Help K'iche Maya Priest & Day Keeper, Rigoberto Itzep Chanchavac
preserve Maya Tradition for the future of our Planet

Rigoberto Itzep Chanchovac is Kuiche Mayan Elder, Daykeeper and Priest is the director of Mayan Mission Wajshakib Batz of Momostenango, Guatemala. Momostenango is a Maya-Kiche village located in the Highlands of Guatemala, and continues to play an important role as a ceremonial center in the Maya-Kiche world. Rigoberto and many other Elders and Priests from Momostenango facilitate initiations with our Pilgrimages to help one understand our deep and intimate connection to the great creator. Ceremony with the elders fosters a deep reverence for all life. The Elders of Momostenango have retained 85% of their tradition making them a rare invaluable resource for those interested in Maya Cosmovision. Rigoberto offers Maya Destiny Readings, Traditional Kiche Ceremony and wisdom that goes way beyond books written about the Maya. Rigoberto can be reached on Facebook and FB messenger.

VIDEO on 2012 and the Mayan Calendar!
K'iche Maya Priest & Day Keeper, Rigoberto Itzep Chanchavac speaks to us about the prophesied Mayan calendar date Dec, 21st, 2012, and it's impact on mother Earth and humanity.
See 3 part video series at

YouTube of Mayan Ritual Calendar Festival called Wajshakib' B'atz in sacred alter site called Nima Sabal.
(film by old Maya pal Jim Reed - THANK YOU JIM)

By Rigoberto Itzep Chanchabac - Daykeeper - Ajkij Maya - Kiche

“In these simple lines I express my point of view about the Equinox.”

According to our experiences of the MAYA COSMOVISION, the time of the Equinox is the time of the astral commemoration when "Jun Wukub Ajp’ IX Balam Kij" descends into the underworld after his son who has beaten the owners of the underworld. We know very well that for the world or spiritual universe, there was a big battle before the spiritual, material world could take form. It was necessary, this big fight between the light and darkness. The Equinox is a signal that reminds us of that date for eternity, that moment, when the day has become longer than the night. We know the New Year has arrived and is a day of commemoration for the Haab. We call this day Nim Luj A Wasil Kij. It is the day our Grandfathers dreamed and expect to see the hero descend into the Underworld, in a shape like a pyramid, with his head decorated with many feathers, with all the colors of the rainbow. That was the beginning of the light. Since then our ancestors have built temples in the pyramid shape and this was the beginning of the tradition of temple building. But today, almost nobody knows about this historical event.

The Celebration of
WAJSHIKIB BATZ' in Momostenango

By Rigoberto Itzep Chanchabac (Daykeeper-Ajkij Maya-Kiche)

Momostenango is a Maya-Kiche village located in the Highlands of Guatemala, and have played an important role as a ceremonial center in the prehispanic Maya-Kiche group. Since remote time they kept their own Mayan Calendar like today. One of the most important date (in the spiritual path) is the wajshikib Batz’ Oj (8 Batz’= 8 weather or Thread, the first thread or the first day) this is the day of the initiation for the Daykeeper (Aj Kij) - The formation of the Aj Kij (Daykeeper Priest) has been preserved for centuries in the oral tradition of the Aj Kijab (priesthood). The Wajshikib Batz’ ceremony and altars are basic to the Maya-Kiche religion, synthesizing the spirits of the universal cosmic element such air, fire, earth, water. Divinities in the Nature that make a only one divinity, when our grandfathers said “JUYUP TAKAJ” (God World). In this way the people of Momostenango keep and preserve their practices of the sacred days of the Maya-Kiche Sacred Calender, every time when is WAJSHIKIB BATZ’, males and females, childrens and youths participate in their own shrines and rituals like they have to do it. “The Ritual New Year, Wajshikib Batz’, is when a person assumes his or her mission to be a Maya Priest (Ajkij) and is ordained."

The Mayan Ritual Calendar New Year Festival Wajshakib' B'atz

Wajshakib' B'atz (Eight Thread) is the most important holiday and festival in the K'iche Mayan ritual calendar. The 260 day ritual calendar (Tzolk'in) begins on the day Wajshakib' B'atz which means Eight Thread and is the holiest day in this cycle; it is the main date used to initiate new daykeepers. The new initiate is presented to the public for the first time on this date and given a Sacred Bundle, a hand-woven cloth bag containing red seeds and crystals called a Vara Sagrada; this Sacred Bundle symbolizes the new daykeeper's sacred mission and vocation, his or her spiritual power, ability and skill as a daykeeper/K'iche Maya spiritual guide. The red seeds in the cloth bag are used for divination readings; the apprentice daykeeper is taught an ancient system of divination based on the ritual calendar.

The initiation on the date Wajshakib' B'atz represents a union or marriage between the daykeeper's material form and his spiritual essence, between his physical existence and his spiritual mission in life. The initiates wear flower wreaths on their heads and flower necklaces to symbolize their marriage to their sacred spiritual mission and they also dance around the sacred ceremonial fire holding their Sacred Bundle as if they were dancing with a partner or new spouse. The Sacred Bundle is considered the first wife or first husband of the new initiate, their spiritual partner or spouse who comes first in their life.

