CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY

Oscar, Edwin and Mariano from the El Naranjal community produce honey. When not taking care of their bees, they attend school and play guitar.

Maya heritage and traditional ceremonies are of great importance for them.

The ceremonies highlight the rich traditions of Maya communities so that other people can get to know them and share the knowledge..

These ceremonies are attached to the cycles of production in las milpas (corn fields), along with beekeeping. Traditional Maya ceremonies are significant because Maya people ask for permission for the trees to grow, to spread and in that way they conserve biodiversity.

“For me, nature is the trees, the water, the land, the animals. If there are no trees, the bees do not have where to get the honey from.  If there are no trees, there are no bees. If there are no bees, there is no food. For me, it’s like we are dying, too. I ask all of you out there to respect the indigenous people’s ways of life and to have conscience because nature is alive. If nature turns into money, we cannot eat it as it is said. I am happy with what I am doing here with my brothers; doing organic beekeeping. It is my passion.”