Topic: Mayan Temple
I feel I have a duty to post the following article even though it doesn’t pertain to food. It does however say something about the mentality of those people who have no reverence for the past and are just as likely to trash an ancient temple as their living room. Stay home I say,if you cannot respect the temple, the workmanship and the antiquity of the past. The supposed end of the world ( i.e.the end of the Mayan calendar ), is not an excuse to destroy the Mayan heritage any more than it is to damage any monument, no matter the culture or religion of its people.
Reported in the Fiji Times
Dec 25, 2012
GUATEMALA CITY – Tourists flocking to Guatemala for “end of the world” parties have damaged an ancient stone temple at Tikal, the largest archaeological site and urban centre of the Mayan civilisation.
“Sadly, many tourists climbed Temple II and caused damage,” said Osvaldo Gomez, a technical adviser at the site, which is located some 550 kilometres north of Guatemala City.
“We are fine with the celebration, but (the tourists) should be more aware because this is a (UNESCO) World Heritage Site,” he told local media. Gomez did not specify what was done, although he did say it was forbidden to climb the stairs at the site and indicated that the damage was irreparable.
Temple II, which is about 38 metres high and faces the central Tikal plaza, is one of the site’s best known structures.
Friday marked the end of an era that lasted 5200 years, according to the Mayan “Long Count” calendar. Some believed the date also marked the end of the world as foretold by Mayan hieroglyphs.
More than 7000 people visited Tikal on Friday to see native Mayan priests hold a colourful ceremony and light fires as the sun emerged to mark the new era UNESCO declared Tikal a World Heritage Site in 1979.