For five years now, the heavenly Playa del Carmen will host an event whose purpose is to relive a pre-Hispanic tradition: The pilgrimage of the ancient Mayans that took place for centuries, from Playa del Carmen’s coast, known as Xaman Há back then, to the mythical Cozumel island.
At Cozumel, Mayans would arrive at a sanctuary where they would worship Ixchel, the love, fertility and moon goddess. Furthermore, the maritime pilgrimage meant a journey to the beyond or a renovation of the soul.
The Spanish conquest and the eventual evangelization of the Mayan Indians marked the fall of this worshipping ceremony. However, written narrations were saved by historians, which allowed the survival of this tradition.
The tradition still lives
The 5th edition of the Sacred Mayan Crossing recreates this ritual by the ancient seafarers. Today, more than 300 canoeists venture on the pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the goddess Ixchel, in the island of Cozumel, where they are welcomed by local women with dances and chants.
In addition to witnessing this interesting journey, those attending the festivity will be able to participate in many other activities that represent a true journey to the past: the recreation of a Mayan market (Kíi’wik), an experience that takes people back to the flavors, aromas and colors of ancient Mexico; offerings for the different gods, purification rituals, pre-Hispanic dances and lots of joy.
You are invited to be part of this unique experience; we guarantee it will be a memorable one!