Mayan Site – K’aak Chi – Discovered Online by a 15 Year Old Canadian Kid

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New Mayan Ruins Discovered

15-Year-Old Canadian Kid Finds Ancient Mayan City A Canadian teenager believes he has discovered the ruins of a lost Mayan city with the assistance of Google Maps, a star chart and some serious smarts. William Gadoury, from Quebec, came up with the theory that the Maya civilization chose the location of its towns and cities according to its star constellations. He found Mayan¬†cities lined up exactly with stars in the civilization’s major constellations. Studying the star map further, he discovered … Read More

Guide to Mayan Mythology and Deities

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Magicians Pyramid at Uxmal, Yucatan

The ancient Maya had a complex pantheon of deities whom they worshiped and offered human sacrifices. Rulers were believed to be descendants of the gods and their blood was the ideal sacrifice, either through personal bloodletting or the sacrifice of captives of royal blood. The Mayan vision of the universe is divided into multiple levels, above and below earth, positioned within the four directions of north, south, east and west. After death, the soul was believed to go to the … Read More

Journeys – Mexico City to Chichen Itza and Back

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Uxmal Ruins

Admittedly, not all of these sites are of Mayan origin. Many Mayans did disburse throughout colonial Mexico as their worlds in the Peten region of Guatemala and the regions surrounding Calakmul began to crumble. Many ended up in colonial cities and still live there today. Their influence is still felt and mingles with the Spanish colonial vibe in many ways – especially with artisanal crafts and the food. The best of early colonial Mexico and stunning sites like Palenque dot … Read More

Trips – Chiapas to Lake Atitlan

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Agua Azul

Your Mayan adventure begins in the ancient and majestic Mayan city of Palenque. Staying in nearby Palenque town provides a base to explore the ruins and plenty of hotel and restaurant options. Get up early to visit the ruins, the wildlife is much more active early in the morning. The jewel of Palenque is the “Temple of the Inscriptions” and get a guide too. They are full of interesting insight on the origins and history of Palenque. Ours had been … Read More

The Mayan Sites of Belize

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Caracol Archeology

Belize – Heart of the Ancient Mayan World Belize is a stunning country. Beautiful beaches, pristine jungles, abundant wildlife, cayes in shouting distant to the world’s second largest barrier reef and a truly unique mix of indigenous, Afro-Caribe, Spanish, Anglo, Mayan and Garifuna heritage present in the food, culture and everyday life. Belize is also a treasure trove of ancient Mayan temples, towns and cities, only a few of which have been uncovered. Those that have been uncovered are only … Read More

Mayan Gods and Mythology

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Copan Mayan Ruins

The ancient Maya had over 150 Gods in their complex religion, each with clearly defined characteristics and purposes. We’ll expand on this going forward but for now let’s check out who appears to be the most represented in Mayan glyphs and codex’s : 1. Itzamn (or Zamn) Itzamn, the big cheese overall and lord of the heavens as well as night and day, could be called upon in hard times or calamities. Who says nice guys finish last? Itzamn was … Read More

The Mayan Calendar – How Were the Maya So Advanced?

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Mayan Calendar

The essentials of the Maya calendar are based upon a system which had been in common use throughout the region, dating back to at least the 5th century BC. It shares many aspects with calendars employed by other earlier Mesoamerican civilizations, such as the Zapotec and Olmec, and contemporary or later ones such as the Mixtec and Aztec calendars. The Mayan calendar was amazingly accurate as well. Documented from colonial accounts and codex’s found scattered across the globe after the … Read More

Cooking Like the Ancient Mayans

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Maize Is Still Important to Maya

Eat Like the Ancient Maya Ever eaten real authentic Mexican? Although it differs vastly from Ancient Mayan plates, it clearly influenced many regional Mexican and Guatemalan dishes. How they cooked might have had influence as well. The Mayan’s used usually relied on clay pots and other unique earthen cooking methods. Stephanie Simms was digging at the Escalera al Cielo site in a hilly region of rural Yucat√°n, Mexico, when she discovered a trove of clay balls the size of plums. … Read More