Dispatch from Maya Land #1
Greetings from Guatemala! Saq’ Be’ North has traveled to be with our Saq’ Be’ family here for a few months. We’ll be spending time with elders, Ajq’ij’ab and communities, where we plan to continue research deeper into the knowledge and wisdom of the Maya tradition, visit sacred places and work to support those that keep these traditions alive and vital. We plan to turn important parts of this experience into new and ongoing programming available to you, articles, videos and other means of sharing and clarifying aspects of this rich tradition.
While we began this journey with the Barrios family in Antigua, we’ve since moved to settle in at lake Attitlan. Although I don’t often write for this site with my own words, I deeply appreciate the opportunity while overlooking this majestic body of water flanked by volcanoes. I am writing this following the conclusion of the Wayeb and the start of the new ‘Ab Calendar, which is now being governed by the carrier job (five) Tz’ikin.
We will be here for many special events and ceremonies and look forward to spending time with the many incredible keepers of this tradition! In just a few weeks, we will celebrate another Maya New Year, that of the Cholq’ij, which this year has a special coincidence with the equinox/ zenith sun. We will be traveling to a sacred place here in the highlands for the ceremony.
I’ll periodically post updates during out time here, and I’m sure Saq’ Be’ will be rolling out content for quite some time beyond.