Tag: modern day Maya

Mayans in the Modern World: People With a Celebrated History Downtrodden in the Present

This is a love-and-hate story being played out in real life in the Yucutan Peninsula. On the one hand we have the indigenous Mayans of the Yucatán Peninsula who have a fascinating and world renown history of cities, pyramids, remarkable science achievements, writing, roads,…

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…

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