Friday, July 25, 2008

Whose Palenque is this?

Around mid-day I saw a group of people dressed in purple, solemnly and quietly walk into the park in a single file. Since I am a student of the ancient Maya, my first reaction was to think that this ceremony had no place here. The participants were carrying two banners, one the image of Christ and the other I could not see. The presence of this group, with their chanting and singing, caused me to examine my feelings about who "owns" Palenque.

Here are just a few of the Owners of Palenque
Mexican School Children

Families on Vacation

Indigenous Maya in Traditional Dress

Young Indigenous Vendors

People from all over the world

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