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Cenotes

The most striking features of the Yucatan Peninsula

Cenotes

Their presence contributed significantly to the development of pre-Hispanic Mayan people
and their great ceremonial centers such as Chichen Itza.


A very special place

The cenotes were a very special place in the life of the Maya groups, temples were built along its shores where rituals were performed associated with rain and fertility. In its sacred waters, various objects were thrown and the maximum offering that could be made to the gods : Human life!

For the Maya, caves were the symbolic passage between the earthly world and the underworld (Xibalba). At the same time were associated with fertility, were cosiderados as places of birth of life, point of origin of certain bloodlines and holy water containers. The Maya underworld was related to several mythological creatures and night fantastic animals like the Jaguar, bats and owls. Snakes were a symbol of immortality and incarnation of the spirit of death that dwells in the depths of the earth.


Cenotes are still very important

Though there remain certain practices of their ancient worship, it is clear that its meaning is very different than it was for the ancient Maya. Today, its value is associated with the turism that continues growing in several regions, not leaving aside the water they provide. to care for these natural water supplies requires the commitment of authorities, citizens, developers and tourism companies and the tourists themselves. Without a doubt, the cenotes are and have been the source of life and development in the Yucatan Peninsula. The ancient Maya understood very well the importance of cenotes, so they took very good care and respected them. We need to to create awareness so that every time we swim in a crystal clear cenote or we step in its cavernous underwater gallery, we all remember that we are entering into sacred waters, in primeval waters, waters of life, and so we have to respect and preserve them.