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The Harp of the Maya

8 February 2012 No Comment

Today’s Belize Photo of the Day is the Maya Harp. The Maya Harp is beautifully hand crafted and was an integral part of the Maya society since it was used for religious and healing ceremonies and for cultural and entertainment purposes.

Belize Photo: Maya Harp

A customary instrument, the Maya Harp was regularly played in a typical Maya “band” accompanied by a four-string guitar and violin- each carefully assembled out of tropical hardwood such as mahogany or cedar. It is believed that the the songs which were sang with this instrument were composed by the gods centuries ago and the genre can still be heard throughout communities in Central America.

If you are a fan of historical artifacts and the Maya people of Belize, you can take a trip to the Natural History Centre located in Chaa Creek’s 365-acre private reserve for a closer look at some of the world’s most prized and valued possessions.

Photo taken by Naturalist Guide: Meshack Eliah


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