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The Fall of the Maya

Royal Maya Massacre

By David Johanssen

The decline of the Maya civilization is a gruesome story of environmental devastation, politics, sex, and murder. Archaeologists have discovered the scene of a royal massacre in the ancient city of Cancuén in Guatemala, once one of the richest cities in the Maya empire. The bones of 31 executed and dismembered Maya nobles were found in a sacred reservoir. Researchers also found a shallow grave nearby containing the skeletons of two people they believe were the king and queen.

Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth, part 3
Fri, Aug 7, 5pm
50 pesos

The Legend of El Chapo
Sat, Aug 8, 5pm
50 pesos

The Royal Maya Massacre
Tue, Aug 11, 5pm
50 pesos

Live Music
Open Mic
Tue, Aug 11, 7:30pm
30 pesos (includes drink)

Bolivian Folk: Arias Marcelo
Thu, Aug 13, 7:30pm
150 pesos

Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth, part 4
Fri, Aug 14, 5pm
50 pesos

Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

Arthur Demarest, who led the research team that made the discovery, has studied the collapse of the Maya civilization for 20 years. He exclaims, “The massacre site is by far the most important thing we have ever found!”

On Tuesday, August 11 at 5pm, join us for a documentary and discussion on the Maya civilization, as we present The Royal Maya Massacre. “The massacre is an exceptionally dramatic example of the violence marking the end of royal court life and divine kingship in classic Maya civilization.” 50 pesos.

Friday, August 7, 5pm: Shelter presents Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth. This episode is titled “The First Storytellers.” Animal envoys have informed our mythologies from the earliest times. To Joseph Campbell, these stories are powerful guides to the life of the spirit. 50 pesos.

Tuesday, August 11, 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).

In concert Thursday, August 13, 7:30pm: Bolivian Folk: Arias Marcelo. This duo is a collaboration between Bolivian singer-songwriter Marcelo Arias and American bassist and composer Jeffrey Kipperman. Marcelo grew up listening to Bolivian folk, a tradition that he later immersed himself in as a founder of the Bolivian group Quimbando. 150 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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