Until very recently we conceived the indigenous nations of America as basic, ignorant and submissive groups of people. What we heard from our teachers in the school enriched this perspective and led us to think that these "less evolved" beings had been "dominated" mainly by the "superiority" of the "conquerors.
The images installed in our minds through the stories of our teachers led us to see handfuls of men, women and children almost naked, with primitive customs struggling to survive through basic discoveries. Of course we wondered how they had managed to build the great pyramids in the middle of the jungle, but the explanation was always based on the fact that "for them, the world beyond was so important, that they focused community work on building, during a lifetime, the tombs of their rulers. " We clearly saw beings who had no other purpose in life than to build a pyramid. From the perspective of viewing them as primitive and totally ignorant, this made some kind of sense.
However, the story told by the natives is totally different. When we have the opportunity to sit quietly listening to grandmothers and grandparents, narrating what they learned from their own grandparents through detailed stories, sometimes told in whispers and sometimes in states of exaltation, the perspective changes.
Recalling what I learned in childhood about the so-called "epoch of conquest," a question always arose in me: How could it be possible that a handful of foreigners, arriving in lands they did not know, would defeat millions of human beings who lived in the area, who were adapted to the climate; to food, to animals?
I heard many versions that give an explanation to this question. Some say that the firearms carried by the invaders made the big difference. Others that the diseases, typical of Europe, that were unknown in the area, quickly decimated the native population. Some say that internal wars between nations were used to "divide and conquer".
All this is possible. However, what their worldview tells is totally different:
It is said that the ancestors who lived at that time, knew perfectly well that a change would be made for humanity. According to the prophecy of Tiku, the day Hernán Cortés set foot on American soil, began what the grandparents call the "cycle of the nine hells" or "the great night" (Bolom Tiku), which represents a cycle of nine periods of 52 years in which humanity had to go through a stage of obscurantism, necessary for its development.
The Bolom Tiku allows humanity to grow technologically and learn from the material world. This cycle alternates sequentially with a series of 13 cycles of 52 years, known as "cycle of the thirteen heavens" (Oxlajuj Tikú) that brings harmony to human beings and that allows an awakening on a spiritual level.
An Inheritance that
we can't deny