Previously on Mexico Time Patrol. The year is 1978. I’m taking a summer course in Maya Anthropology in Mérida, Yucatán…
Human sacrifice knife. The blade is in obsidian, a volcanic mineral, that can be made as sharp as glass. Museum of Anthropology, 1978.
Elégante in the streets of Mérida, wearing the traditional huipil or dress, with a shawl draped on the shoulders. For cooler nights. Under 85 degrees. (c) unknown.
From my stamp collection days.
The netherworld… Museum of Anthropology, 1978.
Breaking up? Mérida 1978.
Precolombian, c. 1100 AD, Museum of Anthropology, 1978.
Postcolombian. 17th century? Mérida, Yucatán, 1978.
Rehearsing the end of term school dance, Mérida 1978. Girls and boys alike, even in those days. Try to do it at home with a tray and bottles. Empty bottles preferably. The boy on the right is cheating: only one bottle.
“Up! Up! With the arms.” Teacher is on the left, checking alignment.
(To every season) Turn, turn, turn!
Casa Montejo, Mérida, 1978. Mid 1500’s.
Casa Montejo, façade detail…
“María”, Mérida, 1978. María is one of my favourite characters. She imposed herself to me in the first novel I wrote, Iguana. A genius child, she appears in many subsequent stories. This little girl in Mérida is how I see her.
Captain and crew thank you again for hopping on Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle. Until next flight, be safe…