April 26, 2020

Maya Creation Stories

The Maya have fascinating myths about creation; the creation of the universe, the mountain, maize and people made of maize. They at least go back 2000 years. Many Maya scholars – often working far from the Maya world – have uttered their doubts abo...

April 24, 2020

In 2019 we started our educational project together with the local NGO Loq’laj Ch’och’ or “Sacred Earth” in Q’eqchi’ Maya, funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung.

This two-year educational initiative strives to regain Maya identity and to strengthen community integration a...

November 25, 2018

Last week I taught a course in Cantel. In a school at the foot of the pre-Hispanic hill-site Kiaq.

Participants were teachers and members of the local Colegio Maya, and of Escuela Ki’kotemal from Quetzaltenango.

We have relatively ample information on the time when the K...

September 20, 2018

Les invito a tod@s participar en este curso. Exploraremos el texto completo del Popol Wuj.

Un análisis mítico-histórico de los ciclos del Popol Wuj. 
Impartido por: 
Dr. Ruud van Akkeren
Universidad de Leiden,  Holanda

1. Introducción en el Popol Wuj
2. Ciclo d...

August 14, 2018

Conferencia impartida en el marco de la celebración del día internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas

El lugar del inframundo maya en el Popol Wuj adquirió una mala fama. Por parte por el mito mismo, pero también por influencias posteriores en la colonia, donde Xibalba fue...

June 21, 2018

Last week (June 13-15, 2018) there was an international seminar in Guatemala titled De la oscuridad a la luz, to celebrate the inauguration of a new section in the museum MUNAE: vitrines with original fragments of the famous San Bartolo murals. A great accomplishment!...

May 23, 2018

Roll-out by Justin Kerr 

This is an image from a Chama-style piece of ceramics. It represents a gato de monte, some type of fox. There is a variety of fox-like creatures on Chama ceramics. It’s the Maya way of representing history: a ruling lineage called Fox. In the Cl...