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Life and Art: Sacred Duty

Zinacantan girl prepares tortillas before sunrise

Since the beginning of time, the sacred duties of planting corn, cooking tortillas, and weaving illuminate the presence of God and the ancestors in everyday life.

pattern weaving god pattern In Maya myth, the Goddess of the Moon taught women to weave sacred designs.
From Codex Madrid

Rulers, priests, and deities of the Maya Universe are draped in elaborate woven garments depicted on painted vases, in murals, and on the monumental stone reliefs associated with Maya archaeological ruins.

woman wearing woven jacket
  Woman from Magdalenas
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