Mundo Maya Blog
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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
Izapa Sunrise Story by Mary Jo McConahay
Veteran journalist Mary Jo McConahay, the author of Maya Roads, One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest (Chicago Review Press), has published a narrative on gadling.com (one of the best travel blogs ever) entitled "Sunrise At Izapa, Mexico: The Place Where Time Began." The reference is to the unique structure alignment of the temples at Izapa archaeological zone, in southwestern Mexico. The site is the focus of John Major Jenkins' galactic alignment theory, and considered by some to be the birthplace (or one of several pre-Classic birthplaces) of the Long Count Calendar, which is ending in a few short days. Izapa will be host to several special events and ceremonies in late 2012.
"Izapa," McConahay writes, "is off the beaten path even for Maya trail travelers, on the Pacific coast where Guatemala and Mexico come together. It's not Palenque with its grand temples, or the intimate painted walls of Bonampak ... Hungry families plant corn and beans right up to the ruins, errant stalks and tendrils invading old stones. But 3000 years ago Izapa was a powerful city-state, much bigger. An archaeologist told me that sometimes a peasant farmer, acres away from the center, is clearing brush with his machete and – clang! – he hits the stony remains of an old staircase, or a sacred altar." [read the rest of McConahay's story]