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.

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  • I’m saddened by his passing and grateful for his work and the impact it has had on my life.
    I read that there was a fund one might donate to for help on covering his medical bills.
    Please let me know if this is the case.

  • Oh, I am so sad for us in this world, but very happy for Carlos as he returns home to Source. While I never had the chance to see him in person, he was so very generous in doing a reading for me via Skype. His book (The Book of Destiny) remains in first place in the ranking of most important books for me, as it informs me almost every day on how to be in the world, and how to understand the energies surrounding me to guide me.

    Condolences especially to his sister Lina, his daughter Denise, and to Adam Rubel – all three so instrumental in bring Carlos’ wisdom to me and others in the U.S. I wish for peace and comfort for all those who love and miss Carlos today . . .

    Maltiox, maltiox, maltiox, and 4 times maltiox, for the life of Carlos Barrios!

    Cathie Stivers

  • Luz Marina Delgado

    Querida Lina, te abrazo y recuerdo con admiración a tu hermano Carlos, con esa su sonrisa tan abierta y cariñosa, que vaya con paz en este viaje hacia otras dimensiones.

    Te quiero,
    Luz Marina

  • vincent casano

    You’ve helped me beyond words. I’m so thankful Carlos. I’ll will never forget to honor you and your teachers. You teachings have provided me with great comfort.

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