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  • Marilyn Monroe, Maimonides, Mayans in Library of Congress exhibit July 28-Aug. 16
    Marilyn Monroe, Maimonides, Mayans in Library of Congress exhibit July 28
    Marilyn Monroe's $90 check to acting teacher Lee Strasberg joins a 16th-century edition of "Mishneh Torah", the first systematic code of all Jewish law by renowned rabbi Moses Maimonides, and a collection of Mayan "poison flasks...
  • Ragnarok end of the world: Vikings dooms day was Feb. 22!
    Ragnarok end of the world: Vikings doomsday prediction has world ending Feb. 22
    The Ragnarok end of the world is upon us and if the world’s end doesn’t happen sometime today, this is yet another dooms day promise that has slipped by unfulfilled. The apocalypse should be going on all around you right about now, but...
  • A special day
    The Last Ceremony
    This was the final blessing day to celebrate the naming of Frank’s farm. There had been three previous Mayan ceremonies involving a chicken, tobacco and incense, to which I did not see. Mayan ceremonies are a sacred rite in Guatemala, with...
  • New Casa Ramon adds high-tech side side to Mexico's Hacienda Petac
    New Casa Ramon adds high-tech side to Mexico's Hacienda Petac
    A long time ago there was a little Mayan town named T'ho out in eastern Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Spanish invaders showed up 1542, ran the Mayans off, ripped the city down and built a new one for themselves on the spot. The bearded...
  • Bluebirds and the past
    Bluebirds, skulls and gold: Part Two
    The Aztecs, their hands full with Cortes, sent a note of warning to the Kaqkichel in Iximche about the Spanish. The messenger also brought smallpox. The four clan lords of Iximche ruled by fear, human sacrifice and ritual cannibalism, much like...
  • Iximche
    Bluebirds, skulls and gold
    Iximche, with an accent on the ‘che’ as in Che Guevara, is one of most accessible Mayan sites in Guatemala. It’s located some 40 kilometers as the crow might fly, if there were crows in Guatemala, northwest of Antigua and an easy...
  • KAPPA Pisco bottle
    Post doomsday, Pisco ascends as the holiday spirit of choice
    With the Apocalypse being postponed, imbibers can get back to the important issues in life: What on Earth should flow at their holiday feasts?? Tequila might get grandma run over by a reindeer, and wine isn’t enough to make jingle bells rock...
  • Lisa Kelly, the only female driver for A&E's 'Ice Road Truckers'
    Trucking industry ponders a Truckpocalypse
    While the imminent end of the world is dubious at best, one thing is certain: If the nation's three million trucks were to stop running, the world as we know it would grind to a halt.Randall-Reilly, a U.S. media and information company focused...
  • Chacchoben, Mexico
    The Mayan Apocalypse: Did they really predict the end of the world?
    Standing on the steps of a pyramid at the Mayan ruins of Chacchoben in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, gazing up at the top of the impressive ancient structure, a traveler can pause for a moment (perhaps to catch his breath) and imagine seeing...
  • Mayans celebrate coming of new era, while world worries about doomsday
    Mayans celebrate coming of new era, while world worries about doomsday
    While groups across the globe prepare for the destruction of the world that they believe will occur when the Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21, the Mayans are busy celebrating the coming of a new era, says a FOX News report dated Nov. 30.The Mayan...
  • Festival del Maiz
    The Corn Princess and the Conquistador
    She wore strands of corn kernels from her waist and a bright yellow feather in her headband. He wore a tricorn feathered hat, a suit of many colors and a wooden mask with the blond features of a Spanish conquistador. He was really a she and a...
  • Chi-Chi's Attractions
    Chichicastanengo!
    The chickens weren’t squawking but the three little pigs were squealing. When it’s a Sunday and Market Day in the ancient highland city of Chichicastenango in western Guatemala, the live produce brought in usually sense that it’s...
  • Guatemala Jones and the Lost Jade Mines
    Guatemala Jones and the Lost Jade Mines
    The secret of the jade mines in Guatemala was lost for over five hundred years. Where was the source of the most prized item in the Mayan world? Guatemala is famous for its coffee, chocolate, Maya ruins and jade. The coffee came later but...
  • The Mayan Oracle
    Review: The Mayan Oracle a galactic language of light
    The Mayan Oracle A Galactic Language of Light by Ariel Spilsbury and Michael Bryner is a wonderful tool to dance with the energies of Mayan consciousness. Also illustrated by artist Oceanna the card are most assuredly all very well done and...
  • Potanou mining gold
    Maya gold mines in Georgia? The Jacksonville Connection.
    When Europeans first stepped foot inFloridaandGeorgiathey all recordedeye-witness accounts of Native Americans in possession of gold. The Spanish expedition of Narvaez saw a Native American wearing gold trinkets in northwest Florida and inquired...