By Phillip Hofstetter
"Before ever starting off on my adventures in Yucatán i didn't comprehend that i used to be getting ready to stroll a religious direction in that historical state. ahead of going there I had now not taken a lot account of my craving to find sacred areas. yet in Yucatán i found this eager for wandering one of the humans and landscapes of the peninsula. i ultimately understood that there has been an invisible spirit global of the Maya that lively their tales, their old ruins, and all their works from thousand years of civilization in that old land."--from Maya Yucatán
Phillip Hofstetter first visited Yucatán in 1987 and was once entranced, as a lot through the sheer actual fantastic thing about the area as by means of the long-lasting personality of the Maya humans nonetheless inhabiting the sector. For greater than two decades he has been documenting his travels in Yucatán and his specialist collaboration with archaeological excavation initiatives there. His reflections at the Maya tradition emphasize survival and version, whereas pictures of historical websites, the church buildings of the Franciscan venture interval, and the ruined haciendas of the henequen interval function actual reminders of the iconic ways that the Maya have formed the panorama of Yucatán over millennia.
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A truly sacred space, imbued as all sacred spaces are with the spiritual intention of many thousand people of the past four centuries. limestone walls, following the simplest, the most severe expression of baroque design. These were massive and minimalistic buildings, and the Maya recognized them immediately, for just as in ancient times, the Maya people were pressed into labor in order to tell a spiritual story. Maya hands and backs built these new sacred buildings. This time, however, they could proceed more efficiently with the use of metal tools, the wheel, and the extra strength of mules or oxen to transport the stone blocks.
By the 1880s, Yucatán was one of the richest areas in Mexico. A reflection of this boom time and the emergence of Mérida as an important commercial center can still be glimpsed in the ostentatious luxury of the bella época mansions on and around the city’s grand boulevard, the Paseo Montejo. Henequen production was the main economic activity of the northwest peninsula for almost a century. Output peaked during the First World War, and many of the derelict haciendas with their abandoned industrial plants date from that period.
And take part in the festivals. His name is Santos Viegas, and I think he’s in Valladolid now, though I haven’t seen him in years. After Padre Santos left a much older man came to Yaxcaba. I think due to age and ill health he lived in Mérida most of the time, and the Yaxcaba church was frequently locked. He held what seemed to me to be very short masses. Once on the day of San Francisco (the patron saint of Yaxcaba) the church was packed with celebrants, and he conducted the entire mass in less than 15-minutes, turned on his heels and walked out the back door, leaving all the community to parade the saint around the town without him.