A Maya Story

Trip Start May 15, 2011
Trip End Jun 06, 2011

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Flag of Guatemala  , Quetzaltenango,
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

   This is a small "Indigenes" village located at the base of a mountainside. San Andres Xecul is most known for its brightly painted church and Maya altar where traditional rituals can still be observed. Locals also dye thread and wool; which can be seen drying on rooftops, and weave typical materials.

    When we went there ... It was an excited drive. First we took an "autobus de pollo" and then we took a "Camioneta". Luckily it was good weather, because you just stand outside. 

    The village itself is very beautiful and the church is the picture that you always see when it goes over the Maya culture.
But the other side of the beauty is that there is a lot of poverty. The local population goes out to cut wood, with the result that there are almost no more trees and when it rains there are regular mudflows and a lot of erosion.
They have only one well for water and it happens often that there is a bacteria in it so that the whole population gets infected. 

    We also went into a house where we had a brief history about the saint "San Simón, protector de los borrachos ". Off course we had to pay an entrée, but that was only 5 Q. San Simon known as Maximon by the Indians, is a famous Guatemalan tradition and its origins is unknown. San Simon is an actual Guatemalan God and a big part of the population believe in it, but they keep this tradition a secret, so be discrete to ask. This is really Guatemala voodoo. I was lucky they allowed me to take photos but apparently they sometimes even refuse tourist to see their San Simón.

    When we were on the top of the village there was just a ceremony and the "Sarcerdote" (A Local Shaman) explained us a little bit of the Mayan history. First when you are born, you are born under a star: (La estrella) Each day stands for a star and each star is supported by an animal. That animal will decide what you will do the rest of your live. So for example if you are born under the star of a serpent you never can become a midwife.
    Our return was again first with the "Camioneta", and then with the "autobus de pollo". Our Way back was as excitement as the way to there.


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