Maya Spiritual Rebirth: Towards Self-Determination of Sacred Sites and Cultural Heritage

  • Avexnim Cojti Ren, President, Association of Maya Spirituality for Development
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Wednesday, October 4, 5-6:30 pm
    in the series
    Living with the Dead: Cultural Heritage, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Communities
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  • Maya People and other Indigenous nations have lived for thousands of years in Mesoamerica with their own systems of government, justice, health, education and spirituality. Invasion from the Spanish colony not only meant, for our peoples, a forced subjugation to a foreign system, but it also meant a shift in our spiritual practices. There is evidence of this in that 92% of Guatemala’s population is Christian and only 4% is Maya, when there is a population of 60% Maya. Fortunately, this 4% have not forgotten a long practiced spirituality based on our connection to earth, everything that lives in it, and the spirit world based on the daily use of the Cholq’ij Calendar. In recent decades, Maya ancestral spiritual leaders and practitioners have organized to have more access to Maya spiritual sites in former Maya cities (also known as archaeological sites) to continue their tradition and healing practices. Part of the struggle has also meant fighting congress to pass a bill regarding access to sacred Maya sites nationally. This presentation will focus on the present connection between the contemporary Maya to their sacred temples through spiritual ceremony. I will also speak on the ways that Maya peoples are struggling to have Guatemalan State recognition of their cultural rights and spiritual practices as distinct nations.
     
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October 4th, 2017 5:00 PM   through   6:30 PM
6201 Cecil Green Park Road
Coach House
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada
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