There are people who have money
and people who are rich.
Peacock or ‘Pavo Real' (Royal Turkey in Spanish). Backyard strut…
Many gorgeous haciendas / villas from that iconic era are here to explore and appreciate. (for more info see previous post on Mérida)
Street view of La Quinta Montes Molina and its garden
La Quinta Montes Molina was previously known as Villa Beatriz and was built by a prosperous Cuban businessman around 1902. Due to political instability in Mexico it became advisable for him to move his family back to Cuba. He sold the Villa in 1915 to the current Montes Molina family.
The villa is furnished with Art Deco, Murano crystal lamps, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, Tiffany glass doors, Carrara marble floors, Chinese vases, Japanese tea sets, Limoges chinaware, rosewood Steinway piano, fine wood furniture from Europe and China, and paintings from famous New York artists. Even with all this grandeur, Doña Maria Molina slept in a hammock. Four Montes Molina generations lived or still live here. The last survivor of the family, Josefina, comes to visit about four times a year and sleeps in one of the rooms when she’s in town, a living museum… She decided to open her home to visitors in 2003.
To keep this residence open to the public and in good condition, Josefina had to turn the Villa with its beautiful garden into an event center, museum and gift shop. Weddings, receptions, parties, cultural events, business meetings, photo sessions, can take place here. A huge covered area has been created in the backyard to accommodate large groups to enjoy this stunning place.
Various canes hung in corner, one doubling as a firearm.
Furniture is made of rattan aka cane.
Notice the beautiful pasta tiles
Angels, swans, children, men, women, lyres, wreaths, etc.
Most attractive ceiling in this villa
Tiffany glass doors. Tea sets from all over the world
Food was brought up from the basement kitchen via a food elevator
Hallway - beautiful glasswork
Winter or summer furniture were brought from the basement depending upon the season.
Men used to play cards at the entrance with the doors open to let the cool evening breeze come in.
Hallway doors, Carrara marble floor
In the days, it only reached about 35C (95F) in the summer, now 42C (108F).
There was no need then for fans or air conditioning, the breeze would do.
Details of molding around the villa
Unique structure of the Gran Museo Del Mundo Maya in Mérida.
Light shows are presented on the white walls at dark.
Anthropomorphic sculpture known as Atlantean.
They support benches in temples of Chichén Itza.They represent deities who hold up the skies
Another version of an Atlantean
Ek Balam, Yucatán, sculptures
Ball game hoop, Oxkintok, Yucatán.
We see ball courts in every ruins but most hoops are in museums.
Corn God. Young man with stylized corncob,
quetzal plumes and jade ornaments using Maya blue.
Incense burner from Mayapán, Yucatán.
The famous Chac Mool 'Red Claw'
Associated with Chichén Itza even though it is found all around Mesoamerica.
Reclining individual, raised on his elbows, with bent knees,
hands resting on his belly, forming a flat surface on which to place offerings.
As mentioned in many previous posts. Henequén or sisal products
San Sebastian arrows together with the wounded San Roque
were invoked during the Colony to avoid the spread of diseases
like smallpox, chickenpox, or yellow fever for which indigenous had no antibodies.
Maya rebels were organized around sanctuaries
where crosses and virgins served to unite groups.
Green crosses are reminiscent of the sacred ceiba (kapok) tree.
Many are covered with shroud or huipil (local dress / shirt).
Anthony of Padua once protected animals
Now he secures marriages.
Piece of one of the burned-up codices by friars.
Colossal loss to Maya culture.
Women in the park, 1986 by Francisco Zúñiga
Feathered Serpent - Celestial deity Kukultán. Chichén Itza
Importance of nature in Maya culture,
this ½ reptile, ½ bird complex deity is linked to crops, sun, rain, and sky.
Renowned jade jewelry. As strong as steel, as rare as diamonds.
Mayas used caves, cenotes, temples to venerate their deities and ancestors.
Fundamental part of the ritual was placing offerings
and burning copal incense in clay recipients like this one.
From Balankanché, Yucatán
Maya Almanac with predictions for each day.
Helped determine days propitious to hunting, beekeeping, weaving,
agriculture and rituals to attract rain.
A couple items of interest brought up during our tour of the museum:
- Warbling of more bird species than those in all of Europe fills the air in this very complex habitat of jungle, swamps, marshes, savannah, and rocky soil.
- Today 60% of Mayas live in cities and work primarily in maquiladoras, a few are white collars, artists, or intellectuals. The remainder still live very close to the earth and its many gifts. They by no means have disappeared, only adapting like most of us.