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Medical Arts of the Maya of Yucatan & Chiapas
Five Areas of Traditional Practice I´lolPulse Reader Koponej witzPrayer Healer Jve´t´omeMidwife Tzac´Bak Bone Healer Ac´vomol Herbalist
Don Antoñio: Our Unofficial Guide The poet The politician Views on pesticides
Doña Marga: Curandera Prayer Healer Who comes to see you? Will you pass on the Sastun? Los Dioses or The Four Dwarves. The sacredness of the healing arts.
Remedies & Fortune Telling Gallstones & Evil Eye. The Candles: a way to see. 3 Our Fathers – Syncretism. Communication with 3 brothers. The Gift.
Museo De la Medicina Maya Centre for Development of Mayan medicine was established to preserve traditional knowledge Informant Miguel Medicinal information has been passed down from traditional Mayan healers for centuries
The sacred and organic connected Earth with plants Alcohol with water Candles with fire Air with prayer When we die, we return to the earth
All parts of the plant and animals are used leaf, bark, stem, root, fruit, nut, seeds PICHE –Use- shampoo –Use- diarrhea One plant can be used for multiple ailments MEXICAN APPLE –Use-hypertension –Use-dysentry
Hot and Cold Plants Exemplify Principles of Balance Hot and cold are determined in the preparation Cough - cold Eucalyptus -warm (vicks) (vicks) Whooping cough - warm Hibiscus - cold
Hot and Cold Childbirth - warm Ramon Tree - cold –used to help speed up childbirth Ramon tree located at the Botanical Gardens in Merida
Present Status of Knowledge Museum located on outskirts of town Financial struggle Knowledge not easily disceminated or passed on
Modern Ailments Pop & Junk Food –Factory food was ruining people´s diets, he scolded. People were being afflicted with what he called ´modern food disease.´ Junk, or cochinada (pigged) food was at the root of most of his patients ailments, which he noticed were worsening in the recent decades –Rosita Arvigo, SASTUN
Contemporary Views Don Elijio: –Traditional healing has become so confused with black magic that many now fear working with spiritual forces, even when used for healing and service –Don Elijio, SASTUN
Credibility Only helps, never harms Count the successes, not the failures Often an untapped resource Examples –Oranges back –Mary´s knee
Doña Julia Town of Zinacantan Mary and I went to visit her, but were only shown the directions after Mary expressed her knee pain
Doña Julia and Mary Read Pulse Put posh in her mouth, and sprayed it on her knee Massaged and moved around the joint Pain was relieved after only 15 minutes of her work! Refused payment
Remedies From Mayan Pharmacy We have been passing around: –Reumaetik Ointment, –Golpetik Ointment –Pomada para las vías respiratorias –Romero –Tronadora –Turasnu Vomol –Compuesto Vegetal –Angelica –Eucalipto –Ajetetes Also, a table of various herbs and ailment remedies.
Last Words from Don Elijio ”Fewer than one-half of 1 percent of the planet´s 250,000 species have been exhaustively analyzed for their chemical composition and medicinal properties. From that one-half of one percent, some 25 percent of all our prescription pharmaceuticals have been discovered.” ---Don Elijio, SASTUN