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Life in Mayan Guatemala After the End of the World: Return From the Promised Land

Fotis Kanteres | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Fotis Kanteres

Fifty years ago Nahualá was minimal, strewn with some adobe (mud brick) houses along paths with people tending to a land, which was open and unhindered. In the time since, a fledgling urban center has developed.

Oxlajuj Baktun: Ceremony and Ecstasy in the Center of the Mayan World.

Fotis Kanteres | Posted 02.20.2013 | World
Fotis Kanteres

As I stepped out last night for the midnight ceremony I followed the chanting and beating of the drum. The people had taken over the town square, building a fire pit that sustained the dozens in the highland cold wind.

Oxlajuj Baktun: Observing the End of the Mayan Calendar in the Center of the Mayan World (PHOTOS)

Fotis Kanteres | Posted 02.19.2013 | World
Fotis Kanteres

I am currently in Nahualá in the western highlands of Mayan Guatemala filming a documentary on the region. Today, the close of the Oxlajuj Baktun calendar, is one of the most important days in this town's existence.

The Real Mayan End of the World (PHOTOS)

Fotis Kanteres | Posted 02.17.2013 | World
Fotis Kanteres

I find the sensationalized subject of the Mayan "end of the world" to demean the experience of the people here in Mayan Guatemala, many of whom experience a world that is swarmed by daily threats of an end that is very real. Recently I asked a nun about the sexual abuse of women.

Celebrating the Day of the Dead With the Maya of Guatemala (PHOTOS)

Fotis Kanteres | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Fotis Kanteres

The sole, crumbling mausoleum provided for a grand panorama of the surroundings: a sea of Maya with their typical colorful apparel and wares. As kites swayed in the sky, the priest took the microphone and uttered some prayers and proclamations. Amidst this chaos I found a peace.

Was Mayans' Mysterious Demise Self-Inflicted?

Posted 08.22.2012 | Science

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 08/22/2012 09:56 AM EDT on LiveScience The city states of the ancient Mayan empire flourish...