Help Fund the Curandera Project!
It has always been our policy to fund our own expeditions to the Maya country and our own studies there. But this time, I must ask for your help.
Our newest venture, informally known as the Curandera Project, will involve a great many more people than usual. While it is encouraging to see so many traditional Daykeepers (aj q’ijab) becoming known for their spiritual work and their dedicated preservation of the Sacred Calendar, there are other individuals and other aspects of the Mayan cosmovision which very much deserve a voice. Perhaps one of the greatest needs is to access the traditions of healing and curing that are part of the traditional knowledge basis of Mayan women.
Jaguar Wisdom’s new Curandera Project is intended to remedy this gap in our knowledge. We have already arranged for a series of talks and interviews with four or five female healers from the region of Momostenango in the highlands of Guatemala; the final book will hopefully include even more.
While there is a certain outlook common in “New Age circles” that “all knowledge ought to be for free,” this outlook is characteristic only of prosperous Western nations and would seem thoroughly incomprehensible to the traditional Maya of Guatemala. In point of fact, Daykeepers and healers are always paid for their spiritual work; the healing of the sick and the keeping of the days are professions like any other, and practitioners support their families with their work. It would be thoroughly unfair to ask these gifted women to sacrifice many working hours simply to pass their wisdom on to the rest of us.
Therefore, we welcome any contributions or donations that might help us to meet our goal of accessing the knowledge of traditional Mayan healers and ensuring that they are justly compensated for helping us to preserve their wisdom.