quedado genial, es muy detallada, pero no entiendo por qué en México la consideran una traidora, México ni siquiera existía en aquel momento.
GeniuszSlonca Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
You're right Animeking
Animeking23 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
cancerberus97 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
la razón es muy simple: nos consideramos herederos del imperio azteca. así de simple. su colaboración trajo como consecuencia trescientos años de dominación. A nadie le gusta someterse a un pueblo extranjero; tu eres español y los españoles hicieron los mismo durante el reinado de pepe botella,  asi que sabrás a lo que me refiero. Y aunque los españoles de ahora no son lo que eran antes, las consecuencias de lo que hicieron sus ancestros aun pesan sobre toda Latinoamérica aún hoy. Particularmente el complejo de inferioridad que nos inculcaron a golpes con sangre (aunque tampoco es un acto exclusivo de los españoles, la verdad sea de cada quien. En aquel siglo, los europeos de todas partes eran unos putos marranos de porqueria)

Malinche era una esclava, y  aunque a su manera luchó contra los enemigos de su pueblo, su colaboracion trajo la ruina, la muerte y la destruccion de todas las civilizaciones de mesoamerica, incluida la suya. La Malinche es el paradigma de las traiciones en México; a lo largo de nuestra historia, aquellos mexicanos que han apoyado a extranjeros o se han puesto a su servicio han perjudicado al país de una manera completamente aberrante. Y todas esas colaboraciones pueden ser comparadas con la de la amante de Cortés.

Yo si creo que la malinche era inocente; no habia forma de que ella supiera lo que Cortés y los demás conquistadores iban a hacer. Pero incluso yo no dudo en tildarla de traidora porque la suya es una fabula que muestra que; y tratandose de México, cuando apoyas a un extranjero contra un mexicano no haces sino perjudicar a todos los demas.

(excepto cuando matas narcos, pero se entiende el punto)

Cascojo Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2014
No es comparable la ocupación francesa de España que la llegada de los españoles en América. Los franceses sencillamente ocuparon un terreno, no lo moldearon, ni si quiera podemos hablar de que los franceses conquistaron España... Sencillamente obligaron a los reyes de aquel entonces, abdicar a favor de José I Bonaparte (además de que éste contó con los afrancesados, y de que España era un mero Estado satélite, no un territorio del imperio francés): y éste, establecer una serie de reformas o permitirlas (cosa que a Napoleón no le gustó). 

Utiliza más bien otro ejemplo: los íberos. Nuestra última bastión de civilización (quizás una de las primeras): Tartessos o la de los miles de pueblos que invadieron la península ibérica si nos atenemos a lo priori; íberos, vascones, celtíberos y celtas. Luego griegos, romanos, cartagineses-fenicios, visigodos, suevos, alanos, vándalos, bizantinos, bereberes, francos, árabes-musulmanes, almorávides... Asturleoneses, castellanos, gallegos, portugueses, catalanes, aragoneses, navarros etcétera.

El juego que Hernán Cortés promulgó en las américas (sobretodo contra los aztecas) es muy simple, es casi como la llegada de Atila el Huno en el Imperio Romano, pero quitando la obvia diferencia tecnológica y demás patrones. Cuando Atila llegó, muchas tribus sometidas o tributarias del Imperio Romano se apoyaron en los hunos, los cuales los ayudaron a liberarse del yugo de un anterior. Lo mismo pasó en las américas, el Imperio Azteca tampoco es que fuese la utopía (digamos que los mayores imperios precolombinos comparándolos con otras sociedades, tribus o Estados emergentes periféricoseran los putos marranos de porquería en su mismo escenario, hasta que llegaron los españoles)... Éstos también jugaban con su poder tiránico (como todos los imperios), y al ver que había otro contrincante más poderoso, muchos se apoyaron en este. Y la palabra de un conquistador era lo último de lo que uno tendría que fiarse (seamos sinceros, eran mercenarios).

Vamos, casi la misma situación que cuando los cartagineses y romanos llegaron a Hispania/Iberia. Es increíble a veces los parecidos históricos a distintos tiempos.

Y de todos ellos, somos herederos. De Césares (Trajano), de íberos (Viriato), de árabes (Abderramán III), de asturianos (Don Pelayo). 
ceron2000 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Yo tengo muy cerca el municipio donde se casó con el viejo pariente de mi familia Hernan Cortez. Huiloapan me queda a 20 minutos de donde vivo [en carro claro].
Patriarch2 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Buena! Si?
iqra3d Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
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sandra-san91 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
considere hacer una versión de iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl, estoy seegura de que lucira genial con tu estilo de dibujo :D
BerserkSkeleton Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Fantastic Artwork!
TheLastBaron9 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
While I say well done to this piece, I can't help but feel a little infuriated by the very thought of this woman. I say this because back when I was in collage my former spanish teacher (who was from Spain,) tried to talk this woman up who sold out her entire civilization just so that she can be the (to put it in appropriate language,) mistress of it's conqueror like she was a good thing. In any event this image is still well made.
universalqueen Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
dude, she didn't choose to work with cortes and his men. she was a salve given to them by some cheiftain in tabasco. she's a victim, not a traitor
TheLastBaron9 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
True enough I will grant to you that she was given to the Spanish along with other people as a gift. However she chose to act as a interpreter for the conquistadores, and chose to alert Cortes when she learned that some local tribes were going to ally with the Aztecs to destroy the Spanish invaders. This information was a major factor in the Aztec military defeat, so yeah she is a victim but foremost a traitor.
universalqueen Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
put yourself in her shoes. i'm pretty sure at least of the half of the malinche haters would have probably done the same thing if they were in her shoes. most people aren't brave enough to be matryars(i.e. the apostle peter, people who are forcelfully converted into another religion)
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