Monday, January 31, 2011
Spring Equinox Begins
When we got to the top, an astounding sight greeted us. The Mayan had chosen this particular place because of its pre-Hispanic history, and to the left, on a higher peak, I observed a stella surrounded by some ruins. A few people were standing or perhaps meditating at its base. However, what I wasn't prepared for was the whiteness of it all. Almost everyone I saw was wearing white--white pants, white skirts, white tunics and huipiles. The Mayan, in the far distance, was dressed in modest white as well. I looked down at my green top and bluejeans, somewhat chagrined.
There were little stands selling pre-hispanic ceramic whistles and incense, as well as crystals and bottles of water. Most of the people were silently pacing a large labyrinth laid out on the flat ceremonial space, but there were a few centers within the labyrinth, also. One was a type of healing/purification center, where people were receiving treatments. I noticed one woman smoking a large cigar, and blowing smoke into people's faces as she randomly shouted. Another center consisted of a small group of people doing tai-chi and other movements. On one side of the circle there appeared to be people sitting in a meditation daze, and yet another group was making noises with whistles and drums and champaign glasses half-filled with water. After taking this all in, I decided to sit next to a woman who looked like a middle-aged, well, Joni Mitchell in fact, with thick blonde braids, remarkably blue eyes and a cigarette stuck between her fingers.