Spiegel Online Covers Lower Dover (in German)

For the fall equinox at Caracol in Belize, we had a German filmmaker stop by Lower Dover’s Maya site and talk with the family about life, December 2012, Belize, and the future…

Hope to write a blog about whats been going on lately. I promise I will post some pics of anything crazy if it happens. Good luck and be safe.

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Airfare Sale! Spend 12/12/12 and December 21, 2012 with the Maya in Mexico, Belize, or Guatemala

Spirit Airlines is offering what seems to be the best airfare to celebrate Baktun 14 with the Maya themselves. Witness and learn about the famous calendar from the people as a new beginning awaits in the foretold golden age of humanity!

These quotes are leaving on December 11 and returning December 24 for Christmas. Rates are round-trip to Cancun and include tax. Bag fees are excessive for Spirit as a means to keep fares low. Make sure to pre-book your bag when buying your ticket online ($20US online vs $45USD at the gate!) And the bag weights are to 40 lbs not the standard 50 with a harsh $25-50 USD fee for overweight items.

Maya vs. Mayan sign at Best Western Palenque Hotel

It is possible to take direct, over-night bus service via ADO from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum to Belize City as we wrote about here. (Roughly $40USD each way)

Cancun Bus Terminal

ADO Bus from Cancun Terminal direct to Belize City

From Belize City it is an easy bus ride to Unitedville ($3 US) in order to reach the Maya site of Lower Dover.

Bus in Belize.

Entering Plaza A at the Lower Dover Maya Ceremonial Center

Back of the Acropolis at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in Belize

Lower Dover is Located only 1/2 Mile from Mile 59 on the Western Highway

Fare Rates to CANCUN R/T WITH TAXES!

$186: Atlanta

$197: Dallas

$205: Baltimore

$212: SF/Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, Minneapolis

$242: New York (LGA)

$252: Boston, Detroit

Book here… www.spirit.com

Maya Full Moon Ceremony at Lower Dover Belize Jungle Lodge

On June 6, 2012 the transit of Venus was celebrated at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in Belize, with the aid of Maya spiritual guide Don Beto Cocum. The transit is when the planet Venus appeared as a small, dark disk moving across the face of the Sun.  Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable celestial phenomena and occur in pairs, eight years apart, which are themselves separated by more than a century: The previous transit of Venus took place on 8 June 2004 (preceded by a pair of appearances December 9, 1874 and December 6, 1882), and the next transit will occur December 10/11, 2117. So if you missed it this year you have to wait another 105 years! 

It was a special moment for a number of reasons. First, the actual ceremony preformed by local Maya Yucatec decedent and spiritual guide, Don Beto Cocum, was also celebrating the full moon which took place immediately before the transit. Because the two dates coincided, we decided to go forth and celebrate both.

Also this was the first time Lower Dover formally asked permission, in the spiritual realm from the Maya gods, to disturb the ancient Maya’s rest. Since archaeology is dealing with the deceased, Lower Dover requested for the God’s favor in the excavations that were on going from the start of 2010. Perhaps this lack of acknowledgement was why so little progress had been made during the first two years.  I believe the Maya spirits gave us a sign at the end of the dig season…more soon!!!

Don Beto Cocum, a Maya spiritualist second, and a true bush healer first, was very encouraged by the positive energy he felt at Lower Dover. Good news in a world void of much these days. He assured us the Maya spirits were in our favor and offered us no obstruction.

Unfortunately Mr. Don Beto passed away unexpectedly of natural causes, shortly after this event. Those in the Belize Maya community lost a very knowledgeable and well respected member. All of us at Lower Dover were definitely touched by his presence and grace in handling his craft and we will forever remember him for his kindness, patience, and for dedicating his life to keep the Maya culture alive today.

Fortunately we were able to get some of these photos for everyone to see how a Maya shaman sets up his full moon ceremony. Don Beto asked us not to film during his prayer session. At the closing of the ceremony he did individual blessings which we were able to capture. Rest in peace Mr. Don Beto Cocum and thanks for your help in Belize and at Lower Dover Jungle Lodge. 

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Newly Identified Maya Site in Belize – Lower Dover (Video)

We have been a little lazy on the blog lately. That’s about to change with the summer archaeology dig season at Lower Dover Field Station & Jungle Lodge starting at the end of this month. Expect full updates and lots of pictures. Maybe even a couple of Maya vids!

To get you primed, here is a video shot two years ago while walking in the jungle area of our property adjacent to the lodge. As you will also notice, the ruins extend throughout the property even to the lodge area where the library sits.

Maya or Mayan? An Explanation

After seeing a Maya hotel sign while visiting Palenque, and after hearing friends refer to their MAYA ancestors that we began to think…something does not sound right.

Maya vs. Mayan sign at Best Western Palenque Hotel

Was it a single versus plural thing?  One is Maya and 2+ are Mayans?  Or was the Creole dialect that chops off letters in words creeping into my speech patterns after living in Belize for several years?

As it turns out, Maya refers to everything Maya, except when referring to a Mayan language. For example, it’s Maya culture. Not Mayan culture.  It’s Maya archaeology, not Mayan archaeology.

Conversely, people speak Mayan, not Maya. So unless you are talking about a Mayan language, ALWAYS say Maya.


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/12/08/278950/-Maya-vs-Mayan