JANET'S BIG ADVENTURE
- Janet Jergins
- “It's good to be just plain happy, it's a little better to know that you're happy; but to understand that you're happy and to know why and how and still be happy, be happy in the being and the knowing, well that is beyond happiness, that is bliss.” Henry Miller
Monday, March 29, 2010
Phillip and I visited the Tulum Mayan Ruins when we stopped in Cozumel. The first thing we found out was that the Mayans still exist and many still live a primitive life-style in the Yucatan peninsula. Our tour guide was of Mayan descent and was very informative and passionate about the history of his people.
Tulum stands on a bluff facing the rising sun looking out on views of the Caribbean that are beautiful.
In Maya, Tulum means "Wall", and the city was christened thus because it is a walled city; one of the very few the ancients ever built. We entered the site, in fact, through a gate in the ancient wall.
The buildings once featured colorful paintings. The Mayan artists utilized natural pigments with brilliant colors, and a few remnants of the color are still intact.
This sculpture is supposed to be of a woman giving birth. I really can't see that in the design, but it fits in with the Mayan worship of their numerous gods and goddesses.