Maya

MAXIMÓN – Devil or Saint

The documentary MAXIMÓN – Devil or Saint is about the controversial Mayan deity that personifies good and evil simultaneously. There are those who believe that he’s a saint and those who believe that he’s something diabolical. The creators of the film tell Qué Pasa that there are many stories about Maximón, a blend of...

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Haab’

It’s another Mayan calendar known as the Haab’ Calendar Round (or Civil Cycle) which has 18 named months with 20 numbered days in each month; this makes a cycle of 360 days. To make the Haab’ equal the solar year of 365 days, the Maya added a 19th “month” of only five days, called...

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La Cuenta Larga

The third calendar of the Maya was what is now known as the Long Count. It keeps track of the days that have passed since a starting date in the distant past (which corresponds to the Gregorian Calendar date of September 6, 3114 B.C.). Currently the Long Count is more than 1.87 million days....

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Letter from the Editor, January 2013

Another year gone and passed, and we’re still here! I had my doubts with the whole “2012 End of the World” thing. But if you’re reading this, then I guess it was just the end of another calendar and we can all go out and hire some stonemasons to carve a new one for...

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Letter from the Editor, December 2012

I have to admit, while I was sitting in my garden and watching my house shake and feeling the earth undulate beneath me during last month’s earthquake, the thought, “Maybe the Maya were right,” did pass my mind.  But of course, that would be the “Hollywood” interpretation of the “end date” of the Mayan calendar....

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The Era of The Light

There are many different theories about the end of the world. One of them is extrapolated from the Mayan culture. The Maya have been closely identified with the cosmos and time, and their Long Count Calendar – which records 1,872,000 days or about 5,125 1/3 years, and started on August 11th, 3114 BCE –...

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13 B’ak’tun

We celebrate the Mayan culture, their calendar, and the new B’ak’tun with two articles and a stunning collection of photography. The first article deciphers the beautifully intricate and accurate Mayan calendar, decoding its enigma into easily understandable cycles. The second article examines the significance of the “end date” of the Long Count calendar –...

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Sightseeing: El Zotz

It was in 2005 when I first visited El Zotz. During my first trip to Guatemala, I was living in San José, Petén, studying medicinal plants and their uses at the Institute for Maya-Ethnobotany and Maya research Playa Diana field station. Curious about Mayan history and archaeology, after just one month I had already...

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The Wonderful World of Chocolate

Chocolate. It has got to be one of the finest and most enjoyed delicacies on earth. It was the Maya who first cultivated the strange looking cacao plant, harvested its beans, and brewed them into a hot drink. So, it’s fitting that while you’re here in “El Corazón del Mundo Maya” (“The Heart of...

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