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Cultural Festival of Mayan Languages at San Carlos University (USAC)
Lovely time at the University. The only thing that saddens me is a number I hear while holding a casual conversation with one of the Mayan Languages teachers. It turns out that there are less than 200 people taking Mayan Languages classes at the University. Not big deal right? Well, This University holds more than 50% of the entire University Students in the country, and there are more than 150 thousand students here. Less than 0.2% of students find it rewarding learning Mayan languages or culture. Sad..
A short play of Dia de los Santos (Day of the dead?)
Signing of Mayan folk songs in Kaqchikel
El Pabank, grupo de proyeccion folklorica Soel Valdez, Son Ritual de Coban.
I really love this!
Mayan Play Ratz’um K’iche
Forgive me if I get this wrong, but the play’s dialog was narrated in Q’eqchi’. Let’s see if I got the plot right: Two warriors from different Mayan kingdoms get their kingdoms to fight for a young Mayan princess.
Guatemalan Society is very divided. This diverging can be witness everywhere; a birthday!
I’ve been to several birthday parties during my stay here in Guatemala. What I’ve seen is this: In every birthday party held by middle class Guatemalans, the birthday song is sang in English. I’ve been to a couple lower class birthday parties too; here they sing it in Spanish.
I might be naive, might give it much importance to something so insignificant; but what would you think if within you country (U.S.A.) some social classes sung celebratory songs in other language, French perhaps, or listening the birthday song sung in German?
Today I spent the day in Guatemala City, Zone 1 to be more precise.
There was so much to see. I’ll have to break it up into three different publications. Today I’ll show you the Palacio Nacional or National Palace and a beautiful shot of the Catedral Primada Metropolitana de Santiago, Guatemala’s City main Cathedral.
The things that most caught my attention today were: The Clash, a mural depicting a battle of the Kaqchikel people against the Conquistadors. And there was a Russian Photo Exhibit and they had photographs of Yuri Knorozov. He is one of the most important people in the quest of deciphering Mayan Hieroglyphic Writing. PBS has a great documentary featuring Yuri Knorozov.
There is a story that encompasses a lot of what Guatemalan Society is: There is a monument called: Flama de la Paz -Flame of Peace-. It symbolizes the peace, achieved with the signing of the Peace Accords in 1996. The Flame was to remain burning indefinitely. In 2004 the gas tank was stolen and since; no one has thought of connecting a new one and turning the flame on. Brilliant!
Tomorrow: Guatemala City: Walking the Streets.
I know, it is an image most sites would not like to show you. But it is a daily reality here in Guatemala. We inherited a society with many deep issues and thus far we have failed to correct them. I’ve reflected on this scenery multiple times. I have to commute to Guatemala City several times per week and when possible I do provide help. Some times I realize my help is obsolete and never will be enough; I can empty my entire bank account on them and nothing will change.
We as a society have failed to provide an answer to this (among many other) issue, or at least to recognize that not addressing it makes us less civilized, less humane, less human.
San Juan Comalapa is a small town in the province of Chimaltenango, not more than hour and a half drive from Guatemala City. This town was hard-hit by the civil war that engulfed the country for 36 years. The military outpost on the outskirts of the town was responsible for hundreds or even thousands of crimes committed against the local indigenous people. The people endured this hardship and they express their memories and suffering on a series of murals on the access road to the town.
The USAC -only public university in Guatemala- has a long history of supporting the commoners causes and was the only institution that openly dared opposed government repression and state sponsored crimes. And due to that, it was a victim of state atrocities against its students and teaching staff. We see that spirit in its Graffiti.
This is how we have fun. Outside the caves there is this zipline and a group of Guatemalans from the City were enjoy it.
If you like ziplining: If you have been to Peten, you know that a ziplingin trip costs you $100 to $200 U.S. Dollars. At this location was much cheaper; Q30 for two trips (less than $6.00). But! But! Lets keep this between us: I have a membership to a place in Escuintla, a short 50 minutes drive from Guatemala City and with my membership the Entrance cost is only Q30 for me and 6 more guest and they have a 9 point zipline. You can do it as many times as you like with no extra charge, so if you are up for it, let me know and we can schedule a trip there.