|Enjoying a delicious homemade lunch|
The indigenous people have so much respect for their land that they ask for permission before planting, cutting, harvesting, or killing the land or animals. They give an offering to the gods such as red, white, yellow, and blue corn. They use the corn for three different things: eating, to feed the animals, and corn to reproduce.
|Grace, our International Residential Assistant|
|Elizabeth, one of our students|
We also did a Nahua ritual in a sacred place in the forest. We had to face each direction: North, South, West and East. Each direction stands for a different concept. The North symbolizes death, the South symbolizes the road of life, the West symbolizes where the sun sets, and the East symbolizes the sun.
It was a great experience to get in touch with yourself. It was a great opportunity to think about how much we have destroyed the environment. Take a second and think about everything you throw in the trash and where it goes, and all the paper you use that’s killing so many trees, along with all the roads you drive on and how much forest they destroy just to make that road.
It was very nice to be in this kind of environment surrounded by nature. The smell, touch, sounds and sights of the sacred place were very pleasant. This was only a short hike, but it was very exciting and I can’t wait to go further to see the ancient cave paintings that Amatlan is famous for.
- Lee Thao, Student