Ya'axche tree (Ceiba pentandra)
Articles on Belize Belizean Artists and paintings Banks of Belize The Belize Barrier Reef Birds and Birding in Belize Belize Blogs Boat Charters Bookstore Businesses in Belize Belizean Casinos Caving and Cave tubing in Belize Annual Costa Maya Festival Cruise Ships Belize Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Electronic greeting cards with a Belizean flavor Economics of Belize Ambergris Caye Field Guide Fishing in Belize tarpon bonefish Golf carts Belize History Knowledgebase for Belize and Ambergris Caye Hol Chan Marine Reserve Belizean Holidays Belize Resorts, lodging Belize Maps Tour Guides in Belize Belize Message Boards / Forums National Parks and Reserves in Belize Latest Belize News Ambergris Caye Telephonebook /Directory Photographs of Belize Belize Restaurants Real Estate and Realtors in Belize Shopping in Belize Sitemap Snorkeling in Belize Spa / Massage What to do in Belize Belize Tour Guides, Travel Agents Quick Travel Hints Video Volunteers and Volunteering in Belize Belize Weather Forecast and conditions Belize Weddings, Getting married in Belize What's New on the Website Artists in Belize, Belizean Art
Monday June 11, 2018

Previous | Next | Archive |

BelizeSearch.com
Website of the Day

Ya'axché Conservation Trust
A community-oriented conservation NGO, working in southern Belize, C.A.
Click here for past
Websites of the Day
Ya'axche tree (Ceiba pentandra)

She is still young, that´s why she has thorns.

Ceiba trees, for the Maya, connect the underworld with its deep buttress roots and the heavens with its tall branches. It is because of this connectivity, linking people and nature, we named ourself Ya'axche Conservation Trust. Ceiba trees in their early years have spikes for protection, evident in the photo.

Photograph by Ya'axché Conservation Trust

Click here to comment on this picture.




The Sacred Maya tree: Wakah Chan or Yax Che'il kab

The Maya believed in a 3 layered world, comprised of heaven, the middle world, and the underworld. These layers were connected by a sacred tree represented on earth by the majestic CEIBA tree. Its roots went into the underworld, the stem and central part represented the current world we live in and the branches touched the heavens. During the Maya classic and post-classic period the Maya represented the CEIBA tree with a sacred cross, relating to modern day Christian symbols. These trees are sacred and are found in almost every archeological site in the region, they were a cruz part of Maya religious, astronomical, and cosmological views.

Today some Yucatec Maya in Northern Belize dress a cross with a Huipil representing the Cieba tree . The dress cross is a reminder of the strenght of the Yucatec Maya during the Caste War 1847-1930's.

Belize Slideshow




Click here for a list of previous pictures of the day
Click here for a large selection of photographs and videos of Belize
Email us - Weyour photographs. Send us yours with a description!


Belize Search.com Belize News.com Belize Cards.com Belize History IslandBazaar.net Belize Weather
Belize Lodging Tours & Recreation Diving & Snorkeling Fishing Travel Tips Real Estate
AmbergrisCaye.com Island Information Visitor Center Belize Business San Pedro Sun
SanPedroDaily.com Belize Message Board Restaurants Things to do

Belize Picture of the Day


button Home button Island button Community button History button Visitor Center button Goods & Services button Search button Forum button Contact Us button

Copyright by Casado Internet Group, Belize