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42 Populär Culture Review the tale combines the stories o f two female folk characters. Malinche m oums forever those who died as a result o f her assistance to the Spaniards. Jesus H elguera’s images o f strong Aztec warriors and nubile princesses, and yes, Malinche, captured the imaginations o f generations o f M exican families and became icons o f Chicano populär culture. Engravers used Helguera’s populär images in calendars and cigar boxes to disseminate nationalist history to the masses. One still finds his renditions in the parlor o f the homes o f many Mexican families. In Cortes y la Malinche, she rides a white charger seated in front o f her lover. The paintings o f Malinche, European in features and dress, express Helguera’s classical artistic training in Spain. For Ireneo Paz, the grandfather, Malinche is a positive character inspired by love and propelled by destiny. For Octavio Paz, the grandson, Malinche is negative and motivated by selfishness, the victim o f her own poor choices. Nobel laureate Octavio believed that myths like Malinche die and are rebom again under new circumstances. His version o f the M alinche myth emphasized her treachery, the betrayal o f her people, the violence o f the conquest, and the birth o f the first mestizo. For Octavio, Malinche is the key to the Mexican soul. Octavio Paz believed that women have an innate vulnerability that transforms them into chingadas (those who are violated). Malinche represents indigenous women fascinated with, and seduced by, the Spaniards. “ She is the seed o f shame that every Mexican, but especially every M exican male, carries within him” (86). Octavio Paz argued that Cortes an B