Mayan Culture

Mayan culture and History
Mayan culture and History
Early History Pre-Mayan cultures inhabited the Yucatán Peninsula as early as 3 B.C. During the 10th century, a Mayan group known as the Itzáes migrated into the area and built the cities of Coba, Xcaret, Xel Ha and Tulum. They also founded Chichén-Itzá and Champotón nearby in what would become the state…
Books on Mayan culture
Books on Mayan culture
Ancient Maya writing What is known and unknown Over the years scholars have debated the question of what exactly the hallmarks of civilization are. Many consider the development of writing, mathematics, astronomy, stratified society, trade systems, etc. as a measurement of progression towards high culture…
Mayan culture in Guatemala
Mayan culture in Guatemala
There’s something magical about Guatemala – maybe it’s the striking volcanos, the super-friendly people, or the colorful Mayan textiles you can find basically everywhere around the country. After going once to work with a Mayan community in Lake Atitlan, I swore to myself I’d come back to soak in the…
Pre Columbian Mesoamerican Civilizations
Pre Columbian Mesoamerican Civilizations
Let’s turn to talk about the people. What are the key groups of people or key civilizations of Mesoamerica? There are many, but the three that I thought I’d talk about were the Olmec, the Maya, and the Aztecs. We can look at those in chronological order. One of the earliest Mesoamerican people were the…
Mayan culture and religion
Mayan culture and religion
By Julio Saqui I am a Maya teacher in my village. One of the things I teach is about our culture and traditions. Having been in the cultural field and a cultural enthusiast for decades, I now firmly believe that RELIGION is the most destructive force on our Maya culture in my lifetime. Understand that…
Cosmology and religion
Cosmology and religion
In the film The Theory Of Everything , Stephen Hawking (portrayed by Eddie Redmayne) claims that cosmology is a religion for intelligent atheists . The question haunts the film as it haunts Hawking s books. In this 40 minute talk, Dr William Lane Craig examines this claim concerning cosmology using…
Mayan Indian culture
Mayan Indian culture
Mayan Indians are the people that inhabit the regions of southern Mexico and northern Central America. Although many people think of the Mayans as an ancient civilization, there are currently about six million Mayan Indians still living in this area. Many live moderns lives, but some still lead a more…
Ancient Mayan culture Facts
Ancient Mayan culture Facts
With the Mayan calendar firmly grabbing the imaginations of all who fixate on apocalypse scenarios, the Mesoamerican civilization is getting much attention these days. One can almost picture some first millennium Mayan PR executive plotting the abrupt calendar ending to ensure lasting fame for the ancient…
Mayan culture pictures
Mayan culture pictures
Interior views of this stunning church. We had a private guide during our tour of the Mayan ruins of Tonina. He is a rancher in the area and had an amazing sense of humour. This was him posing for us looking out of a window of the temple. He laughed and said “Mayan Bar” “Mayan Bar” taking our order for…
Mayan culture in Mexico
Mayan culture in Mexico
The Yucatan Peninsula, where nature had fun creating whimsical nooks and crannies and lavish jungles, was also the home of one of the most sophisticated cultures in recorded history: the Maya. Great observers of the stars and their relationship with the cycles of the earth, detailed architects, rigorous…
Sacrifice in Mayan culture
Sacrifice in Mayan culture
Today I visited a brand new museum in the State of Yucatan in Mexico. I was there to discuss the strategy and activities UNESCO s freshwater programme IHP with representatives from all continents. What struck me most in this museum was the orange statue of this god, put high up on a small temple. The…
Modern Mayan culture
Modern Mayan culture
Mount Holyoke College senior Harrison Gage was intrigued when she learned she would spend the summer cataloguing precious Mayan “poison flasks” during an internship in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. Rather than deadly concoctions, however, she learned that the vase-like containers…