Calabash gourds, drinking vessels known as jicara
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The calabash fruit


Xquic visiting the forbidden calabash tree

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Calabash gourds, drinking vessels known as jicara

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If you visit contemporary Maya houses, particularly in the south, it is very likely you will see drinking vessels that are not plastic, ceramic, or china. They are gourds, organic material, that come after the calabash fruit is carved out, leaving the shell which is hung to dry. The resulting vessel is known as a jicara.

The calabash tree, is of course, part of Maya mythology and tradition. When the father of the Hero Twins (Hun Hunahpu) was decapitated, his head was placed in a calabash tree. The daughter of a Xibalba lord, Xquic, visited the forbidden tree, and after her interaction with the head (which was now a calabash fruit) became impregnated with the Hero Twins.

The Maya of Northern Belize even though many of us don't live in traditional Maya houses (thatch house in our case), we still have our Jicara we call it in Yucatec Maya "luuch" we use it to drink our traditional Maya drinks like Choco Sakan, Balche and ha (water). We also have the Chu which is used to store water and it kept it cool.

Balche is still made but especially and specifically for the traditions of Cha Chaac, and primicias (Maya Thanksgiving). The H-men has to bless it dou, There are still 3 Maya communities in Corozal and one in Orange Walk which do the Balche for these events.

In September for the celebration of Marcus Canul in Orange Walk, some Yucatec Maya men from Cristo Rey in Corozal brought Balche for people to taste but they have to ask the H-men (Maya shaman) permission and his blessing for the balche and those doing it.

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