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2008-03-07 03:00:15

By Keven Ann Willey, The Dallas Morning News Mar. 7--SAN CRISToBAL, Mexico -- Contrasts are what produce "wow" moments in Chiapas, Mexico's southernmost state. It's Mexican. But it's really more Mayan. The Spanish were afraid of the jungle and never succeeded in conquering the region. It's modern. Five airports, two large cities (Tuxtla Gutierrez, San Cristobal), better BlackBerry reception than in parts of Texas. But it's also ancient. The Mayans developed a number system based on...

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2008-02-21 01:35:00

Five years ago, archaeologists began working with NASA scientists to better understand the mysterious end of the ancient Mayan civilization that thrived for over 1,000 years in Central America and southern Mexico. The work is paying off,  according to archeologist William Saturno, who discovered ruins of hidden Mayan cities in the Guatemalan jungle with assistance from satellite images. The ruins consisted of five sprawling sites with hundreds of buildings. Saturno discovered...

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2007-08-23 18:13:10

By MARK STEVENSON UH-MAY, Mexico - Thousands of Mayan Indians lost homes as Hurricane Dean blew through the Yucatan peninsula, but their real wealth was the trees, now scattered and broken in the storm's wake. Village after village is carpeted with fallen mangoes, oranges, guanabanas and mameys that will never be harvested. Mexico's Mayan communities have survived centuries of oppression, expulsion from valuable land along the Caribbean coast, and many damaging storms. But they say no...

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2006-12-06 09:50:00

MEXICO CITY -- Scenes of enslaved Maya Indians building temples for a violent, decadent culture in Mel Gibson's new film "Apocalypto" may ring true for many of today's Mayas, who earn meager wages in construction camps, building huge tourist resorts on land they once owned. Some Mayas are excited at the prospect of the first feature film made in their native tongue, Yucatec Maya. But others among the 800,000 surviving Mayans are worried that Gibson's hyper-violent, apocalyptic film could be...

2006-02-01 08:10:00

By Mica Rosenberg RABINAL, Guatemala (Reuters) - It outlived the Spanish conquest and a crushing civil war and it survived decades of repression by the Guatemala government of the Maya heartland. Now the oldest drama in the Americas has been declared a global masterpiece. The Rabinal Achi is performed annually at a January festival. Anthropologists say it has been staged since 1400 and tells the story of the clash of two Mayan kingdoms 500 years earlier. The play, now sponsored by the...

2006-01-04 00:56:48

please read byline as ... By Manuel Carrillo ... , and in second paragraph ... pre-Columbian... . A corrected repetition follows. By Manuel Carrillo PALENQUE, Mexico (Reuters) - Thousands of Maya Indians greeted Mexican rebel icon Subcomandante Marcos near the jungle ruins of Palenque on Tuesday, as he took off on a national tour to rail against poverty before July elections. Groups of tourists watched the Mayan Zapatistas, who wore black ski masks and chanted pro-poor slogans as...

2006-01-04 00:36:41

By Manuel Carrillo PALENQUE, Mexico (Reuters) - Thousands of Maya Indians greeted Mexican rebel icon Subcomandante Marcos near the jungle ruins of Palenque on Tuesday, as he took off on a national tour to rail against poverty before July elections. Groups of tourists watched the Mayan Zapatistas, who wore black ski masks and chanted pro-poor slogans as Marcos drove into Palenque, which is famous for its sprawling pre-Colombian ruins surrounded by thick forest. The pipe-smoking and...

2005-10-11 16:16:36

By Catherine Bremer TACANA, Guatemala (Reuters) - Villagers mourned their dead on Tuesday and sprinkled lime over the mass graves of hundreds buried in huge mudslides, putting a seal on the latest tragedy to hit Guatemala's Maya Indians. At the edge of this town in the high mountains of western Guatemala, rescuers in the hamlet of Cua called off attempts to recover more victims from the mudslide that swallowed two churches, a school and a communal dining room on Thursday. "We pulled...

2005-10-09 02:09:53

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - A Guatemalan village buried under tons of dirt and debris may be declared a Mayan mass grave as rescuers give up digging for the remains of up to 1,400 people killed in a mudslide triggered by Hurricane Stan. After days of heavy rain, mud, rocks and trees crashed down a volcano's slopes and into the Maya Indian village of Panabaj as people slept early on Wednesday, covering it in a quagmire up to 40 feet deep in places. Some 1,400...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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