Category

Maya Culture

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…

Continue reading
Who are the maya?

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…

Continue reading
Who are the maya?

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…

Continue reading
Who are the maya?

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;…

Continue reading
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…

Continue reading
Who are the maya?

The “Balam:” A Legend Nearing Extinction

The sacred universe of the pre-Hispanic Maya was made up of a totality that included mankind, natural phenomena, heavenly objects, and more. The animals were essential symbols, associated with vital…

Continue reading
Who are the maya?

What You Didn’t Know About “Chicle”

Most of us have tried all kinds of chewing gum, with a variety of flavors, colors and even different smells. But, did you know that “chicle” (gum) was born in…

Continue reading
Who are the maya?

Cabañuelas: Weather Predictions for 2017

Is it possible to predict the weather for the whole year? The answer is yes. All you need to do is have knowledge of the ancient civilizations of México, like…

Continue reading
Maya Culture

Celebrate your Maya Wedding at Yucatán!

“In yaakumech” (“I love you” in Maya) Imagine your wedding ceremony surrounded by symbols of great tradition and pre-Hispanic roots, with the music of conch shells and the aromas of…

Continue reading
Who are the maya?

Living Magic: Aluxes

Ever since I was a child, my grandmother told me stories about little elves or spirits, often naughty and playful, who used to live in patios, out in the fields,…

Continue reading
Who are the maya?

A Day in the Life of Don Hermenegildo

Hermenegildo Catzín has dedicated his 62 years to his lands, the planting of the corn, and to his family in his native Cuzamá. But one day the daily routine changed,…

Continue reading
Who are the maya?

Maya Medicine

For the Maya, illnesses were a product of instability, a lack of balance between body and soul; in order to heal, the patient must reestablish a natural order, aligning his…

Continue reading
Who are the maya?

The First Sustainable Building

The engineering and architecture of the Maya pyramids is admirable; those majestic buildings that constantly amaze us, like Chichén Itzá, Uxmal and Mayapán. But there are other buildings that deserve…

Continue reading
Chaac Chichen Itza Maya Cultura Prehispánica
Who are the maya?

The Underworld Guardian: Chaac

The Maya culture had a close relationship with nature, whether observing the stars for hours, allowing them to create precise astronomic calendars; or through offerings and petitions, like the ones…

Continue reading
Who are the maya?

Maya Trees

For the Maya, trees were essential for life, they had a profound respect for them, and they attributed religious and cosmological qualities to them. Today many are still considered sacred….

Continue reading
Who are the maya?

Playing Maya Games

Before we had tablets, video games, and apps on cell phones, it was quite common in Yucatán to see children playing tinjoroch, which consists of twirling a flattened metal bottle…

Continue reading
Who are the maya?

Maya Astronomy 

The Maya, in addition to being great engineers, builders, and inventors, were great observers of the heavens. They made discoveries that astonish us until this day. The stars, the sun,…

Continue reading
Baile Cabeza de Cochino, Jarana
Maya Culture

Maya Theater: Pig’s Head

The Maya, in addition to their numerous scientific, astronomical, and cultural discoveries, also dedicated part of their time to artistic representations, mainly rituals and ceremonies that brought together dance and…

Continue reading
Maya Culture

Living Maya Language

Ma’alob ki’in (good morning), tu’ux ka bin (where are you going?) and Tak saamal (see you tomorrow) are some basic Maya phrases you need to learn, and practice, during your…

Continue reading
Maya Culture

Popol Vuh

Considered “the bible of the Maya”, it is one of their most important books, for it compiles the wisdom and tradition of the inhabitants of the Quiché region of Guatemala….

Continue reading