I discovered hammocks about five years ago when I visited the
Yucatan peninsula. Mayan Territory. I had always thought of
hammocks as those tippy things with a bar at both ends and a net in
the middle. Not very trustworthy, and while comfortable for a mid-
afternoon nap, they would hurt your back after about an hour.
When I left the Americanized city of Cancun, however, I discovered
that just about everyone in that part of Mexico sleeps full time in a
hammock. They didn't use the bar at each end, because it makes the
hammock tippy and uncomfortable. They also don't pull the hammock
I have several great pictures from the trip that shows true Mayan
indians, (some of which still don't speak Spanish) sleeping or
resting in their hammocks. They hang the hammocks from beams in the
ceiling of their homes (about 7 1/2 feet high) and let them droop
down to about three feet.
When they sleep, they do so at an angle, so that their heads and
their feet are level, with only a slight dip for their, um, middle
I bought a hammock on the spot, and brought it home. I put it up on
posts that hold up the roof on my back porch. We spend several years
of bliss rocking in that hammock. My wife nursed both of my boys in
it, and we let both boys drift off to sleep many a afternoon nap in
Eventually, it gave in to the weather, and had to be replaced. I
wouldn't trade the memories for anything. I have a solid
fabric "Speer" hammock now, and I hang it in the traditional mayan
fashion. I've spent many nights out in it, covered by a tarp, and
lots of sunny days, swinging in the breeze. The only difference in
the two is that I didn't want to spend a week or more stringing the
three miles of string that would be required to make a full sized
(double) mayan hammock. Otherwise, they work the same way.
I've even built a hammock stand for the yard, and for camping where
there aren't any trees. I used two pairs of eight foot bamboo poles,
tied in a tall X, where the crossing point is about a foot from the
top end. Stake down one end, and hook the hammock to the other, and
If I could get the wife to give up the King Sized bed, I'd move it
out in a minute. Some battles aren't worth fighting, though.
Welcome to the world of Hammock Fanatics, you're in good company.
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, Christina Moon <moonpi@i...>
> Hi Folks,
> I have two Mayan hammocks and don't want to go buy another hammock
> camping. Has anyone got any particular tips to share about Mayan
> camping, or is Mayan hammock camping forbidden?
> Blessed Be the Peacemakers!
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> May your Mind be filled with Wisdom.
> May your Eyes be filled with Beauty.
> May your Soul be filled with Peace.
> May your Heart be filled with Love.
> May we ALL live in a State of Grace.
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> ~~Christina Moon