Xuculem – Mayan Fire Ceremony

by Nicola Dentico

The fire ceremony is the center of the Mayan Cosmovision. By its realization the Ajq’ij ’(the bearers of the tradition) allow a contact between the visible and the invisible.

Fire is not only a means of carrying prayers from the “other side” of reality: it is a real communication tool. The nahuales and spirits of the Mayan pantheon respond through the reactions of the fire, through the forms of the incandescent wood or other means that the eyes of the Ajqq can grasp. This teaches us that the indigenous approach to prayer is not to beat the hand on the chest waiting for something to fall from the sky, but a relationship. If Nature responds by asking for more offer, it is not because of a superstitious relationship of do ut des (frome latin: I give to you in order  you give to me) , but because the relationship between the practitioner and a manifestation of forces needs to be nurtured.

Friday, August 16 we will be supported by the energy of Toj, a nahual of ceremonial fire, a great devourer capable of transforming offerings into gratitude and relating Earth and Sky.

It is possible to communicate with the nahual via the offer code. Traditionally, this can be made of tobacco, copal resin, bread, candles in natural wax. You are invited to bring one of them to make your offer.

Diego Nicola Dentico bio

I am a yerbero and an ajkun (a practitioner of traditional Maya medicine).

My passions are ecology and traditional cultures, which find a natural connection in Curanderism and in the defense of ancestral territories and traditions, fundamental elements of the cultural identity of indigenous peoples. I have a degree in Educational Sciences and I received a naturopathic certificate with a research on the healing methods of the Huicholes, shamans of Mexico. In 2018, following a period of apprenticeship with a family of Mayan healers, I published the book “In the Garden of the Curanderas”.

Currently I continue my research with different masters of Mayan tradition living in an indigenous pueblo of Guatemala. Specifically I’m deepening those Tz’tujil and Quiché.