Maya Spirituality reflects the enduring nature of Maya culture, with a focus on spirituality. The paintings and objects depict the ways in which religious beliefs guide everyday life and healing, the traditional forms of dress worn, how the ancient calendrical system is still influential in healing ceremonies, and the many ways in which historic beliefs and traditions have been melded with those introduced by the Spanish conquest.
Visitors to the Latin America and the Caribbean exhibits will experience an overview of the area’s geography, early cultures, history, colonization, ecology, resources, religion, education systems, and arts. Beautiful photography and objects enrich the visit, as well as demonstrate the vitality and incredible diversity that exists within this vast region.
The Presencia de América Latina mural was created by Mexican artist Jorge González Camarena in 1965. His acrylic painting on stucco fills the entrance hall lobby of the Casa de Arte (House of Art) of the Universidad de Concepción in Concepción, Chile. Following the devastating 9.5 earthquake and tsunamis in 1960 that caused widespread destruction in Chile and Pacific coastal areas, Mexico provided assistance for the reconstruction of the Casa de Arte and commissioned the painting of the mural.