Some call Edzna “A House of Echo”. Indeed, this phenomenon can be observed (or rather heard) while standing in between some of the buildings of the old Maya city. Personally, I do believe that this name has another, much deeper meaning. Here, like nowhere else, echoes of the past civilization can be heard. One that fascinates millions of people to this day and one that left … Continue reading Edzna. House of Wise Men of Water / Dom wodnych mędrców
A long time ago Uxmal was ruled by a mighty king. His power was absolute and the city was so great, no one and nothing dared to threaten it. There was however a legend which stated that once the city gong is heard, the city will fall from the hand of a boy, one who wasn’t born by a woman. At the same time, there … Continue reading Uxmal. At The Beginning There Was An Egg / Na początku było jajko
Pedro is a student of Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in the faculty of humanities. He came to Merida from the south drawn here by city’s international nature. He is especially fascinated by history of Mexico with special focus on Maya culture. He slowly builds our interest passionately explaining the facts behind the famous landmarks around red hot square of Plaza Grande. Using proficient English he … Continue reading Merida. El Mundo Maya
A sea, waving in silence under a night sky existed from the world’s beginning. This world however was dark and empty. It was not to the gods liking, while they wished for their names to be forever remembered. This is why they created the earth, followed by mountain ranges and riverbeds. When the creation was ready, they brought over animals. Birds appeared on the skies, … Continue reading Merida. Man of Corn / Człowiek z kukurydzy
Would you be brave enough like Aga, to descent deep below the earth through a hole almost of the size of yourself? All this while knowing each step down the ladder brings you closer to hell? Its Mexican name Xibalba gets often translated as “a place of fear”. The roads towards it leads through cenotes, underground lakes which are a natural frontier between the world … Continue reading Cuzama. Underground Court of Xibalba / Podziemny dwór Xibabla
Being way too brutal in his doings, he turns the Indians away from God, instead of bringing them closer to him”. Such is the way a Franciscan missionary Francisco de Toral wrote about Diego de Landa in his letters to Spanish king in the XVIth century. De Landa’s task, as a friar was propagation of the Catholic faith on recently discovered territories of Yucatan peninsula. … Continue reading Izamal. In the Image of Sun God / Na podobieństwo boga słońca.
Though main gate is still closed, there are queues gathering already on a small square in front of the entrance to an ancient Mayan city. First bus will come within minutes, then another, until the population of Chichén Itzá reaches the one from before over a thousand years.We rush to be one of the first ones to enter and have if only a short moment … Continue reading Chichén Itzá. In a Shadow of Feathered Serpent / W cieniu pierzastego węża.
From the top of the ancient pyramid in Cobá the jungle reminds me of a gigantic green carpet. The trees sway in the wind as if their branches were meant to protect the Mayan city from hungry eyes of travellers. They are doing a good job so far. Although it is hard to believe, in the city sprawling on the huge area of 80km2 men … Continue reading Coba. Raiders of the Lost Civilization / Poszukiwacze zaginionej cywilizacji.