Follow the footsteps of Mayan priests, brave Spanish conquistadors, and 19th century adventurers who climbed the very same steps. From impressive towering pyramids in the Yucatan Peninsula to elaborate ancient cities found in Coba, the Mayan heritage continues to draw millions of tourists from across the globe.
Day of the Dead festivities. While it's strange for most of us to accept the fact that "death" and "festivities" can go hand-in-hand, for most Mexicans, the two are intricately entwined. This all stems from the ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico Purepecha, Nahua, Totonac and Otomi who believed that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with their living relatives - to eat, drink and be merry.
Just like they did when they were living. Tempered somewhat by the arrival of the Spaniards in the 15th century, current practice calls for the deceased children little angels to be remembered on the previous day November 1st, All Saints Day with toys and colorful balloons adorning their graves.
And the next day, All Souls Day, adults who have died are honored with displays of the departed's favorite food and drinks, as well as ornamental and personal belongings. Flowers, particularly the zempasuchil an Indian word for a special type of marigold and candles, which are placed on the graves, are supposed to guide the spirits home to their loved ones.
Other symbols include the elaborately-decorated pan de muerto a rich coffee cake decorated with meringues made to look like bonesskull-shaped candies and sweets, marizpan death figures and papier mache skeletons and skulls. Today, these macabre symbols and other similar items fill the shops and candy stalls by mid October.
During this time, homes are often decorated in the same manner as the graves. This may all seem morbid and somewhat ghoulish to those who are not part of that culture.
It's just that they recognize it, mock it, even defy it. Death is part of life and, as such, it's representative of the Mexican spirit and tradition which says: They ring throughout the night. At sunrise, the ringing stops and those relatives who have kept the night-long vigil, go home.
The most vivid and moving Day of the Dead celebrations take place on ths island of Janitzio in Lago de Patzcuaro. Here, at the crack of dawn on November 1st the Purepechan Indians get the festivities going with a ceremonial duck hunt. At midnight, the cooked duck and other zesty edibles are brought to the cemetery in the flickering light of thousands of candles.
Those visitors who come are in for an awesome spectacle as the women pray and the men chant throughout the chilly night. Other candle-lit ceremonies take place in the nearby towns of Tzintzuntzan the ancient capital of the Purepechan peopleJarauaro and Erongaricuaro.
If you're thinking of witnessing this annual spectacle next year, it's best to make reservations right now since available hotels do fill up quickly.This book traces the evolution of Maya civilization through the Pre-Columbian era, a span of some 2, years from the origins of complex society within Mesoamerica to the end of the Pre-Columbian world with the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century.
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