Lignes Communes



         The Mayan civilization, old like the world, has evaporated keeping its mysteries. The veracity of his prophecies also remains ambiguous.


      However, there had existed a work which fuels the assumptions: The Popol Wuh, the "Book of the Community" or even "Book of the Council". It is a sort of Mayan "Bible" whose content, dating back to the pre-Columbian period, relates the origin of the world and more particularly of the Quiché people, one of the many Mayan ethnic groups, whose center of influence is was located in the western part of present-day Guatemala.


      The Mayan traditions being surely transmitted orally, the researchers concluded that the writing of this work did not date from the pre-Columbian era but rather from 1554, that is to say about thirty since the arrival of the Spaniards in Central America.

      How should we study a story when you doubt its origins?


       Only evidence and physical traces can justify its progress. And if it is impossible for me to write the last chapter, I have been able to testify to its beginning.


       This series of photographs explores the vestiges of a civilization which, without disappearing, continued to irradiate entire countries with its codes and knowledge.

       Do its heirs find their place in this modern society?

Enclosed in the center of the American balance, the ancient Mayan territory is today open to all influences: the Pan-American highway is the main vein.


    These photos are in a way an inventory of the situation of these people who, frightened by the passage of time, have managed to survive in this environment, however hostile.

  There more than elsewhere, traditions and modernism face each other. The authenticity of what lends itself to be seen is then questionable.

© 2016 - Ronan Le Floc'h