Saturday, December 30, 2006

new year petition

new year petition
Originally uploaded by suttonhoo.
I sat under this pine today and listened to a Mayan shaman petition Don Juan, the Earth Lord, for renewal. He built a roaring fire at mid-day and cast great big handfuls of corn and salt and multi-colored candles into the flames.

He spoke in Qui'che so I don't know what he said, but it was with such strength and confidence -- so clearly outlining the terms of their agreement from way back -- "look Don, I'm doing the thing with the candles and the beer like we agreed -- now it's your turn to make the world new again" -- that I sat there for over an hour, watching him circle the flame like he was winding a watch, hoping for the first time in a long time that maybe such a thing really could be possible.

Posting by cameraphone from Chichicastenango.


anniemcq said...

what an excellent post. and an perfect hope for the New Year.

Lolabola said...

Yes, excellent post!

Anali said...

That sounds amazing!

Lasse said...

I am SO right there in Guatemala with you - I miss that place! It is so great to follow your site, makes me want to go back NOW!

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