The daysign B'atz means thread and represents the umbilical cord which is said to be composed of eight threads. The date Wajshakib' B'atz/Eight Thread has the energy and vibration of the daysign B'atz, Chuen in Yucatecan, and the number eight. B'atz is the first daysign in the order of the 20 daysigns in the K'iche Mayan ritual calendar. Some commonly-held meanings of the daysign B'atz are: weaving, movement, process, development, evolution, human evolution and development, time, unity, solidarity, sense of family and community, the infinity of time, the cycles of nature, cycles of time, the weaving of history by time and through time, initiation, a new beginning, a new cycle, new life, pregnancy and human gestation. The number eight and the daysign B'atz both represent the weaving of life, the thread of life and of time which also symbolizes a human lifetime, the umbilical cord and the sacred energies of birth. Eight also represents the human being and the human chain. All numbers are sacred symbols. A couple has eight limbs and they create a new life together; the new being develops in the mother via the umbilical cord which contains eight divisions and brings the developing infant nutrients and oxygen. The 260 days of the K'iche ritual calendar represent nine moon cycles [9x29=261] which symbolize the nine months of human gestation.

Momostenango, Guatemala has been a ceremonial center for over 1,000 years and is a Mecca of Mayan spirituality. The Mayan calendar is followed more closely there than in any other traditional Mayan community. Momostenango has many outdoor public altars and shrines at which Maya daykeepers, priests and community spiritual advisors do sacred ceremony; they are not only local people, but also many from other Mayan communities and tribes. Momostenango has been a place of pilgrimage for more than a thousand years. In addition to initiating and presenting new daykeepers on the date Wajshakib' B'atz, local and visiting Maya priests also do ceremonies for five days at five main public altars in the town, praying for their families, friends, colleagues, associates and the community as a whole.


Mision Maya Wajshakib Batz
[Mayan Mission 8 Thread] is led by the eminent spiritual guide Don Rigoberto Itzep Chanchavac and his family. [Mayan priests and day-keepers are refered to as "spiritual guides" in Guatemala] It sets forth the following objectives:

1. Develop Mayan education for the children of Mayan spiritual guides
2. Study K'iche' Mayan Cosmovision in depth with its rules and laws
3. Give lectures on Mayan culture
4. Promote intercultural exchanges

The Mayan school has been developing in my home since 1997. The goal of this school is to raise the awareness of children and youth in regard to the con- tents of Mayan Cosmovision. Instruction consists of Sunday classes from 9AM to 11AM beginning Feb 15th on the Mayan Calendar date "belejeb k'anil" [9 Seed] and ending in mid-November. Classes are held at Mision Maya headquarters and deal with the following topics: ancestral dances, music,ancestral medicine, handicrafts, etc. My main concern, above all, is the environment, ecology, the flora and fauna. I designed this program, along with the participating children and youth, for the purpose of generating these values and principles in the consciousness of future generations. My activity is well defined and thoroughly based on the principles of Mayan culture. For this reason, with my heart in my hand, I am asking economic support in the form of voluntary donations.

A school is being developed in very limited space, and are looking for a large lot to build a new school. There are a number of lots available for sale here, but the prices are beyond our means. I need a lot large enough for the children to study dances[ancestral Mayan dances] and so I'm asking support for this reason. At the same time, I have a plan to create a secondary school at the "educacion basica" level [8th, 9th and 10th grade] for the children of those same spiritual guides that would make Mayan values a priority. All the official schools in Momostenango have the goal of removing cultural values from the consciousness of children and youth; for these very reasons we are planning to create the new school and purchase a large lot.

Here is a list of the subjects and program content of the current school:
1. Reading and Writing the K'iche' Mayan Language
2. Mayan Calendar
3. Math, Numbers and Colors in K'iche'
4. Mayan History
5. Mayan Art
6. Spirituality, Cosmovision, Mythology
These are the subjects of the school's first four year stage of study.

This is the brief history of my activity. A thousand thanks for listening to me!

Rigberto Itzep and family

(Keep in mind a lot of this information may be out of date by now)

Rigoberto Itzep and his beautiful wife Maria and his children - taken in 1997

Initiation into the Mysteries of the Kiche Maya of Momostenango.
An article about an amazing experience in Momostenango with Rigoberto ~ by Aluna Joy

Children dancing at Tikal, ancient ancestral ritual dances / prayers.

Dancing under a huge snake costume, performing a very ancient ritual dance
"The dance of the serpent" This dance/ancient ritual was
depicted in Codices and ancient sculpture.

Rigo is teaching students about sacred ceremony and how to pray in this manner.

Students sitting in a circle on straw mats during a class on
Mayan spiritual traditions and the calendar. This manner of sitting on
straw mats in a circle for a class, meeting, conference,
etc. is an ancient Mayan tradition.
(Pop means straw mat).