Activities by Clemente Peneleu since returning home from the Congreso de Epigrafistas Mayas in Valladolid, Mexico. In his own words:
Workshop on Maya calendar from the codices, given to spiritual guides and other individuals who share the love of the culture of the ancestors. This workshop took place in the town of San Juan de La Laguna, department of Sololá, Guatemala. The activity was celebrated September 30, 2012. The participant were very appreciative and planned other workshops for later. It is with great pleasure we are working with our own people.
Conversations on the Maya calendar with spiritual guides, specifically the Cholq’iij (Tsolk’in), from one of the radio stations in the region of the basin of Lake Atitlán. These discussions are scheduled every two weeks on Mondays, and the listeners call about the use of the calendar and ask questions in regards to it. In this area, every day more people are reclaiming the use of our Cholq’iij calendar with more interest.
Stela erected on a three-stone hearth
Q’a tit: Our first mother, lives in the fours corners, the four houses, the four seasons, the four directions, the solstices and the equinoxes. She is Mother Nature.
The xojt is a flat, circular piece of clay that is placed over the fire to cook tortillas (comal). The xojt is used daily in the Maya homes where every day tortillas are eaten. For our past ancestors and grandparents of today, to eat is very sacred, therefore the xojt represents an altar of stone in the form of a circle that the ancestors used to perform sacred cereonies. For this reason it is a sacred instrument.
The ixk’uub are the three stones that are arranged below the xojt in the form of a triangle to hold it up. The xojt, the ixk’uub’ and the fire form the center of each Maya family house because there the family comes together around the sacred fire, and there the grandparents educate the childeren, nieces and nephews, and grandchildren by oral tradition.
The Nikté, the mih or zero at the base of the stela.
Represented by the four-petaled flower, it is the beginning and the end, and is from where our essence emerges.
This was the reason that the stela that was erected at San Pedro La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala, has as its base the xojt with the three stones that represents the identity of the Tz’utujil Maya people, and thus reinforces the value of the writing of the ancestors that is very sacred and which represents our own history over time.
In a future blog we will describe the writing and what the stela says.
These are the latest activities we have done, a ceremony to celebrate the day of the women with special missions: such as godmothers, healers, bone healers, spiritual advisers, healers of children, spiritual guides, and more. It is very important to honor the work of the woman in whatever aspect of society especially in this new cycle.