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Mayan Daily Life

THE CULT OF MAXIMÓN

Although of unknown origin, Maximón could possibly be the reincarnation of a Maya god, Mam, who also was represented as a wooden doll dressed in human garb, and symbolically offered food.
By Erika Mendoza

   
THE PASSION OF GUATEMALA

For many centuries Guatemala has been and continues to be a country of Catholics. Their Catholic beliefs evolved from 16th century Spanish missionaries and ancient Maya practices creating a mix of Christianity and ancestral paganism.
By Beatriz Martí

   
SONGS OF THE SOUTH

"Jungle becomes melody, woods singing with a woman's voice," says a popular song describing the marimba, undoubtedly the best-known musical instrument of the Mundo Maya.
By David Díaz Gómez

   
LORDS OF THE CLOUDS

Heirs of ancient cities lost to the jungle, the Tzotzil men and women are distinguishable for their genuine pride and their firm, defying gaze.
By David Díaz Gómez

   
IN GARIFUNA LAND

Dangriga, the most important coastal city in southern Belize, is home to the Garifuna people, a mix between Caribbean Indians and Africans that arrived in the region four centuries ago.
By Sharon Van Bramer

 
THE FIESTA GRANDE
Chiapa de Corzo is the most ancient colonial city in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, and hosts a grand mestizo celebration.
By David Díaz Gómez
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THE DAY OF THE DEAD
November, for the Mundo Maya, is when the dead return from the Nether world, to reunite with their relatives on Earth.
By Beatriz Martí
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NEBAJ, A FAR-FLUNG CORNER OF THE SIERRA
In the heart of Quiche, were the majority of Guatemala's indigenous peoples dwell, there is a place where time seems to stand still.
By Leonor López
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