Sacred Mayan Journey
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Messengers of the Moon
The wait is over, more than 300 Messengers have been training hard during the past months to embark on a journey from Xcaret to Cozumel.
Along with their daily life, the now known as Messengers of the Moon, have a demanding canoe voyage to listen to the designs of Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of fertility.
On their journey, they will carry offerings for the deity, filled with joy to start an internal transformation, testing their inner force, character, and teamwork skills. Join them on this relevant and emotive event in Playa del Carmen.
The Sacred Mayan Journey pays tribute to the ancient ritual that took place every year, where an offering was placed at the sanctuary of one of the Mayan goddess of love, Ixchel.
A journey back in time
About a thousand years ago, once a year took place a Maya ritual that started in the market which was called Kii’wik. In here, many goods were traded, and some of them were part of the offering to the Mayan goddess Ixchel.
Market days marked the moment where the oarsmen were ready to embark on the journey across the sea to the island of Cozumel and visit the oracle of the fertility goddess.
The goddess Ixchel
Ixchel is a Mayan goddess also known as Ixchebelyax, Ix Hunic, and Ix Huinieta. This deity is related to fertility, health, vegetation, and water. She is represented in different ways, evoking the moon phases. Like a full moon, it is described as a young woman, while displayed as an old lady matches to a moon at last quarter phase; the deity portrayed dead or with an eye shut, is related to the new moon.
The religious importance of the Caribbean Sea in the Sacred Mayan Journey
The Caribbean Sea had a special meaning among the ancient Mayans. It was a food source, transportation, and points the entrance to the underworld or Xibalbá (just as the cenotes). The Sacred Mayan Journey was a transition to the beyond, featuring two places as departure and arrival points: Polé (nowadays Xcaret) and the island of Cozumel.
Among the ancient Mayans, Xcaret was known as Polé. Its name comes from the Yucatecan Maya word Polé, as a derivation of p’ol, that implies “merchandise” and “treat between merchants”.
Polé is described in the Chilam Balam of Chumayel as a departure point for the Itzaes. This ethnic group features great priests and merchants that used the ocean as a commercial route. The famous archaeologist and ethnohistorian, Eric Thompson, named them “the Phoenicians of the New World” due to the intensive trade along the Mayan commercial routes.
Polé was also a port of shelter, as well a boarding point for the pilgrimage of the Messengers of the Moon to attend the ceremony to the Ixchel goddess oracle at Cozumel.
For more information, visit the oficial website of the Sacred Mayan Journey.