Sunday, December 23, 2012

Traditional Maya Fire Ceremony

Enjoying a nice cup of tea!
December 21st 2012 was the end date of the oldest Mayan Calendar that was ever found and therefore led to many speculations as to what that meant and what would come next!  It was touted by some to be the end of the world, a complete annihilation of Planet Earth as we know it, with various versions of space ships, aliens or catastrophic events. To others, it represented a New Beginning, a New Era, or just a simple continuation of life.

All the Maya sites throughout Latin America were ready for the big celebrations, and here in the beautiful Cayo District of Belize, Caracol was the main event.  Tom and I, along with some friends attended the festivities.  It was fabulously organized and I wanted to recognize that, from the campsites where you set up your tent, to the activities, to the food, everything was perfect!

Dr. Jaime Awe, the Director of our Institute of Archeology, gave a power point presentation during a Traditional Maya dinner, and gave a special tour of Caracol to all present during the afternoon.

At 2.30am, a procession of Mayan drums and chanting went through the campsite and at 4am the traditional Maya Fire Ceremony was held in the plaza at the bottom of the pyramids.  It was beautiful.  The Shamans prayed and gave their blessings to those who requested it.  The sun rose and all was perfect with the world.

It was an unforgettable experience which will remain engraved in my mind forever.  Fantastic, surreal, mystical were some words used by guests who attended, and it truly was!

All of us at Mystic River Resort would like to wish all our guests, past, present and future a wonderful Holiday Season, and may New Beginnings be had for us all.

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