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Mayan Jaguar Masks Information
The Mayan people inhabited the Yucatan Peninsula from 2500 BC to 1550 AD. The basic principles of the Mayan religion were adapted from the Olmec and Teotihuacan people, prior to the seventh century AD. The Mayans viewed the natural world, along with all that was a part of it, as a continuation of the sky-world above and the underworld below. The jaguar was believed to be a gatekeeper who could move between the natural world and the underworld at will.The Mayan people inhabited the Yucatan Peninsula from 2500 BC to 1550 AD. The basic principles of the Mayan religion were adapted from the Olmec and Teotihuacan people, prior to the seventh century AD. The Mayans viewed the natural world, along with all that was a part of it, as a continuation of the sky-world above and the underworld below. The jaguar was believed to be a gatekeeper who could move between the natural world and the underworld at will.

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Mayan Jaguar Masks Information

The Mayan people inhabited the Yucatan Peninsula from 2500 BC to 1550 AD. The basic principles of the Mayan religion were adapted from the Olmec and Teotihuacan people, prior to the seventh century AD. The Mayans viewed the natural world, along with all that was a part of it, as a continuation of the sky-world above and the underworld below. The jaguar was believed to be a gatekeeper who could move between the natural world and the underworld at will.The Mayan people inhabited the Yucatan Peninsula from 2500 BC to 1550 AD. The basic principles of the Mayan religion were adapted from the Olmec and Teotihuacan people, prior to the seventh century AD. The Mayans viewed the natural world, along with all that was a part of it, as a continuation of the sky-world above and the underworld below. The jaguar was believed to be a gatekeeper who could move between the natural world and the underworld at will.

I went to get some Mexican sweet bread at a bakery, and while there, there were 2 young fellas talking to each other in a distinct language. I approached the table they occupied, and said, “Tialli, tinahuatlahtoa?”, which means, “Hello, you speak Nahuatl?” 
One of the young men smiled, and asked me, “Tinahualtlahtoa?” 
“Quemah, achitzin…” I replied, which means “A little bit.” 
The guy smiled, and invited me to sit with them, so I told him I was going to get some bread & horchata 1st.
Once I got my pan dulce, I sat with them, and then asked them, “Quenin moihtoa (How do you say), -You’re looking very beautiful this morning, as usual. Was wondering if you were single, I’d like to take you out sometime- ica Nahuatl (in Nahuatl)? 
Because there’s this beautiful Nahuatl-speaking girl who works right across the street from where I do, and I want to impress her by speaking our language.” 
So these guys were speaking to me in Nahuatl, meanwhile I struggled to keep up with them, but it was so much fun, I was having a blast being taught to pronounce things accurately, and whatnot, but then suddenly this Mexican lady who sat on the table in back of us, she kept staring at us constantly, until finally she got up from her seat, walked over to toss her trash in the bin, and then walked up to our table, and said, in Spanish, “I don’t know if you guys know this, but whatever dialect you’re speaking, it sounds very annoying. Those dialects aren’t spoken anymore.”, but in Spanish it sounds much worse & foul, more so with the attitude she used. 
The guys, and even I were left in complete awe, looking at each other, like, did she really just say that? 
Of course, I’m not the type to bite my tongue, so I gently said, “We aren’t speaking any dialect. We’re speaking a real language, ma’am.” 
“Como que una lengua verdadera? Esa cosa que ustedes están hablando es un dialecto de indio!” She replied, which means, “What do you mean a real language? That THING that you’re speaking is a dialect spoken by the Indian!” 
“You mean, by Indigenous Americans, right? Because Indians are from India… you got a huge cactus on your forehead, ma’am, so if NOT an ‘India’, then what are you? I hope you don’t say Latina, or Hispanic, because those are terms that belong to Europeans, and clearly you aren’t White, even if perhaps you desire to be, out of shame to be what is supposedly inferior… 
As far dialect goes, that’s where you’re wrong! Spanish is a dialect, and NOT a real language, because it branches from the European Latin tongue, which is also NOT a real language, because even the Latin tongue, Greek & English as well, as old as they are, they branch from a much more ancient language known as Sanskrit, used by the ancient people of South East Asia.
But Nahuatl is a true solid language that doesn’t branch out of another one. It’s original, and spoken by the original indigenous people of America. 
Besides, since we are in America, we should be speaking a language original to the land, and NOT made to feel ashamed to do so by people who can only speak European languages. 
If we were in Europe, then yes, you can tell me to stop speaking Nahuatl, and instead speak Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, and Latin, but we’re in America, lady, and we BETTER be speaking an American language, but if you don’t want to learn it, then fine, but don’t you DARE make the indigenous people of America feel ashamed and/or bad for speaking the languages of the land. Don’t you DARE do that!”
The worse type of racism is called #InternalizedRacism- credit to Ricardo Ignacio

 He is a writer he uses his talent of writing to communicate revolutionary ideas through stories….the story may not have actually happened but the message is powerful! Also, we come across such characters such as the ones on this short story all the time in real life….it doesn’t matter the method of which the message is conveyed “Did you get the message?”

this is a perfect example of RE - Indiginizing and coming back to our ancestral ways…..we had many stories - folk lore mythologies etc through story telling - oral and art- we learn about the Spirit the Earth and the People, for those who do not recognize this method means those people have Europeanized aka Colonized Minds. This is a good way to RE-Indiginize and DE colonize the Mind  listening to and reading our fellow brothers and sisters stories they are nourishment to the Mind and the Soul and a very very ANCIENT method of passing on wisdom.

