As most people know Cozumel is in Mexico but it is also directly in the heart of not just Mexican culture but also Mayan Culture. The island of Cozumel was a very important place in ancient Mayan culture. This is just one of many other great reasons that planning a vacation to Cozumel means that you will be having a very diverse experience during your Cozumel Vacation. Now we are going to touch a little bit more on the Mayan culture in Cozumel and in particular about one of the coolest events in Cozumel that takes place annually. The Sacred Mayan Journey or Traviesa Maya just went down!
Cozumel – Ancient Sacred Mayan Journey??
As Cozumel is rich with Mayan culture catching a traditional Mayan event while you are here in Cozumel is just a great plus during your Cozumel Vacation. The Sacred Mayan Journey is an annual event here in Cozumel and the Riviera Maya. This event follows the traditional Mayan sea route that the Mayans would use in their journey from Pole (Xcaret) to Cuzamil (Cozumel). Mayans crossed the caribbean channel from Pole to Cuzamil in large canoes. The reason for their journey was to honor the Goddess Ixchel who was the Mayan Goddess of fertility. Cozumel was dedicated to the Goddess Ixchel. This Traviesa Maya is a tradition that dates from 1250 -1519 AD. In this tradition the Mayans would make their pilgrimage to the island of Cozumel where they would make offerings to Ixchel and also to receive divine messages for their communities.
Sacred Mayan Journey in the present
The Sacred Mayan journey as I had mentioned earlier lasted from 1250-1519 AD so it did stop for half a century. Nine years ago a cultural group Experiences Xcaret brought back this sacred Mayan Tradition as a way to strengthen locals cultural identity as well as allowing tourists and non Mayans learn more about the wonderful heritage of the Mayans. This ritual accurately follows the traditional dances, rituales and even the types of canoes used.
Participants in the Sacred Mayan Journey begin to train for the Cozumel Event up to 6 months in advance. This is a very hard crossing and I know oarsemen that train for this until 3am when they are preparing for this very unique event. Once this Cozumel event begins over in Xcaret guests participate in rituals and dances that last the entire night. At first light the participants then take the canoes and row across the ocean to Cozumel where offerings are made to the Goddess Ixchel who then sends messages back to the mainland. The participants then return to the mainland in Playa del Carmen with tokens from the Mayan Goddess. The tokens are omens of good fortune.
This is a very unique Cozumel Cultural event and it very important to the local Mayans. So if you are looking for a unique Cozumel Cultural Event don’t miss out on the Sacred Mayan Journey. Contact us at Discover Mexico Cozumel for more great things to do in Cozumel.