Saturday, December 22, 2012

World Begins Anew, Caracol Winter Solstice

The World Begins Anew

As part of the 2012 year of activities, the National Institute of Culture and History organized overnight cultural tour experiences of the equinoxes and solstices at the site of Caracol in the Pine Ridge Reserve of Cayo, Belize.

We were given a tour by three of Belize’s senior archaeologists Dr. Alan Moore, Dr. Jaime Awe, and Dr. John Morris.

After a delicious dinner buffet of coco-soup, chaya bollos, chicken and pork pibil, corn tortillas, and tamalitos, we were given an excellent 2-part presentation on the Maya Worldview of 2012 and an overview of the work conducted and knowledge attained thus far of the splendid city-state of Caracol.

At the sound of the drum and flute around 3am on 21 December, the Shamans (spiritual guides), Maya elders, children and youth made their way to the A Structure, more commonly known as the E-Group.

The E-Groups are structures that were designed by the ancient Maya to map the movement of the sun during the yearly equinoxes and solstices. Needlessly to say, this was usually accompanied with great religious significance for the Maya.




Remarks from a Spiritual Elder:

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...Everything has an owner. It’s like us. We have pets and we are their owners. It’s the same way with the forest. Our Lord and Creator of Earth placed everything on earth for us to manage it. With this said, I give infinite thanks to God and our Ancestors who have had this way of life and have left for us all that we are able to observe. We can see their power and great wisdom that they had and which they have passed on to us. At times many of us humans have been ungrateful and have taken down the forest and rejected this way of life. This wisdom must be passed to our future generations...

Structure A "E-Group" at Caracol
The drowsy guests gradually encircled the altar built at the centre of the plaza to mark the end of the 13 Baktun. The Fire Ceremony was chiefly conducted by four spiritual guides of four Maya ethnic sub-groups:  Mopan, Yucatec, Kekchi, and Itza Maya.







The incense and payers were offered to the Creator, Mother Earth, traditional deities of the Maya, and the ancestors, and our Nahuals (spiritual overseers).

From what I was able to gather, it was mostly prayers of thanksgiving and of supplication for greater wellbeing of the Maya, humanity, and Mother Earth as we entered into a new cycle of life.  

At about 6am, we were shyly greeted by the the presence of Kinich Ahau in the cloudy morning with the playing of the flute. It was not until an hour after that his bright presence was seen above the south of Structure A-6.

Kinich Ahua makes his presence known 
Flute music accompanied Kinich Ahua:



It was truly a magnificent experience, fire ceremonies were conducted at various sacred centres (archaeological sites) throughout the Maya world.





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Dr. Jaime Awe



Co-Workers ISCR




Women played an important(behind the scene) role in the Ceremony






I’ll be uploading a few more images and video clips in due time.