Anonymous asked:

Hey how's it goin ? I just started learning a little bit about this Inhumane ridiculously fucked up injustice and trust me I will keep on learning .your blog is necessary I feel and never stop wat ur doing educating yourself and others ! U prolly get tired of people asking u wat am I really my apologies but in my case I was born here in Texas but my parents are from El Salvador what does that make me .. Where am I really from like my ancestors ?? Thank u for ur time never stop wat ur doing !!

 I cant exactly tell you who are you’re ancestors, but the indigenous people of El Salvador are the Pipil natives a Nahua speaking group who migrated from Mexico, centuries before the European conquest and occupied the region, it was also inhabited by various other Native American peoples, including the Lenca, a Chilanga Lencan speaking group who settled in the eastern highlands. There are  various native groups so i can’t exactly tell you who are you’re ancestors. But thank you!

Anonymous asked:

Hi, I was wondering: What is the most common indigenous language of Mexico? I am from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco and I don't know what indigenous language is common to that area. I would like to learn it to get to know my background. I am currently in the US and I've been wanting to learn another language.

Nahuatl and Mixtec are the most common indigenous languages spoken in mexico,

But since you say you are from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, this state is home to two indigenous populations, the Huichols and the Nahuas. The Huichols speak Wixáritar or “Huichol” and the Nahuas speak Nahuatl.

http://www.hispanicvista.com/HVC/Columnist/HVC/Opinion/Guest_Columns/021510_John_P_Schmal.htm

berlinchigen asked:

Why do you say Mayas "were" from those regions, they are still alive and their communities still exist

I am well aware that there are still Mayan descendants living today. I was stating that these are the countries (that were mentioned) were Mayans can be found. I was not giving a specific place within  the region where the Mayan people are at, because not everyone of that region is of Mayan decant since there are many other native communities that resign within that region. 

The Two Spirited People: Remember that hatred of Gay and Bisexual people was taught to you. Native American people of North and South America allowed marriage of men to women, men to men, and women to women under the spiritual understandings that the soul is genderless or that we two spirited souls with genders separate from our biological bodies. When people say that Native Americans were the past I can only laugh because I know that our people were and continue to be the future, we understood the evils of wealth, homophobia and harming the earth until we were sieged by European barbarians. These backwards men still bicker about gay marriage, saving the ozone, and pride their capitalist system as the best in the world while it runs on the blood of black and brown people. But I digress, as this post pertains to homosexuality, male-centric culture was brought to our lands and with it the ideas of who should marry who, which sex belongs in the kitchen, and what else is proper living. In 20 years when the United States finally comes to the wisdom our people have known for centuries you may pride yourself on knowing that your ancestors knew better. 

The Two Spirited People: Remember that hatred of Gay and Bisexual people was taught to you. Native American people of North and South America allowed marriage of men to women, men to men, and women to women under the spiritual understandings that the soul is genderless or that we two spirited souls with genders separate from our biological bodies. When people say that Native Americans were the past I can only laugh because I know that our people were and continue to be the future, we understood the evils of wealth, homophobia and harming the earth until we were sieged by European barbarians. These backwards men still bicker about gay marriage, saving the ozone, and pride their capitalist system as the best in the world while it runs on the blood of black and brown people. But I digress, as this post pertains to homosexuality, male-centric culture was brought to our lands and with it the ideas of who should marry who, which sex belongs in the kitchen, and what else is proper living. In 20 years when the United States finally comes to the wisdom our people have known for centuries you may pride yourself on knowing that your ancestors knew better. 

Non-Native Americans might think it’s cool and trendy to wear Native Headdresses, but it is offensive and inexcusable cultural appropriation. ‘Why is it offensive?’ many non-Natives will ask, ‘it’s just a hat,’ but it’s more than just a hat. It’s the principle. For 500 years, Native Americans were forced to assimilate from their culture, forced to hate themselves, forced to be a part of what you say “white, American culture.” For 500 years we were taught that we were savages, less than human, and deserved no rights, for we were less than whites. And if we didn’t learn these messages, we were put in our place by beatings and even being killed. So, after 500 years of cultural assimilation, it is offensive that non-Natives can adorn themselves with our sacred cultural attire, while we were forced away from it. It’s offensive that hipsters can wear  headdresses- that have important meanings to its people- and wear it because it looks cool and trendy. It’s not. It’s our culture, that you have no right to, after our forced assimilation.

Non-Native Americans might think it’s cool and trendy to wear Native Headdresses, but it is offensive and inexcusable cultural appropriation. ‘Why is it offensive?’ many non-Natives will ask, ‘it’s just a hat,’ but it’s more than just a hat. It’s the principle. For 500 years, Native Americans were forced to assimilate from their culture, forced to hate themselves, forced to be a part of what you say “white, American culture.” For 500 years we were taught that we were savages, less than human, and deserved no rights, for we were less than whites. And if we didn’t learn these messages, we were put in our place by beatings and even being killed. So, after 500 years of cultural assimilation, it is offensive that non-Natives can adorn themselves with our sacred cultural attire, while we were forced away from it. It’s offensive that hipsters can wear  headdresses- that have important meanings to its people- and wear it because it looks cool and trendy. It’s not. It’s our culture, that you have no right to, after our forced assimilation.