Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Dig that Mayan Mambo

A re-creation of a Mayan ceremony...
Play that funky music like you mean it...
Today we return to Mexico...

The Mayan culture originated in the region about five thousand years ago and reached its peak about one thousand years ago. For unknown reasons their civilization started to die out and they abandoned many of their prominent villages and towns.

And once the Mayans came into contact with the newly arrived Spanish invaders, it was game over for them.

One of the highlights of our day excursion to Xcaret Eco-Park last November was the recreation of a Mayan ceremony. It was all whirling dancers, smoke and fire, chanting and shouting, and the beating of drums. The energy put out by the performers was impressive and we weren't surprised to see them with a good sweat on by the time it was all finished.

Getting the Mayan stink-eye...
Getting the Mayan stink-eye...

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