Sunday, July 24, 2016

The crocodile

Jade is one of Guatemala's natural resources.  We met a man in Parque Central on day who was selling jade jewelry.  He showed us this piece he had and pointed out the color variation from dark to light.

When we walked over to the jade museum we learned that jade found in Guatemala comes in a variety of colors and shades - white, lavender, green, and black. The Mayans attached meaning to each color. White is for children, lavender for love, and black for strength.

They also looked up our Mayan astrological symbols. I am a rabbit. Kyle is a woodpecker. And Nana is a monkey.  Grace's astrological sign is called "Imox" (/ee-mosh/) - the crocodile.

The crocodile symbolizes beginnings.  Crocodiles are clever, creative, assertive, and full of energy. Crocodiles are likely to be the first to initiate new projects, make changes, or take a stand. They have outstanding protective instincts and make great caretakers.

Photos were taken at Frida's Mexican restaurant, named after the artist Frida Kahlo.  

1 comment:

Nana said...

Grace looks as pretty as Frida's paintings!!!