Category: Maya

Gender violence in Guatemala: ‘A woman’s struggle is everyone’s struggle’

Being a woman in Guatemala isn’t easy. The small central American country has one of the highest rates of femicide in the world, with at least two women murdered every day. Being an indigenous woman in Guatemala is even harder. In addition to the…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 7

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…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 6

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…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 5

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…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 4

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…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 3

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…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 2

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….

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 1

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…

Magical Uxmal and Kabah

NahuaYucatán, Mexico. 13. May, 2017. Uxmal and Kabah were two of the largest Maya cities in the Yucatan from 700-1200 CE. Connected by a grand 18 km. long raised pedestrian causaway five meters wide with great monumental arches at each end. Grand roads connected…

The Gorgeous Cenotes of Mexico

Haven’t heard of cenotes? Neither had I but they are gorgeous, and there are plenty to go around, around 7.000 in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Cenotes are essentially sinkholes or underground caves that are formed when limestone burdocks collapse, leaving a hole in the…

The Magic of Chichen Itzá

Chichen Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico. 7. May, 2017. The multicultural Maya city of Chichen Itzá was once the largest city in the Yucatán Peninsula. The name means something like the watery magical hole place, in reference to the sacred cenote nearby. Exhibiting many different cultural…

Sweet Mérida

Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. 7. May, 2017. Mérida (T’hó or Ichkanzihóo) is the capital of Yucatán state and the largest city of the Yucatán Peninsula. A beautiful city of little more than one million people. Probably the longest continually-occupied city in the Americas, it is…

Fighting Cholitas

La Paz (Chuqi Yapu), Bolivia 9. April, 2017 Watched Aymara women and men ‘fighting’ in the ring in El Alto, a mostly Aymaran sister city of La Paz. This is generally a rather popular event with locals, with the Fighting Cholitas exciting people more…

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