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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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Xtabay: Legend With Aroma

In México the tradition continues, of telling stories, tales and legends, as witness to events from the past; many of these are still recounted today. One example in Yucatán is…

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Maya History: The Caste War

An important chapter in the history of the Maya, perhaps the most significant in recent chronology, is commemorated every July 30, when one more year has passed since the social…

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Sacbé, Ancient Road to Adventure

The Maya left us a cultural legacy that we continue to admire and explore today. Proof of this are the “white roads” that we can still find in some archaeological…

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Ecology, Maya Culture

Discover the Power of the Jaguar

Warrior, hunter, symbol of life and fertility, protector of agriculture, and link with the underworld, the jaguar, or “balam” as it is known in the Yucatán Peninsula, is a magical…

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Maya Culture

The Maya Calendar

The Maya culture is really amazing; it not only boasts extremely advanced knowledge, but it also had a calendar system which governed the center of their lives. Of all the…

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