The temazcal has its origins in Mesoramerica, the composition of the word temazcal comes from the Nahuatl word “temazcalli”, (temaz-sudor, calli-casa); its literal translation would be “sweat house”. The Temazcal is a represen ...
The temazcal has its origins in Mesoramerica, the composition ofthe word temazcal comes from the Nahuatl word “temazcalli”, (temaz-sudor, calli-casa); its literal translation would be “sweat house”. The Temazcal is a representation of the womb of mother earth, and it seeks reconnection with it, the people participating in this ceremony enter it as a representation of entering the womb of mother earth and therefore has the shape of a “dome ”With small dimensions representing the mother’s womb.
The copal is commonly used during the ceremony to purify and as an offering to the gods.The temazcal serves as a therapy for physical and spiritualills in some ceremonies, the use of medicinal plants is also used. During the ceremony The guide or “temazcalero” uses herbs to “call the steam”, while he chants traditional prayers or songs of the temazcal and at the same time he splashes the stones with water.
The essence of the temazcal and its importance lies in the fact that it has been used by various cultures of Mesoamerica for medicinal purposes of detoxification through sweating and expectoration by the vapors generated by the infusions of medicinal plants.
The temazcal as a therapeutic and spiritual means
The relaxation that is generated in the temazcal, allows people introspection, reflection, and this energetic movement in the body allows thoughts to be purified and the mind to regenerate.
Taking a temazcal bath has many benefits for the mind, body, and spirit, hence it is linked to the idea of ”purification”, this because, if the body is clean, the thought is the same. The Mesoamerican peoples associated it with the Tezcatlipoca concept, related to the smoke that comes out of the embers with which the stones of the temazcal are heated.
Taking a temazcal ceremony is very revitalizing and helps to regenerate body and soul by getting in touch with nature through the four elements, the boiling water, the steam that you breathe, the soil that connects you with the earth and the fire that is used to heat the stones that are placed in the center of the temazcal to evaporate the water, all these elements are present during the temazcal andare part of the heritage of pre-Hispanic traditions that are also present in the Riviera Maya.