Flagler College students woke up this morning in the ancient city of Valladolid. After a strong cup of cafe, they began their studies. Take a look at their day!
Convento of San Bernardino of Sienna: We arrived at this simple Franciscan-style church just before their 9:00am Palm Sunday Service. A red procession led into the church signaling the beginning of Mass and the end of our tour. Though we were asked to leave the church, we were free to tour the monastery and enjoy the choir music from the upper floor of the building. We also had an opportunity to see our first cenote on the outside of the monastery.
Xkopek Honey Bee Farm: We were the first visitors to this sacred bee farm. These bees produced honey that was considered to be sacred and used for medicinal purposes. Even the man-made bees had crosses carved into the top to, “keep the bees safe.”
Lunch in Mayan Village: We had lunch planned with a native family. Upon our arrival we were brought to the place where our traditional Mayan lunch was being prepared. We watched as a indigenous man used a shovel to move aside the banana leaves and soil atop the metal pot of simmering chicken cooked underground. We were then invited into the family home to enjoy the tender chicken, beans, rice, and homemade tortillas.
Shaman Blessing: Next, we headed to some nearby Mayan ruins where a 5th generation Shaman/Witch Doctor, clad in white from head to toe, welcomed us to join him in an ancient Mayan blessing ceremony which fused the Mayan and Christian religions. He then proceeded to pray to the ancient Maya gods as well as the Holy Spirit before blessing us and using a twig to sprinkle us with “virgin water” and boiled corn; both considered to be sacred.
This entry was posted in 2016, Yucatan