How much Maya do you know?

Historic Maya culture, language, and practice saturate mission experiences in Belize.  The Maya people lived throughout Mesoamerica (southern Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala) for at least two millennia before Columbus arrived in the New World. The height of their civilization occurred between 500-1000 C.E.

One significant characteristic of Maya religious practice is that it is deeply integrated into everyday life.  Thus, ancient Maya, as well as current Maya, see a close connection between the polytheistic (many gods), supernatural world and their life.  Animals, plants, birds, insects, reptiles, stars, the moon, and the sun are physical examples of different gods.  Each of these gods determines different aspects of human life within the Maya experience (e.g.,

Animals, plants, birds, insects, reptiles, stars, the moon, and the sun are physical examples of different gods.  Each of these gods determines different aspects of a human’s life for Maya people (e.g., childbirth, wealth, health, marriage, etc.).

As you walk through today, consider our team members (Dr. Eric Bolger, Mrs. Shirley Davis, Dr. Craig Haile, Dr. Sheryl Haile, Victoria Schlie, and Brittany Crain) as they navigate this contemporary environment with all of its religious and social complexity.  Pray that they can faithfully minister the gospel as Paul did in the Areopagus (Acts 17) to a culture that views the supernatural world without the restoration of Jesus.

 

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