Making of the Mayan Hammock –El viaje a los pueblos


Any story of the Mayan hammock begins with the land, pressed flat by the hot hand of God, washed by hurricanes and tropical storms. It is a land constructed of rocks and burnt red dirt, covered with such vegetation as can survive the brutal conditions of intense heat and poor soil. The ancestors of the Maya appear to have crossed the Bering Straits from Mongolia, and found ways to adapt to their new home land. The particular adaptation that is the focus of this story is the hamaca, or hammock, which is a wondrous invention that has become one of the defining products of this great people and their land.