Today, we hiked to the lake Chicabal. The hike did not mean to be arduous, however, due to my no traction sneakers and the fear of height, it was difficult for me to walk downhill. Overall, I still think that it was worth to hike to the lake Chicabal.
When listening to the professor’s presentation, I learned about his dedication to his cultural root, as well as the mayans, who persistently attempt to protect the nature from any artificial damages. At one point, he explained to us the significance of the six colored candles. The red, yellow, white, and black candles symbolize the four colors of corn produce in Guatemala, while the blue and green candles represent the ocean and the land. As part of the ceremony, we had to throw in these candles, one each time, to thank the nature for food, water, and land. Not only the Mayan Mams, however, I also noticed that the time when we had lunch at a Maya Mam’s family, they and the Guatemalans would finish their food, with nothing left on their plate. Their eating habit and the ceremony reminded me my activism in protecting the environment when I was in high school (I have been less environmental friendly since college).
Despite I was not able to connect with the ceremony spiritually, I was able to rethink about my carbon footprint. I will always remember my responsibility to protect the nature because it is spiritual to the Maya Mams and it is also important to continue our life.