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Tikal: el corazon del mundo perdido

A freshly pressed post about the 2012 Mayan calendar end-of-the-world controversy indicating they had it all wrong prompted me to share something even for a short period of immersion with the culture. Since Tikal was considered the center of the Mayan civilization dating back thousands of years BC, it was quite an experience visiting the ruins of the temples and the whole site which now is a rainforest. Mayans left the area and migrated to central Guatemala probably because of drought as economy has always been a major reason for migration. The place was abandoned for centuries and up until the second quarter of the 20th century excavation began to unearth the hidden treasures of this precious culture. Sources said that most of the literature was burned that’s why, experts had some difficulty interpreting symbolism. Anyway, they have my respect even if it’s a momentary encounter. The thing that amazed me the most is the way they take pride on their identity, wearing it on their sleeves. When you do, you can never go wrong. I don’t have a wealth of information but I have photos (speak a thousand words) showing the trip was enjoyable. Amen.

The Sacred Tree….the interface…connecting the heavens, the earth and the underground…
One of the smaller temples…
Walkway…
Rainforest…
I’m on…top of the world I’m posing and frowning…
Mira…see that block composed of 10 or more bricks…se representa una generacion which is probably 50 to honor the king…
Temple number…I forgot…
This was the main square before…The presider usually climbs to the top to offer sacrifice…
Nothing to say…
very famous sculpture with lots of symbolism…
Before the break of dawn…climbed to the top of the temple…meditated….listened to the howling of monkeys…chirping of birds…nature at its best…and waited for sunrise, only it didn’t show up…
Welcome to Tikal….blurry and foggy…
An incredible feeling…Haven’t seen anything like this…
don’t know any place in the world that’s best for meditation…
Because of fog, we missed the sunrise…
On the ground…
I don’t know what I’m doing…No se que estoy haciendo…
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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, currently assigned as Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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