As this area has now come to be known as the Riviera in the international spotlight over the past 30 years, its original history is much further. This practice belongs to the Mayan culture as the region’s original culture. And as people evolve and the resultant migratory processes of thousands of workers, professionals and tourists come to the area for its beauty: this festival and its supporters stand to preserve, recognize, and respect the indigenous people and their traditions. Helping keep the unique aspects of this lands heritage a “true and complete part of” the area as it evolves.
The 2011 Maya: Cozumel Crossing Journey
For more than 1000 years, people from all over the Land of the Maya made a trip year after year to worship the goddess Ixchel. This trip is now re-enacted every year as a group of 300 oarsman launch their vessels from Cozumel and arrive in Playa Del Carmen. Today, you have the opportunity to take a trip into the past and witness this ancient tradition.
This trip is an ancient Mayan practice especially related to veneration of the goddess Ixchel, considered the Mother goddess of the region’s ancient Mayan culture. As the mention of the various ideas of gods or goddess may imply topics of differing opinion, this celebration is to the respect of the original spiritual practices of those whose land this area has been host to for the past 2000 years. Though this festival presents an opportunity to be a spectacle, it is also a time to observe respect toward the indigenous origins of this area.