Month: December 2017

7. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

El Salvador El Salvador lies on the Pacific coast and is the smallest of the Central American countries. Most of the country rests on a fertile volcanic plateau. The development of coffee estates led to the slow but continuous dissolution of most of the…

6. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Honduras In the western corner of Honduras live the 51,000 strong Ch’orti’ Maya people, cousins of the Cholán Mayans in the Guatemalan lowlands who were responsible for many of the city states like Tikal that the Mayans are famous for. The once mighty Copán…

5. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Belize The indigenous people in Belize are concentrated mainly in the south and west of the country, in the Corozal, Cayo, Toledo and Orange Walk districts. They are mostly of two main groups. Various Maya groups and the Garifuna who are mostly African in origin but have taken on Cariban language…

4. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Guatemala The territory of modern Guatemala once formed the core of the Maya civilization of the highlands. Most of the country was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century, becoming part of the vice royalty of New Spain. Guatemala attained independence in 1821 as part of the Federal…

3. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Mexico (Chiapas) Inhabited mostly by a majority Maya populations of the closely related Tzotzil and Tzeltal ethnic groups in the highlands, the Chol of the forests in the north who inhabited the whole Usumacinta River valley in the Mayan Classic period, the Toholabal and…

Ascending the steps of Hlíðskjálf

Medieval Icelandic literary sources often portray the god Óðinn as an ultimate sovereign. They describe him as the god of kings and great warriors, whom he would welcome into his hall, Valhöll after they died in battle. They also describe him as the actual…

2. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Mexico (Yucatán Peninsula) The Mayans in the Yucatán Peninsula call themselves simply Maya. Anthropologists and linguists call their language Yucatec Maya. People of Maya ancestry are about 3 million in the Peninsula but only about 1.2 million speak to varying degree the Maya language….

1. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

This is the first part of what will become a seven part series about the modern day Maya peoples in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. Since the arrival of Spanish conquistadors to their lands from the 16th century onward, they have had…

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