Anyone had an authentic Mayan Ceremony.....?
Posted 07 August 2009 - 02:54 PM
Has anyone done this?
If so can you recommend anyone I should work with.
We will be getting married at Sandos Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Posted 07 August 2009 - 03:12 PM
Blowing of the conch to marke the start of the ceremony
Guests stand in circle around you to create a "circle of love", creating an energy
Each cardinal direction represents a different god (here's where I get fuzzy, my notes are at home) love, beauty, protection, purity, earth (ground), heaven (sky). Couple is presented to each direction for their blessing
A direct connection to the earth - participants are barefoot, on the sand, candle and props are on the ground
flower petals representing the gifts of the gods (a different color for each direction) - the couple is sprinkled with the flower petals
candle - represents your commitment, it is lit at the beginning of the ceremony and burns throughout the entire ceremony. The ceremony is stopped so that the candle can be relit if it ever goes out.
At the end of the ceremony, each guest is given an opportunity to offer the couple their good wishes or words of advice
active participation - guests are given musical instruments and celebrate the blessings after each god blesses the couple
Posted 08 August 2009 - 08:24 PM
Posted 09 August 2009 - 04:23 AM
Here's a link to some of my photos, I should have more to show on the ceremony next week. But for now: http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t46544
Also, my Wedding Coordinator provided me with this email a while back explaning the ceremony -- I know she uses Shaman Maria and her assistant Charlie so the format may be slightly different depending on who you use, but I believe it's generally the same! So hope this helps a little
A Mayan Wedding can range from a simple ritual ceremony to a very elaborate wedding service. It is a serious spiritual ceremony. We use only authentic Shamans to perform authentic Mayan wedding ceremonies and prior to the ceremony the Shaman must determine if the bride and groom can participate in this sacred ceremony. This is our personal favorite and highly recommend it. It will truly make your wedding a memorable expierence for your family and friends.
The Mayan wedding is considered a link to the cosmos. The authentic Mayan ceremony, following the actual traditions used by the Maya from the Yucatan Peninsula, is led by an authentic Mayan Shaman and will be held in Spanish. A translator is provided when meeting the Shaman to understand the spirituality of the wedding and its Mayan symbolism.
Mayan Wedding Ritual ... a ritual of commitment to unite each other as long as the commitment remains.
The Mayan Wedding Ritual is based in the Maya's connection with the universe and their gods, which is described in their sacred book the Popol Vuh, the ceremony brings the couple to the four cardinal points (north, south, east and west) to unite them to the feminine Mother Earth and the masculine Cosmic Energy, symbolized by a central sacred candle.
An altar is created to represent these four cardinal points. Flowers mark these four points and â€“ to represent the gifts of prosperity and fertility. North is purification is represented by whiteflowers, East is love with red, South is spiritual guides and uses yellow flowers, and West is protection with purple flowers (true color would be black but since black flowers don't grow in nature we use purple). A Candle is located on the altar on the four cardinal points -- north, south, east and west â€“ to symbolize the presence of the four Mayan cosmos gods.
The center candle unites the feminine and masculine â€“ Mother Earth and Cosmic Energy, - which is lit by the Shaman or by the one he designates. Prior to the ceremony, the area is cleansed at the four cardinal points by the Shaman with the sacred smoke from the Copal tree and the blowing of the ritual conch shell horn.
Family and friends circle around the altar and they celebrate the union of the bride and groom. Mayan music with pre-Hispanic instruments and the sacred conch shell is performed before and during the ceremony.
Traditional Mexican music, such as Mariachis, can continue the celebration after the wedding.
Posted 09 August 2009 - 12:18 PM
I have also heard about the lasso of love being part of some of them. Where they wrap you in lasso of flowers or something to sybolize your connection.
I just think it would be an interesting experience for us and the guests.
Your pictures are great, I think I am going to have to get more details from the wedding coordinator during our visit in September.
Thanks for all the info ladies!
Posted 10 August 2009 - 01:02 AM
We are only doing a symbolic ceremony in Mexico, so we thought this would be a nice change. I will find out more in Sept we we go for a site visit.
Posted 10 August 2009 - 11:47 AM
Posted 10 August 2009 - 12:49 PM
Posted 10 August 2009 - 02:54 PM
They did a 15 minute introduction to our ceremony and led myself and sol down the isle...was pretty stunning!
We hired Yazmin de la Mora as our wedding planner and she did all the investigation for the Mayan crew that performed... You should give her a call and see what she recommends. She is Mexican and knows the local program very very well!
good luck planning!
Posted 11 August 2009 - 10:11 AM
Thank you for all the great information and photos.
Sounds like I need to talk to the wedding coordinator at the hotel and if not go outside.
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