Our last night in Cozumel a group of Maya celebrated and blessed the four cardinal directions with fire, dancing and drumming. In a modern touch, the backdrop was a projection of an image of flames.
We sat in total darkness, except for the light of the media screen flames.
Then the dancers lit a flame as a centerpoint to their movements.
The men circled the flame chanting.
One dancer represented a skeleton; life and death.
Another dancer represented the Maya priest.
His headdress was truly impressive, made from long feathers.
The woman dancer began the ceremony by lighting the fire and ended it with drumming. This Maya cultural performance was a fitting way to end our visit of Cozumel. The Maya people inhabited the island for 1000 years before the Spanish arrived. Their mestizo and fully indigenous descendants inhabit the island today.
Gracias for visiting Fake Flamenco! Olé!