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The Archaeology of Sacred Rituals

I flew to Yucatán from Mississippi for the first time in 2011 for an exhausting summer of archaeology. It was hot day after hot day of back-breaking (sometimes boring) work:…

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The Legend of Xtabay

Xtabay (pronounced esh-ta-bye): a fantastical Yucatecan woman, with long dark hair, dressed in white. Akin to a mermaid, the Xtabay floats between the spiky thorns of a ceiba grove. There,…

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Destinations, It's very yucatecan, Traditions, Travel in yucatan, Who are the maya?

Food Culture in the Puuc: The Original Farm to Table Movement

The modern Maya inhabitants of distant Yaxhachén maintain many of their traditional ways of living. They thrive as subsistence farmers, where men cultivate honey and work on small farms called…

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It's very yucatecan, Maya Culture, Restaurant Reviews, Who are the maya?

The Magic of Female Chefs in Yucatán

“The female chefs in Yucatán are magicians,” says Miriam Peraza, owner of the restaurant Manjar Blanco. In our interview we talked about women, grandmothers, and the magic of the aromas…

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History, It's very yucatecan, Maya Culture, Traditions, Who are the maya?

“Ko’olel, transforming the way”

The woman in Yucatán’s history arrives at Palacio Cantón in the exhibition “Ko’olel, transforming the way” *** A journey from the first known woman, to the new female identities. ***…

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Archaeological Sites, It's very yucatecan, Maya Culture, Who are the maya?

Perched on the Edge of Time

The sprawling archaeological site of Uxmal overflows with bare stone detail. Symbolism grows along the architecture where the Turquoise-browed Motmot, (“Toh” in Maya), perches regally. She looks me in the eye,…

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History, Maya Culture

Stephens and Catherwood Take the Maya World

Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya Reviewed by Jeanine Kitchel   IN 1839 an…

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Cacao, From México to the World

Before the world was as we know it today, cacao (or chocolate) was already among us under the protection of the Maya god Ek Chuah. Learn more about this delicious…

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Colonial Cities, Healthy body, healthy planet, Maya Culture, Traditions

The Secrets of Izamal: Maya Herbalism

Izamal is a city in Yucatán that you can’t miss, for the richness of its historical past, for its colonial architecture, and the mysticism that surrounds its most deeply rooted…

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Starting Cycles Maya Style

One of the biggest surprises from the Maya calendars is that, unlike the Gregorian calendar that governs the occidental world, it doesn’t show the beginning of the New Year on…

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“If you die, who will tell the stories?”

In the late 1920s, Doña Bacila Tzek Uc was born in Dzam, Yucatán in a hammock underneath a thatch roof. When she was eight, a locust plague devastated the Puuc…

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Discover the Maya Underworld

The word “underworld” makes people shudder, and we immediately imagine darkness and mystery. For the Maya it was a “hidden place,” the “Xibalbá”, which you could access through the cenotes…

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The Scary Maya Legend of “Huay Chivo”

Beings that transform themselves at night, half human/half animals, masters of darkness that arouse fear … no, it’s not part of a modern graphic novel, but rather one of the…

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Maya Millennial Secrets of the Moon

The moon is one of the most enigmatic and important elements within Maya mythology, to the extent that a calendar was created from its observation. It is also identified with…

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Maya Language in Urban Music

“Let’s go, let’s all go…we are travelers from this land,” Xíimbal Kaaj “Xíimbal Kaaj” or “people who walk,” is a rap song in Maya, sung by the musicians Pat Boy…

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Maya Culture

Maya Legends about Animals

Animals who can light up their bodies at night, birds who sing like gods, and others who announce omens, are some of the legends, product of the imagination of the…

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Discover the Mystery behind the Zero

What does zero mean to you, “nothing”? Or is it just something you learned at school? Let’s solve the mystery of what it meant to the Maya. The zero, the…

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The Maya of Yucatán, a Living Culture

When you think of the Maya people, you probably imagine the ones who built the pyramids that we admire so much. We want you to know that the Maya are…

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The Story Behind the Mayab Trekkers

“Trekker, who goes on the trails, on the old trails of the Mayab,” as the beautiful Yucatecan song says, with words by Antonio Médiz Bolio and music by Guty Cárdenas;…

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Archaeological Sites, Maya Culture

Solar Splendor at Dzibilchaltún and Chichén Itzá

Every year in Yucatán, the god Kukulkán has a date on March 21 to show off his solar splendor and delight visitors with a unique astronomic show at to the…

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