How to get to Yaxha

The mission of the Institute of Maya Studies, Inc. (IMS) is to educate the public on the Pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas, with an emphasis on the study of the Maya of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. The IMS was registered in Florida as a 501(c)3, not-for-profit educational organization, in 1972. Presently, IMS is a Community Partner of Miami-Dade College.

IMS has been providing public education for 47+ years, via their own members and invited professors from around the Americas.

IMS Explorer newsletter

The IMS produces a progressive and “cutting-edge” monthly newsletter illustrating important new archaeological discoveries throughout the Americas. Nicholas Hellmuth is a frequent contributor.

IMS Zoom Presentations

Each month, the IMS invites known scholars in the field of Pre-Columbian studies to share their findings on relevant topics. September 16, 8 pm: Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli with a program titled: “The Holmul Kingdom and the Rise of a Maya Empire”. October 21, 8 pm: IMS newsletter editor Jim Reed presents “Maximón: Maya Cultural Hero in the Navel of the World”.

Maximon is a remarkable survival of aspects of Classic Maya religion with Highland Maya traits since then. Maximon has some traits of the Merchant God (God L), such as enjoying smoking cigars.

Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli is an experienced field archaeologist and frankly has rescued Holmul (brought it’s importance back to the world through his project).

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First posted September 2020

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