2013 Mayan Warriors at Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Below are some pictures from Blades of Glory Expedition to Tulum in August 2013.
While we were at Tulum, we met some Mayan warriors that allowed the people to take pictures and talk with them. They represent different Mayan Warriors, such as: The Jaguar Warrior, The Kukulkan-Quetzalcoatl (feathered serpent) Warrior, and Owl Warrior. They do their own make up. They have studied the Mayans indepthly and honour their ancestors by showing the visitors their culture. Jorge speaks the Mayan language fluently, as well as Spanish. They do Mayan dances, including the Los Voladores De Papantla - where four people tie their feet to rope at the top of a very large pole. A fifth person plays an instrument and dances while the other four hang from their feet and slowly release the rope as they spin around the pole until they reach the ground. They play the Mayan ball game as well. The ball is about 4kg. When the Mayans played the game, the purpose was to recreate a religious story where the twins played the game against the gods in the underworld. You are allowed to hit the ball with your hips and thighs. You are not allowed to throw the ball and you cannot kick the ball. They tried to hit the ball through stone circles turned sideways that were mounted on walls. They also tried to destroy/hummiliate their opponents by hitting the ball so it struck their opponents on the head or broke their bones.


The Mayan Warrior representing Kukulkan-Quetzalcoatl (feathered serpent) is shown with a snake headpiece. They make their own costumes. The shields have feathers on it as well. A few hundred years ago the Mayans used Quetzal feathers (the very long feathers). The Quetzal bird is now endangered.


Here is Mayan Jaguar Warrior. Note that the hide is of a real jaguar.


This Jaguar Warrior is sporting a real jaguar skull on his headpiece. Warriors would harness the power of the animal that they were representing in battles.

Thank you to Jorge and his friends for sharing knowledge of the Mayan culture with us.


2015 Blades of Glory