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Culture of Mesoamerica and the Maya World

This post will be sticky in the “culture” category. To start with, here are some links that might be helpful. For now, many of these utilize the old…

Maya Symbology: Parrot

This parrot is carved in stone near the top of the Great Pyramid at the classic Maya site of Uxmal in the Yucatan. “Uxmal” means thrice-built, but archaeologists…

Palo Volante, Chichicastenango

During the fiesta of Santo Tomas (Dec. 21), in Chichicastenango in the Guatemalan highlands, extremely tall pine poles are consecrated and erected in the plaza for the ceremony…

Flowers in Mesoamerica

I remember my first arrival in Guatemala, back in the 1970s. I had been studying literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, when I got what seemed to be…

Balam Ajpu: Maya Hiphop as Political and Cultural Expression

  Maya culture is among the most persistent in the world. People sometimes say things like “The disappearance of Maya civilization remains something of a mystery.” But anyone…

Mexico returns to its roots

Over at Frisco Vista I recently posted about my new bitters, called Old Tom’s Maximon Mole Bitters. They will definitely spice up a cocktail. So what better time…

Mesoamerican animal husbandry

A team of researchers led by Andrew Somerville of the University of California San Diego, as reported by Cynthia Graber in Scientific American, have produced new evidence that ancient Mesoamericans…

Maya quiz

National Geographic has an interesting quiz on the Maya. It’s fairly challenging — anyway, I got two answers wrong.

Drinking vessel, 600-800 CE

The portion of this painted ceramic drinking vessel that is shown in this image shows a well-turned- jaguarsporting a knotted scarf and a deer antler. He is a…

Maya foods that changed world cuisine

Christine Delsol identifies ten revolutionary Maya foods. Chocolate Vanilla Corn Chiles Tomatoes Black beans Avocado Sweet potato Squash Papaya Pretty good list. Read what she has to say…

A new discovery at El Mirador

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy A pair of monumental (26-foot) stucco panels have been discovered at the important classic Maya site…

Happy Haab 5125

Yesterday, Sunday Feb. 22, marked the first day of the Maya year 5125, according to the Maya solar calendar, or haab. The haab is also known as the…

Maya multiplication

I don’t know anything about this. Is it really Maya? .

Viene el dia de los muertos

With Day of the Dead around the corner, Rafael Jesús González’s blog is well worth visiting. He traces the celebration from its ancient roots through the colonial period…

Photo Wednesday: Maximon

This image of Maximon comes from cito’s photostream .

Wilfredo Lam and Carlos Luna

Wilfredo Lam (1902-19982) was an influential modernist Cuban painter. Among those who acknowledge his influence is the contemporary painter Carlos Luna. While Luna was born in Cuba, his…

Is that Maximon playing the marimba?

?billy thinks it is. He posted the photo on his blog Donde El Viento Me Lleva, along with some recollections of Maximon. . Life has imputantly interfered with…

Volver volver

I’m back after a little medical absence.

Photo Wednesday: Painted table top

This photo of a table top painted with images of colorful fruit, taken in a crafts shop in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico, is from Lucy Nieto’s photostream. .

Juan Soriano at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Juan Soriano (1920-2006) was born in Guadalajara, son of veterans of the Mexican revolution. Something of a prodigy, he developed his distinctive style after moving to Mexico City…

Photo Wednesday

Today’s photo, of chiles in a market in Campeche, comes from malias’ photostream. .

Mexico and the modern print

Mexico City’s Museo Nacional de Arte is offering what looks like a strong show of Mexican printmaking from 1920-1950. The full title is México y la Estampa Moderna,…

A Maya suspension bridge?

A fellow named James O’Kon claims that the Maya built the longest bridge span in the ancient world. His theory is based on computer reconstructions derived from a…

Ancient Maya produced high-quality textiles

That the ancient Maya produced high-quality textiles will come as little surprise to anyone who has traveled through the modern Maya world. But because few textiles are preserved…

Photo Wednesday

This image of the National Palace and downtown Guatemala City at night is from Oscar Mota’s photostream. .

The war on plants

Dale Pendell, author of Pharmako/Poeia, has argued that the “war on drugs” is like a religious war, intended to keep officially sanctioned drugs like alcohol and chocolate dominant….

Maya temples

If figures somehow that Sun Ra would have done a tune called Mayan Temples. Far out? .

Adding up the bones

and arms, and hearts, and hands, and arrows . . . Geographer Barbara Williams and mathematician Maria del Carmen Jorge y Jorge have, after three decades of labor,…

Guatemalan worry dolls

Worry people are small, rather crude (but charming) dolls, usually sold in batches of several in a bag or box. As far as I know they are particular…

La Maldicion de Malinche

Amparo Ochoa’s take on Mexican history.