Papaya Playa Project
Sacred Meal with Chaac
Firsthand explorations of the most peculiar and fascinating rituals from around the world.
It is not the music one listens to for the sake of listening or doing nothing.
Mayan music – what remains of it following the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century – is the music of wind and percussion. It is not the music one listens to for the sake of listening or doing nothing. It's an essential component of religious ceremonies. Mayan rituals concern many aspects of life. Food as it is grown, prepared and consumed is not an exception.

This Saturday we invite you for a very special, anthropological dinner. For one thing, Mateo Granados*, whose cooking style builds upon the tradition of Mayan culinary art, will be your chef; for another, the course will be delivered ceremonially – as it should be considering the centrality of food in our lives.

On Saturday, you will be sharing your "sacred meal" with Chaac, the Maya rain deity, gaining his strength and virtue. Our guests to wind, drum and sing hymns to this almighty patron of agriculture are "U Kill Ba Chaac," a familial group of spiritual musicians, singers, ritual performers conducted by a shaman. We have kindly requested their presence and are bringing the group from the jungle where its members seclusively live serving as the medium connecting the village and other remote Mayan communities to the metaphysical realm. Most likely, this is your only chance to witness the performance.

MATEO GRANADOS: Big Deal of a Meal.

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TIME MAGAZINE: Rituals Make Food (and Drinks) Taste Better