Mundo Maya Blog
About this blog
Travelers to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras in 2012 can expect a yearlong celebration of Maya culture, past and present—and Moon Maya 2012 author Joshua Berman is blogging about all of it.
- Maya 2012: A Round-up of Celebrations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize & Honduras
- Reporting for National Geographic on Maya winter solstice in Belize
- Maya calendar cycle celebrated throughout Central America
- Feliz B'aktun! The New Dawn is Here: The First Sunrise in Caracol, Belize
- Maya Calendar 101: What Does “December 21, 2012” Really Mean?
- Gifts for Mayaphiles
- Books on the Maya: Suggested Reading for 2012
- Izapa Sunrise Story by Mary Jo McConahay
- Tranquilo Radio Tour 2012: Seven hours straight of talking about travel
- Tune in this Wednesday! Maya 2012 author Josh Berman on a radio show near you!
- End Maya-Aztec calendar confusion now!
- Q&A with Maya Experts on Satellite Imagery of Archaeological Sites
- Maya response to 'doomsday' 2012 stories
- Only a couple of rooms left for "The Great Return: Copan 2012" tour of a lifetime!
- 5 Questions about Traveling in the Mundo Maya for Rafael Garcia
Connecting Modern Maya with their Past
We often forget that much of the knowledge we have about the ancient Maya was only recently acquired, usually through the work of western academics who come to excavate and decipher the ancients sites and writings. To bridge the knowledge gap between westerners and modern Maya curious about their past, there is an interesting movement called "Mam."
Mam is both the Maya word for "ancestor" and an acronym for "Mayas for Ancient Mayas." The group is described as a "movement — part academic, part spiritual — as the indigenous Maya reunite with their own past, reading the ancient hieroglyphic books and monuments, communicating with their ancestors."
Mam provides financial aid for modern Maya to attend workshops and conferences around the world where they learn about the latest advances in decipherment of the ancient Maya writing. They then encourage these students to help inform their elders, colleagues and children in Mayan-speaking communities. [LINK]