I took the image above recently at the new Gran Museo del Mundo Maya or Grand Museum of the Mayan World that opened in September 2012 in the city of Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. This spectacular venue celebrates the history, cultures, spirituality, and geography of the Mayab, the land of the ancient and contemporary Maya. Depicted in the photo is a statue of a Maya man using a traditional conch shell horn to summon visitors to the museum. The innovative museum building in the background is modeled after a giant Ceiba tree, which was sacred to the ancient Maya and a symbol of their complex cosmology. The Ceiba tree's roots reach deep into the nine levels of the Mayan Underworld, and its branches extend into the realms of the gods.You will find this image and numerous others of the museum and its exhibits in my Gran Museo del Mundo Maya gallery.