I am One With the Jaguar

MAYAN SPELLS AND POEMS

This series of Spells and poems are based on the Mayan language which used logograms complemented with a set of syllabic glyphs. The process begins with a meditation session to reveal a vision/message for each piece then I create the artwork. They are either on Paper Clay or canvases which are painted first then embroidered. On the back of each piece is the English translation of the poems or stories which only the artist knows.

The Kalomte , embroidery and oil paint on cotton 36 x 36 inches. This is found in the Jaguar Stones books. It’s a battle between two brothers for the power of the Jaguar Kingdom.

This is based on the story of the Kaloomte’ Bahlam – Kaloomteʼ Bahlam, also known as Curl Head, who was an ajaw or lord of the Maya city of Tikal. He took the throne in c. 511. He co-ruled with a Lady of Tikal.  This is the story of “Lord 6 Dog, Holy Lord of the Jaguar Kingdom – the Kalomte’, battled against Lord Tzelek his younger brother”

This is from the Jaguar Stone Books – This is the story of The Kaloomte’ Bahlam who battled his younger brother Lord Tzelek for control. 

“Permission”, Clay, paint, marker, wood, dirt, snake plants and caulk, 2020. 

In this sculpture, I am materializing a vision from Chichaan asking the Mayan Gods God A and God L for permission to use my hands in the underworld and the afterlife. I honor and sacrifice them in this lifetime so when I transition into the afterlife through the cave, I can have access to them. There are two original spells I wrote, one on each hand. To decipher them, start with the right hand (your left) from top to bottom then the same for the left hand ending in the knuckles. To achieve this spell, I first wear a transformation mask and set up the scene for a heavy meditation session to access this vision. The vision doesn’t always come so sometimes you have to do this a few times which is exhausting. The vision is first written in English or Spanish then it’s then translated using the accordinate Mayan glyphs and placed on the sculpture with a ritual ceremony which was performed in my studio. 

Jamie Martinez art

The Kaloomte + Lady of Tikal, 2019, Paperclay, ink and thread, approx. 12″ x 8″.

The Kaloomte’ Bahlam, 2019, Paperclay, ink and thread, approx. 10″ x 7″.

Kalo’mte’ Ix Yo K’in (“Lady of Tikal“) – AD 511-527. Co-ruled with Kaloomte’ B’alam, possibly as consort. 

This is based on the story of the Kaloomte – Kaloomteʼ Bahlam, also known as Curl Head, was an ajaw or lord of the Maya city of Tikal. He took the throne on c. 511. He co-ruled with a Lady of Tikal. 

Lady of Tikal, also known as Woman of Tikal (September 1, 504 – after c. 527), was a queen of the Mayan city of Tikal. She took the throne on April 19, 511 and reigned until about 527.