Traditional Mayan Rituals & Ceremonies at Viceroy
The word Temazcal originates from the Aztec, “calli”, meaning house, and “temas”, meaning vapor or steam. The structure, made from mortar and stone, is symbolic of Mother Nature’s womb. Through the use of steam and healing herbs, the Temazcal ceremony purifies the body and the spirit.
The stones, from which the Temazcal is built, represent generations of grandmothers who embody the knowledge of the Earth. They invite us to reflect on the past, as experiencing the Temazcal ritual is an opportunity to free ourselves from that which we no longer need in our lives and allows us to live holly in the present.
The natural elements brought together in the Temazcal are:
- Water—symbolizing blood, fluids and emotions
- Earth—the body and physical matter represented by the Temazcal itself
- Air—aromatic steam as our life’s energy and breath
- Fire—the embodiment of the spirit through hot volcanic stone
We recommend that you:
- Wear a sarong or bathing suit free of zippers, metal clasps or buttons
- Do not wear jewelry to the ceremony
- Eat only a light meal before the ceremony, and avoid all food two hours before the ceremony
Do not participate in the Temazcal ceremony if you suffer from any of the following: heart conditions, high or low blood pressure, epilepsy, if you are pregnant, or if you have an open wound or intense sunburn.
We invite you to participate in this therapeutic, relaxing and mystical journey. Designed to stimulate balance between life, spirit and nature by integrating the spiritual well-being and serenity in the traditional spa experience. The only place to restore and improve the harmony in your own world.
Mayan Wedding Ceremony (Mayan Kamnikte Ceremony)
This heartfelt ritual is a unique Mayan ceremony performed by our Shaman, who following the rites of tradition. The ceremony begins with purification ritual, addressing himself to the four cardinal points of the Earth and asking permission to bless the union of the couple with love,peace and abundance.
Following sacred customs, the bride is dressed in a traditional handmade Mayan wedding gown and the groom wears white linen Guayabera—both symbols of a new beginning, and the renewal of love and commitment shared by two people.
As the ceremony comes to an end, the couple makes of gift of fresh flower petals to the sea, asking that their dreams and hopes for their union be fulfilled.
The ceremony is performed in the Mayan dialect and guidance is given in English.