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Spirits of the Jaguar

By David Johanssen

For a thousand years the Maya ruled the jungles of southern Mexico and Central America. They built huge cities and enormous pyramids that vaulted hundreds of feet into the skies. Then, seemingly in an instant, the Maya Empire collapsed, leaving thousands of elegant stone carvings hidden in the region’s lush tropical forests. Even today, the ancient monuments are being discovered.

Documentary and Discussion
Spirits of the Jaguar: Forests of the Maya
Sat, May 16, 5pm
50 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
Secrets of Mexico’s Drug War
Tue, May 19, 5pm
50 pesos (English subtitles)

Live Music
Open Mic
Tue, May 19, 7:30pm
30 pesos (includes drink)

Documentary and Discussion
Illuminati of Bavaria
Thu, May 21, 3pm
50 pesos
All events in:
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

The Maya believed that gods, who added their own blood to flour made from corn, created them. Thus, they were children of the corn, along with gods personified by the fierce jaguar and the life-giving rain. They worshiped the jaguar that is said to have the ability to cross between worlds. For the Maya daytime and nighttime represented two different worlds. The living and the earth are associated with the day, and the spirit world is associated with the night.

Join us for a documentary and discussion of the Maya civilization, Saturday, May 16, at 5pm: Spirits of the Jaguar: Forests of the Maya. Ancient Maya depended on the forest for sustenance and spiritual inspiration. 50 pesos.

Tuesday May 19, at 5pm, join us for a documentary and discussion as we present Secrets of Mexico’s Drug War. “This World” investigates the American authorities’ relationship with the biggest and most powerful criminal organization in the world, a multi-billion dollar international corporation with franchises in 58 countries. Despite its leader’s arrest, the cartel is still enjoying extraordinary success. 50 pesos.

Tuesday, May 19, at 7:30pm Open Mic. You don’t need to perform, but if you want your 10 minutes of fame, then this is the place for you! Regulars call it the “Cheers bar” of San Miguel. You can do anything you want for 10 minutes, as long as you are absolutely riveting. 30 pesos (includes drink).

Thursday, May 21, at 3pm, join us for a documentary and discussion on the Illuminati of Bavaria. They conspire to control world affairs by masterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations in order to gain political power and to establish a “New World Order.” The Illuminati are lurking in the shadows, pulling the strings of presidents, governments, and banking consortiums. 50 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardín. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming films and events. Taxi concierge service available to/from Teatro Shelter.


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