The Izamal Convent and
Mayan Site of Kabah
The Yucatan, Mexico
The Izamal Convent was built on the site of an active
Mayan temple, which the Spanish destroyed in the 16th
century. Converting the Maya and other conquered people
to Christianity was always a major Spanish objective.
The convent's church was filled with Mayan worshipers
for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Portions of
this service are in my video.
Right next to the convent was one of the most outrageously
excessive Coca-Cola displays I have ever seen. Coke also
provided a tent and tables which were pure advertising within
the convent. There was little separation of Church and Coke.
In Mexico it seems Coke is Catholic and Pepsi Protestant.
The last Mayan site on this trip was Kabbah and its Palace of
Masks. There are hundreds of masks representing the Maya
god Chac. Some of these masks appeared to have trunks, as
above. Why trunks? Yet another Mayan mystery.
The Palace of Masks also included this splendid carving of a
Mayan King in all his glory. But it was time to move on.
The video includes a section on the Yucatan Capital of
Merida, a splendid city which puts on public entertainment,
including a Marima band and great choral group.
We leave the Maya for Chiapas, then Mexico City, the Virgin
of Guadalupe, and the pre-Aztec pyramids of Teotihuacan.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip to Central
America and Mexico by clicking on: Mayavision