Integrated TRADITIONAL Medicines
Peace Education for Better Health
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Fermin Gomez, Guatemala

Mr. Gomez was born in 1942 in San Francisco El Alto in Guatemala. Mr. Gomez is a Mayan Priest and spiritual and cultural leader in many Mayan communities in Guatemala. He has contributed over the past 30 years to rescuing cultural and spiritual ancestral Mayan knowledge and wisdom that includes tradicional and alternative medicine. From 1984-1985, he was part of the commission that drafted the new Constitution for Guatemala. He was key in incorporating an Article in the Constitution that protects Indigenous Cultural and Spirituality that was passed in 1989. From 1985 to 1991, he was Deputy to the Guatemalan Congress and has been an active member of the Guatelama Indigenous Rights Commission. He founded the organization: “Movimiento, Accion y Resistencia” Movement, Action and Resistance. He is the coordinator of the Mayan Priests of the Western and Southern Region of Guatemala. He has served ad honorem as director or member of the Reforestation Committee of the Mountains of San Francisco and of the Potable Water Committee of the Maya de la Cienaga Community. Mr. Gomez is an active spiritual counselor in Guatemala and also serves as spiritual and cultural guide to many international fora. From 1987 to 2004, he has been invited numerous times at the United Nations to discuss issues of indigenous rights both in Geneva and in New York. In 1990, he was the guest of honor in an international ceremony carried out in Machupichu, Peru. In 1993, he was invited to participate in the Instituto of Europe-Latin America Relations to discuss Human Rights issues in Central America. In 2003, he was elected member of the Elders Council for the American Continent at an international event organized by the University of Guadalajara in Chalapa, Jalisco, Mexico.

Title of his talk: Alternative Medicine in the Context of Mayan Spirituality - Union between Mother Nature, Human Beings
and Spirituality

Mr. Gomez in his clear and captivating communications skills will provide an overview of the Mayan Spirituality illustrating how it has contributed to the Harmony and Peace within each individual and to the collective. He will explain how Mayan Spirituality honors Nature and Women as the foundation for a healthy society. He will also explain how the ceremonies that he performs helps healing individual and collective ailments and imbalances.