David Byrne Journal
I am constantly reminding myself of what was happening in Europe while the classic Mayan civilization was at its height. Early middle ages, massive cathedrals being built as well as scattered walled cites. Learning and knowledge confined to proscribed sects – priests and alchemists. Little general exchange of information, goods or communication. The general population fairly well off and content as far as diet and health goes. (This contradicts what we were taught…but from reading the French historian Braudel he seemed to imply that daily life was O.K. – my sense is that there was some revisionism going on and the middle ages “the ‘dark’ ages” were the victim of Enlightenment propaganda.)
David Byrne is in Mexico and has been writing great entries to his journal.