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Title: The Maya


1
The Maya
  • The Significance of Corn

2
Mayan Cosmology
  • Earth and Water important elements because they
    are the origins of life.
  • Tlaloc is the guardian god of rain who cares for
    the milpas (land dedicated to corn cultivation)
  • Offerings , praise and thanks are given

3
  • Human activity is dictated by nature
  • Harming nature is considered a sin

4
  • Mayan year divided in 260 days which represents
    the cycle of corn and the gestation cycle of a
    human in the womb.
  • Creation of man is said to have been possible
    from the dough of yellow corn.
  • Corn is present at all human activities food,
    decoration and as a religions symbol.

5
Popol Vuh
  • The sacred story of creation dictates rituals for
    the cultivation of corn asking for help and
    forgiveness

6
Mayan New Year
7
  • Illustrates the core religions value which is the
    human subordination to nature
  • All give thanks to the earth, wind, sky, fire and
    breath.

8
Wajxaqib' B'atz'
  • is celebrated as the "Mayan New Year" or the
    beginning of the Cholq'ij calendar by Native
    Mayan communities throughout Mesoamerica.
  • This event occurs every 260 days, or roughly nine
    months. It is a day when ceremonies are held and
    prayers are made for good things to happen over
    the course of the next 260 days.
  • Wajxaqib' is the number 8 in Kiche and is the
    force of spirituality.
  • B'atz' is the energy of a new cycle, the couple
    and also spirituality.

9
  • On this day, fires will be lit throughout the
    region with prayers and celebrations being made
    by the communities.
  • There is actually a period of some days prior to
    this of spiritual preparation made by the
    peoples in all areas of the community.

10
  • The Mayan lived by and for corn
  • It was so highly esteemed that jade, the most
    sacred of stones, was used to symbolize it (its
    green color reminiscent of tender green corn)
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