The Passing of Carlos Barrios
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Ajq’ij, elder, and driving force behind the formation of Saq’ Be’, Don Carlos Barrios. Carlos passed away yesterday morning. Carlos was tireless in his efforts to support the elders, traditions and wisdom of the Maya as well as Indigenous spiritual leaders around the world. Having been trained by elders Don Pasqual and Don Isidro, Carlos organized major gatherings of elders in Guatemala including in 1995 and 2000, became a tireless researcher for the recovery of Maya knowledge along with his brother Gerardo and sister Lina, and was instructed to share Maya teachings and wisdom with the world. Carlos is the author of The Book of Destiny, which has served not only to spread Maya teachings into the world beyond Maya lands, but has also been instrumental in helping to re-awakening knowledge within Maya communities. Carlos was a founding force with Saq’ Be’, which he encouraged as a vehicle to support the recovery and renewal of the living Maya tradition as well as a pathway to share that wisdom into the world in a way that connects back to honoring its living lineage. Carlos was always incredibly generous with his time and energy in advancing these efforts. He will be missed by the countless lives he has touched, especially his family in Guatemala, including his two daughters and grandchildren.