I returned recently from el mundo maya, where I visited several sacred sites. As far as I am aware, no purification ritual was required after my visits.
The same is not true of President Bush, who is visiting the ancient site of Iximche near my old home town of Mixco. Following Bush’s visit, Maya priests will perform rites (involving chanting and burning incense, herbs, and candles) to eliminate “bad spirits.”
“That a person like him, with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan people and their culture,” said Juan Tiney, director of a Maya NGO.
Juan Tiney photo by Antonio JimÃ©nez, from Prensa Libre
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