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Candles

The light from a fire has long been associated with rituals and prayer.  This source of light is present in many forms: in the burning of oil, incense and candles. The candles used for “Finados”, a ritual where food is prepared and placed on an altar for the dead, is one of the many pure …
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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Xunantunich

Perched on the ridge top sits the ancient city of Xunantunich, overlooking the Mopan River Valley.  From this vantage point, it sees forests, farmland and modern-day communities. Located in western Belize, approximately 2 miles from the Guatemalan border, it is visited by people from all over the world on a daily basis and is one …
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Xtabai

As Belizeans, we are very superstitious people, and so is the rest of the Caribbean. All areas of Mesoamerica have their own traditional folktales and legends, and within the Maya territory, there are numerous characters and stories. Xtabai is what many would consider to be the most malevolent of them all. The very mention of her name is enough to bring …
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The Panel at Xunantunich

The early explorers, adventurers and archeologist believed that the ancient Maya were quiet people that lived in the forests, in harmony with their surroundings. Slowly, over time, they realized that these ancient people were actually people. They slashed and burned jungles to plant their corn. They hunted and domesticated wild animals like the wild turkey, …
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