Mayan Traditions

Mayan PriestToday,  Tues. March 19, 2013, Guatemalan courts begin the first ever trial of a Latin American dictator in his own country.  Reuters  announced today that ” prosecutors allege Rios Montt turned a blind eye as soldiers used rape, torture and arson against leftist insurgents and targeted indigenous people during a ‘scorched earth’ military offensive that killed at least 1,771 members of the Ixil group.” This was just one offensive that murdered over 200,000 mostly Mayan men during the 1980s which was largely funded and backed by evangelical Christian churches in the U.S.,  one of which,  according to Ama coordinator Guadalupe Ramirez, was the infamous 700 club.

However,  Rutgers-Camden students, on a current health and healing trip to Guatemala, experienced the strength and power of a traditional Mayan “scorched earth” offensive of a completely different nature yesterday morning in a clearing in Xelajunoj, at the foot of the Santa Maria volcano, officiated by Mayan priest, healer and Guatemalan University professor, Audelina Sac Coyoy.

The traditional Mayan ceremony was both educational and powerful.  It was a beautiful introduction to non-traditional healing to those in the Rutgers group who are training to be nurses and nurse practitioners.  The healing power came through as Coyoy intuitively guided the group of more than 30 Rutgers students and professors through a ritual cleansing of all negative energies and blockages. This spiritual ceremony was a wonderful way to commence our healing adventure. Coyoy told me later that day that he sensed a great deal of stressful energy during the ritual and this was surely true! I know that he could tell from the tears in this students eyes at the end of the ceremony that his ritual was a success.

It was interesting to note that Coyoy began his ceremony with a prayer and and offering to all members of authority:  that they judge and be judged fairly.  To see this beautiful Mayan man throwing offerings of coco,  candles,  tobacco and alcohol into the ceremonial fire to give strength and wisdom to the Guatemalan authorities,  knowing the long history of oppression and persecution that his people have suffered at the hands of Guatemalan authorities was magic healing alone.

By Robin Parry

Students at the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden are spending their spring break on a service learning trip in Guatemala. Throughout the week, they will be blogging about their experiences.


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