Last May, I got to take an incredible journey. It is not one that most of us in United States have ever heard of and know anything about which is why I knew I had to write about it and tell you all that you have to head to Mexico and watch the Sacred Mayan Journey at least once in your lifetime. Just watching, you will find yourself full of so many emotions. I also turn every vacation we have into a learning experience (last year we took the kids to Tulum, swimming with whale sharks, and swimming with Sea Turtles) of some sort. I want them to walk away with the understanding that the world is so much bigger than our little Chicago suburb. I also want them to learn about other cultures and how others live. The Sacred Mayan journey does all of these things.
Let me first give you a little background, since, I’m sure, you probably never heard of this before today. Thousands of years ago, the Mayans would cross the Caribbean Sea to Cozumel. They went to worship their goddess Ixchel. Ixchel is the goddess of fertility, health, water and vegetation – basically, the essentials to have a good life. Villagers became oarsmen, and they crossed over to gain favor from the goddess.
Today’s version allows you to watch what it was like for these villagers. This ritual begins in the marketplace where you trade for different objects to be offered to the goddess. You then work your way down to the sand where you get to watch the show that is put on for us to show us what it was like thousands of years ago. I have so many pictures I have to show you so I’ve included some of the highlights of what we saw: