Revue Magazine April 2021


This month we pay homage to the Maya of Guatemala. Our reach-out to photographers garnished an amazing array of thoughtful, engaging and interesting images. Here’s hoping you enjoy viewing them as much as we do.

As early as 1500 BCE the Maya had settled in villages and had developed agriculture based on the cultivation of corn, beans, and squash. They began to build ceremonial centres, and by 200 CE these had developed into cities containing temples, pyramids, palaces, courts for playing ball, and plazas. The ancient Maya quarried immense quantities of building stone (usually limestone), which they cut by using harder stones such as chert.

They practised mainly slash-and-burn agriculture, but they used advanced techniques of irrigation and terracing. They also developed a system of hieroglyphic writing and highly sophisticated calendrical and astronomical systems. The Maya made paper from the inner bark of wild fig trees and wrote their hieroglyphs on books made from this paper. Those books are called codices. The Maya also developed an elaborate and beautiful tradition of sculpture and relief carving. —

Also in this issue: Author Mark D. Walker introduces us to A.F. Tschiffely and his 10,000-mile journey through Latin America from 1925-1928, making him one of the most influential equestrian travel writers of his day – and – Chef Amalia introduces us to the flavorful Loroco flower and how to properly cook it.

We wish you an adventurous April.
— John & Terry Kovick Biskovich

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