Sacred Mayan Journey Cozumel

Sacred Mayan Journey Cozumel

Sacred Mayan Journey:  May 26th & 27th

11th Year of this Interesting Reenactment …

Photo Courtesy of Joe Alfaro from Joe’s Tours

Although the Sacred Mayan Crossing isn’t until May 26 and 27, canoeists from Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum have been vigorously training and preparing for  the 31 KM journey round trip from Xcaret Park on the mainland to Chankanaab Park in Cozumel.

Next week marks their last week of training here on the island for the Cozumel participants, including, which for many have been both morning and afternoon training sessions.

This year, which is the 11th  year of the event,  over 400 rowers are expected to  recreate the theorized way in which the ancient Mayans  paid tribute to the goddess IXchel, deity of the moon and fertility. Prior to the crossing, the rowers will undergo various purification ceremonies

The event is scheduled to begin on Friday, May 26th at Xcaret where there will be a ritual farewell dance ceremony starting pre-dawn.  The canoes, weather permitting are expected to reach Cozumel approximately 1 PM.  That evening, in Cozumel, a private meditation ceremony is scheduled

On Saturday, May 27 the  canoes will set off, once again, from Chankanaab Park en route to Xcaret, where the closing dance ceremonies will take place.

As of last year, a  total of 2,230 canoes with rowers from 22 countries have participated.  For more information, check out the event’s webpage

Travesía sagrada maya: Mayo 26 y 27

Este es el 11er. año de esta interesante representación. . .

Cuatrocientas personas, 214 hombres y 186 mujeres, de diversos países se han inscrito para representar la forma

Photo Courtesy of Joe Alfaro from Joe’s Tours

como los mayas honraban a la diosa Ix Chel, diosa de la luna y de la fertilidad. Antes de que se realice el cruce, habrá una ceremonia de purificación para los canoeros.

El inicio del evento está programado el viernes 26 de mayo en Xcaret donde se llevará a cabo una ceremonia de despedida antes del amanecer. Si el clima lo permite, se espera que las canoas lleguen a Cozumel alrededor de la 1 pm. Esa noche, en Cozumel, se planea la realización de una meditación privada.

El sábado 27 de mayo nuevamente partirán las canoas desde el parque Chankanaab con destino a Xcaret donde se realizarán las danzas ceremoniales para cerrar el evento.

El año pasado se contó con la participación de 2,230 canoas con canoeros procedentes de 22 países. Para mayor información, echen un vistazo a la página web de eventos.

 

 

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Laura Wilkinson

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Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.
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