Pericon

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Dr Nicholas Hellmuth and FLAAR present "Pericon: another Marigold species for Day of the Dead in November." This beautiful collection of pictures has been prepared for IMS. The report is available by clicking on the image to the left to open in a new window.

Please visit http://www.maya-ethnobotany.org/ to check out all the FLAAR reports on botanical research in the "Maya area."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squash, Gourds, and Pumpkins

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Another in a series of FLAAR Reports created exclusively for the Institute of Maya Studies by Nicholas Hellmuth and his research team in Guatemala City:

Squash, Gourds, and Pumpkins in Maya Diet, Art and the Ballgame

by Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth, Director of the Foundation for Latin American Anthropological Research (FLAAR)

Squash are eaten; squash vines are present in sculptures from the Olmec through to later Maya and Cotzumalhuapa sculptures. Ceramic effigy bowls clearly reproduce (a thousand years ago) the typical ribbed pumpkin-like squash. As recorded in the Popol Vuh, a squash takes the place of a head for one of the Hero Twins in the Xibalba ballgame. So, we find there are many reasons to study squash, gourds and pumpkins, especially as it pertains to the ancient and modern Maya of Mesoamerica.

Read more: Squash, Gourds, and Pumpkins

Beans of the Maya

Beans of the Maya Unexpected diversity in Guatemala FLAAR Reports Nicholas-Hellmuth for IMS 001

Dr Nicholas Hellmuth's report "Beans of the Maya" is now available to IMS members.  Subtitled "Unexpected diversity in Guatemala," the report explores the importance of beans in the Maya diet. The book features studies on white, black, red and rice beans.  

Please visit http://www.maya-ethnobotany.org/ to check out all the FLAAR reports on botanical research in the "Maya area."

 

Read more: Beans of the Maya

Flor de Muerto

Flor de Muerto Tagetes Maya Guatemala FLAAR Report for IMS 001

Dr Nicholas Hellmuth's article "Flor de Muerto Also for the Living: Marigolds in the Maya Diet" appeared in the November 2014 IMS Explorer (available as a PDF below). Now he has prepared a beautiful collection of pictures for IMS. This report is available by clicking on the image to the left to open in a new window.

Please visit http://www.maya-ethnobotany.org/ to check out all the FLAAR reports on botanical research in the "Maya area."

 

Read more: Flor de Muerto

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