The Maya Cosmovision: an Introduction with Jazmin Caraveo Tunon
Join an archaeologist to understand more about the Maya Cosmovision and the fascinating culture behind ancient cities and sites.
Cosmovision refers to a particular way of viewing the world or understanding the universe. This conversation will discuss the relationship between Meso-American people, more often known as the Mayans, and cosmology. The Mayans were one of the first human groups that developed complex cultural elements such as a long count calendar and a writing glyphic system. They’ve captivated the world with their ancient art, cities, and traditions and their legacy still lives on today (for example Riviera Maya being a hot destination for travelers).
In order to truly understand all the wonders of the Mayans, one needs to look at their relationship with their cosmovision. How did it reflect in their everyday life? What was its importance for the Mayan civilization? We will talk about the origins of the Mayans groups, the way they understood and apprehended the universe, and how it was reflected in the material world. With the purpose of exemplifying this, we will concentrate on the use of the architecture, the urban planning of their ancient cities, and the true meaning of the pyramidal base temples. We’ll look beyond the ruins and carved stones to find a deeper meaning. We’ll spend time exploring the cities of Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and Ek Balam with new eyes and a fresh perspective on how the Mayans viewed the world and interacted with their surroundings.
Led by an expert on archaeology, Jazmín Caraveo Tuñón, this interactive seminar will introduce you to the Maya Cosmovision. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the Mayan worldview that will allow a deeper understanding of this fascinating culture.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Jazmín’s interest and passion for pre-Colonial art and worldview of ancient Mexican cultures led her to pursue a degree in archaeology (ENAH) and a Master’s degree of Mesoamerican studies (UNAM). Her fascination for the Mayan culture and her love for Mexico led her to become an adventurous tour guide with the purpose of sharing the historic, cultural, and natural heritage of this beautiful country.