The Riviera Maya and Its Mysticism

The Yucatan Peninsula has long been a land of mysticism, spiritualism, gods, science and mathematicas. The Mayan civilization which inhabited the peninsula from the Pre-Classic period (c. 2000 BC to AD 250) until the arrival of the Spanish armadas in the early 16th Century, had strong beliefs in the cyclical nature of time. All of the ceremonies and rituals were closely associated with celestial and terrestrial cycles of time and hence offering their beliefs to Gods that played into the Mayan´s everyday way of life. The Riviera Maya now sits on top of what was once a civilization of admirable astronomers, mathematicians and great warriors. Nowadays the Riviera Maya is Mexico´s leading tourist destinations and leading host in welcoming guests from all parts of the World.
The Maya worshipped a pantheon of nature gods, each of which had both a benevolent side and a malevolent side. Gods such as Itzamná ( the supreme god, the creator god), Ah Chuy Kak ( god of war), Itzamna (creator of the Mayan culture), Chac (god of rain and thunder) and one of the most important of the gods and who the Chichen-Itza pyramid was built for Kukulkan (feathered serpent god) played to be an important factor in everyday life to the Mayan´s. Rituals such as human sacrifice were common. In some Maya rituals people were killed by having their arms and legs held while a priest cut the person’s chest open and tore out his heart as an offering. The Mayan view of the afterlife consisted primarily of a dangerous voyage of the soulthrough the underworld, which was populated by sinister gods and represented by the jaguar, symbol of night.
To the Mayan´s science and religion were the same. The Maya developed an impressive system of mathematics and astronomy, which was intimately related to religious rituals. Their mathematical achievements included positional notation and the use of zero; in astronomy, they accurately calculated a solar year, compiled precise tables of positions for the Moon and Venus, and were able to predict solar eclipses.
Today people from all over the world come to the Riviera Maya to acknowledge and pay respect to what once was a great civilization and to honor the Mayan´s teachings. With archeological sites suchs as Coba, Tulum, and Chichen-Itza not far away from the Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa, you will be able to visit and enjoy a day with a mysticism that still remains.

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