Paul’s Postcards: Chichen Itza, Mexico

Photography by Paul Lomax (@PaulLomaxPhoto)

Today we explored the ancient city Mayan of Chichen Itza!

The Maya name “Chich’en Itza” translates to “At the mouth of the well of the Itza.” This derives from chi’, meaning “mouth” or “edge”, and ch’en orch’e’en, meaning “well.” Itzá was the name of the ethnic political group which dominated all aspects of life over the northern peninsula of Mexico.

The iconic "El Castillo," pyramid at Chichen Itza.

A fertility ceremony taking place at the "El Mercado," in Chichen Itza.

In modern times many spiritual sects travel from all over the world to visit Chichen Itza, believing that the ancient site possess’s healing powers and an energy field that helps connect them to a higher level of awareness and consciousness.

This photograph shows a fertility ceremony taking place at “El Mercado,” which archaeologists believe was named after the shelf of stone which surrounds a large gallery and patio area where the Mayans gathered to take part in ancient ceremonial rituals.

The "El Castillo," pyramid dedicated to the ancient god "Kukulcan."

“El Castillo,” the centerpiece of Chichen Itza is more commonly known as the Temple of Kukulcan (the Maya name for the Mesoamerican serpent deity Quetzalcoatl), the ‘step pyramid’ is 29 meters high with a temple at the top and each side has 91 steps adding up to 365 days in the year.

To visit this ancient city and to marvel in its mathematical and astronomical precision was nothing short of magical. You can sense something very old still stirring in the air, an energy so tangible that one begins to think that perhaps the Mayan knowledge from thousands of years ago could still offer something special to modern man and our world.

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