In San Gervasio Mayan Ruins
Over the several weeks, “Sunday Trees” series featured some of my favorite captures taken during my late March journey to the Western Caribbean (via cruise). The San Gervasio Mayan Ruins, in the middle of island, was our stop-over trip while on the island of Cozumel, Mexico. I thought it might be interesting to show the ruins. You might recognize some of the previously featured trees; this will show them in the order in which I viewed them during the tour.
About the ruins:
The island of Cozumel is known as the “Island of women”. In terms of importance in the Mayan culture, Cozumel’s San Gervasio Ruins are considered more significant site than the ruins of Tulum. Tulum was favored a coastal “watch-post”; San Gervasio contains the temple built to honor the godess Ixchel (pronounced “ee shell”). The mysteries of Mayan culture are found at the largest archeological site on the island. Thought as a strategic location from both the commercial and political points of view, San Gervasio was also a sacred place for the Maya women.
Ixchel is the Mayan goddess of fertility and rain. In ancient times, every Maya woman was expected, at least once in her lifetime. Mothers and daughters would make the journey to Cozumel from the mainland to make offerings to Ixchel for her family’s fertility and crop sustenance. Inhabited from 200 AD to the Spanish conquest, San Gervasio was the sanctuary of the Goddess Ixchel, as well as an important commercial, political and cultural center. Engravings at the site relate to events all over the Mayan world.
Although this concludes the trees of the Mayan Ruins, I have more from our island-hopping in upcoming Sundays. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed “spotting” them.
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