About the Book
Basing themselves in Merida, international photojournalist David Alexander Bjorkman and writer Victoria Thomas spent 12 years traveling throughout Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula photographing the Maya, their towns, villages, and their pyramids—now being reconstructed at a pace not seen in over a thousand years.
Beyond the beach resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, the spirit of the ancient Maya still lives in the design of rural homes that have little changed in 2,000 years, in the power of the soaring pyramids, in the strength of Maya descendants. "The Maya Yucatan" captures the intersection of this living history with the people of the 21st century.
The ancient Maya viewed the universe as being driven by interconnecting cycles that power the days and years, ages and eons, with the spiral of time now bringing people from around the world back to the ancient ceremonial centers. In fact, the Maya elders predicted the resurrection of their pyramids near the end of this current age, which began on August 13, 3114 BCE, and will end on December 21, 2012.
Now, with the K'uk'ulkan Pyramid of Chichen Itza being recognized worldwide as one of the Seven Wonders of the New World, the vision of the ancient Maya has come forward into another new millenium. "The Maya Yucatan" documents the power and dignity of those who stand at the crossroads of the ancient and modern worlds.
David Alexander Bjorkman and Victoria Thomas are documenting The End of Time.
You can watch a YouTube slideshow from "The Maya Yucatan" at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHrNccIMJAc
Features & Details
- Category Travel
Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm
- Publish Date Nov 07, 2008
- Language English
- Tags 2012, Maya, Yucatan, Mexico, Pyramids, Merida, Izamal, Photography, Chichen Itza, Chilam Balam of Chumayel, End of Time, Maya Cosmology, Spring Equinox, David Bjorkman, Victoria Thomas
During his career, David Björkman has worked as a photojournalist, war photographer, art director, Minimalist Color Field painter, fine arts instructor, collage artist, book illustrator, and book publisher. As a photojournalist, he has been smuggled across borders at night and survived a chopper being shot out from under him. His photographs have been published in magazines in over 20 countries. To complete a book project, he slept on the floor of a Lakota Sioux medicine man's house for weeks at a time. He met writer Victoria Thomas while on assignment to document the Explorer's Club Chagres River expedition, (Flag 172), into the Darien Gap of Panama, to undertake an archaeological survey of a Chocó settlement, and to collect Chocó artifacts for the Smithsonian Institution. This settlement belonged to Chocó Chief Antonio Zarco, who taught the original U.S. Apollo astronauts jungle survival in case their capsule landed in the tropics on reentry. Together they founded Zone913, Inc.