http://www.jaguar-sun.com/ [URL updated 2/13/01]
13 July 1999
I live in Southern California and Mexico City is only a few hours away by air. Yet I have never had any desire to visit that country. I like her people, but the country itself seemed so grey and poor, so desperate -- no rain, no housing, no hope.
The winter of 1999 an American shaman-healer, Eliot Cowan (author of Plant Spirit Medicine), trained by the Huichol Indians of Mexico, communed with the Huichol Fire God, Tatewari, who told him that I should go to Mexico for ceremonies of healing, protection, and rain-working. "No," I said, "I could die happy without ever going to Mexico." But Eliot insisted.
Despite my skepticism, I went in early May 1999 to participate in a week of rain rituals up in the highlands south of Cuernavaca. There, Mexico, as a place, became real for me. I care about her soil and weather now, for I added my own prayers to those of the shamanic weather-workers who had come to join an old shaman in praying for rain. I have drunk Mexico's waters now, walked her cobblestones, eaten her volcanic-enriched maize and beans, and felt her burning sun.......
Sunday, 4 June 2000: I began this page nearly a year ago on 13 July 1999, but because I was alerted to the fact that some of the material I was including was still sensitive and secret, I pulled it, turned my attention elsewhere and never returned. Today I received a disturbing e-mail regarding Mexico's Chiapas region, where many modern-day descendents of the Maya live. Those voices cry out to be heard by the world beyond Mexico. Feeling a sense of urgency about this, I have resumed work on this page today and am publishing what I've completed so far. Much more remains, but today I start with the Maya.......
Mayan Women (detail)
The brush in the headdress of the woman on the left
indicates that she's a literate scribe/artist.
Photograph © Justin Kerr, file number K. 0554 -- used with permission
From Jeeni Criscenzo comes "Jaguar Sun," a beautifully written, handsome website on the Maya, both ancient and modern (don't miss her large opening "morphed" illustration -- it'll repeat if you hit "reload").http://home.epix.net/~miser17/art.html
The e-mail that I mentioned above also comes from her. I should add that Jeeni is a researcher and author of Place of Mirrors, an historical novel about the ancient Maya (note: another of her annotated links is on my Common Themes >> Creation Myths page). Here is a portion of her e-mail:[4 June 2000]...I have been following several email lists over the past few years since the massacre in Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico and I'm very concerned by the messages of the past few weeks, concerning conditions in Chiapas. What is most upsetting is that if it wasn't for the information coming through these Internet lists, I would think there was nothing wrong in Chiapas. The media tells us that the upcoming presidential elections in Mexico on July 2nd, will be the most "legal" ever held. But the escalation of human rights abuses against the indigenous peoples of Chiapas never makes it to the news.This website will let you explore the long-vanished world of the fabled Maya, but please also take the time to be aware of the plight of their children in today's Chiapas.
I will be posting news of the situation, as I get it, on my website
at http://www.jaguar-sun.com/ [URL updated 2/13/01] - Click on the word "Chiapas" under the morphed picture of Pakal to get to to a list of reports. The most recent news will be at the top. Please read the postings from 6/1/00. At the very least, we need to let Mexico know we are watching - that the veil of secrecy that has protected their atrocities has been lifted....
This is the opening page of the Maya Art Pages from Stevan Davies, Professor of Religious Studies at College Misericordia, Dallas, Pennsylvania. The art, arranged thematically, is beautifully maintained (see illustration above for his page on Mayan Women). I especially revel in the vase paintings from Justin Kerr [see directly below] -- Kerr's site gives much more data on each piece, but Davies' clickable thumbnails will take you to stunning enlargements not available on Kerr's site.http://www.famsi.org/mayavase/
This is Justin Kerr's "Mayan Vase Database," a huge, splendid collection of over 1000 rollout photographs. You could spend hours searching here with his search engine. Several theme-oriented pages only hint at what's available.Clothing, Regalia, Textiles from the Chiapas Highlands of Mexico
This is my Mything Links' reconstruction of the late Paula Geise's work on Mayan weaving (the page is double-listed on my Common Themes >> Weaving page).
Much more to come -- please be patient
To Mexico's Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos
To Meso-America Page (forthcoming)
To Latin America entry page
This Latin America page includes two Mything Links "special features"
applicable to this entire region:
Latin America: Lore & History of Chocolate
Latin America: Lore & History of Maize
NOTE: If you have comments or suggestions,
my e-mail address will be found near the bottom of my home page.
This page created with Netscape Gold, 3.01
Technical assistance: William Weeks
Text and Design:
Copyright 1999-2001 by Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.
Page begun 13 July 1999, 1:45-5am;
after nearly a year's hiatus, continued and finally went on-line 4 June 2000.
13 February 2001 (updated 2 URL's; checked all other links)