Ancient Mesoamerican Culture and Mythology
Mexico is mysteriously not considered either North American nor Central American but quite honestly both because of its controversial history that predates the arrival of the Spanish and Christopher Columbus including the later American Spanish Wars and many other caste wars which both annihilated and erased the African face out of Paleo-Indian conversation I believe this territorial confusion to remain a hot debate. However, refutable evidence prove that the African Nubian presence in the Americas included the Mayan, Aztec, Inca (Ynca) and other merchant kingdoms of Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua as tribal royal and merchant territories of the Ancient Mayan Americas which expanded into North America, California, Arizona, Colorado, and Canada.
My first travels to Mexico was on 27-September 2018 and included a very short tour through the temples of the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Mexico (Coordinates:20°29′41″N 87°44′10″W) of the ancient Mayan temples of Kukulcan in Tulum, the tallest pyramid temple in Coba (Nohoch Mul, is the ancient name of this group of tallest pyramids; Ixmoja (also known as Nohoch Mul and the Spanish word variant Coba) and Calakmul or Kalakmul “the Snake Kingdom” (k’uhul kaanal ajaw, Divine Lords of the Snake) located in Campeche, Mexico), Ceynote or Cenote (Multum Ha one of three) and Playa Del Carmen.
*note: searching for meaning of Ixmoja which sounds very much like Yemoja (“Our Lady of Navigator”)! Also searching for Nohoch Mul true Mayan meaning.
Lizards everywhere on the temples and temple grounds!
Ixmoja (Ximoja or Xaimoja) was an intense climb for a person like me afraid of heights! At an impressive 138 feet tall, and 120 ascending and descending steps, this pyramid is taller than the famous, Temple of the Sun, Chichen Itza. Of course, I forgot to wear the correct shoes and had on swimming footwear but my adrenaline was on overdrive and with the rest of the tour group I couldn’t back down. Even half way up the pyramid I got cold feet, paralyzed for about 4 minutes to catch my breath, but I was cheered on and couldn’t turn back so I kept going!
By the time i got to the top I was huffing and puffing and dripping in sweat, mostly out of managed fear and disbelief! My virgo moon about to spin out of control questioning how I’d get back down without falling to my death, but to manage the fear of overlooking the tallest tree, I didn’t take a picture or think more than 15 seconds, I just started to descend slowly with a 10 to 15 lb backpack keeping me as steady as I could plant my footing.
Top of Ixmoja (Ximoja/ Xaimoja or Coba Pyramid) — Over Coming My Fears 1 Adventure at a Time
Riding through the Mayan Jungle
Such an amazing adrenaline rush produced such a harmonious healing experience for me coming from the states from so much racial turmoil into re-centering of my mind, body and spirit!
Cenote Multum – Ha is an underground sinkhole located in the Xian Ka’an (Sian Ka’an) Mayan for “Origin of the Sky”region of Tulum. This is under the ground descending some 84 winding stairs to the cave made of dolomite and limestone as well as other cave rock. Such organic materials increase pH levels and add calcium and magnesium to purify the water. I can admit I have NEVER felt water like this. It is soft and strong (potent) and completely alive, so clear you can see the 130 foot bottom of this basin. I am not the best swimmer but again I didn’t let this stop me from experiencing the magnificence and majestic beauty. I rented a tiny life jacket and threw it over my Speedo and waistbeads and swam out to grab the rock with my tiny fingers. Backstroked, floated and butterfly swam back and forth kept a smile on my face! Yet another fear I over came this day! Victory!
Many years ago, I had dreamed of what I learned were called ‘Cenotes’ or Sinkholes. In my dream the lakes would come alive in the night appearing to glitter under the moon. In one dream there was a home in a cave, that lead to a door where one could swim from one side to the larger lake it was healing medicine for the people of the community and had many powers. I didn’t realize until I arrived to Mexico that these cenotes were in my dreams! There are many cenotes in Mexico
Playa Del Carmen
Hip Hop is Universal! Mexican Bboys in Playa del Carmen
Back in Cancun (KanKun) Land of the Snakes
Travel – My Fears and Dreams
My Fears overcome and my Dreams realized…
A few notes on my mini vaca to Mexico…