Popol Vuh: The Creation Story of the Maya
This is an account of the beginning, when all was stillness, silence, and water. There was no light, no land, no plants, no people, and no animals. Six deities, covered, in green and blue feathers, lay in the primordial waters: the Framer and the Shaper, Tepew and Quetzal Serpent, along with Xpiyacóc and Xmucané. These deities, helped Heart of Sky, also known as Hurakán, create the Earth. Their spirit essence and their miraculous power gave the Earth its creative energy. Now the land had a heart, and they called it Heart of Earth.
After arriving in Cancun, we drove to Valladolid to the place where we were staying for the night- a five story new ruin in the middle of the jungle. The place was amazing and bizarre, halfway finished and built by hand by an American named Al. He showed us the rooftop deck, where he told us stories about the Mayans and the stars. The next morning we headed out to see the ruins at Chichen Itza. We were some of the first people to arrive, even before the street vendors, and it was amazing to see the place empty and then full of people.
We arrived in Merida as the sun was setting and drove to the town square to call Genoveva, who’s apartment we were renting. We meet her in front of the place, and to our surprise it wasn’t an apartment at all. It was a one story studio with an enormous and private backyard. The whole place was one big room, beautifully decorated. It was just ours and beside the main boulevard of the city! We walked around the city, enjoying the contrast of the historic, colonial buildings right next to abandoned homes.
Cenotes & Uxmal
One of our favorite parts of Mexico were the cenotes, giant sink holes filled with water. They ranged from caves with a small opening of light to completely open with rope swings and lily pads. We also visited the ruins of Uxmal, near Merida. The gray sky and sprinkling rain made the stories of the Mayans even more dramatic, as we climbed the giant steps to the top of the temple.
If you would like to know more about any of the places we stayed in, they were all through AirBnB. Please send us a message and we’ll pass the info along! Part 2 of Mexico to come- filled with beaches, fish, and sunshine! Check back soon. Salud!
Translation from: http://maya.nmai.si.edu/sites/default/files/transcripts/the_creation_story_of_the_maya.pdf