During  Semana Santa,  or the Holy Week before Easter, the majority indigenous Tz’utijil community of Santiago Atitlán fills the streets with processions, festivities, and rituals honoring both Jesus and the controversial Maya deity and patron saint Maximón. Good Friday represents the culmination of the syncretic traditions that blend modern and ancient indigenous life and tradition with Catholicism in the indigenous stronghold of Santiago Atitlán. This story was covered for  Comvite Magazine  and  Everyday Guatemala .

During Semana Santa, or the Holy Week before Easter, the majority indigenous Tz’utijil community of Santiago Atitlán fills the streets with processions, festivities, and rituals honoring both Jesus and the controversial Maya deity and patron saint Maximón. Good Friday represents the culmination of the syncretic traditions that blend modern and ancient indigenous life and tradition with Catholicism in the indigenous stronghold of Santiago Atitlán. This story was covered for Comvite Magazine and Everyday Guatemala.

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 During  Semana Santa,  or the Holy Week before Easter, the majority indigenous Tz’utijil community of Santiago Atitlán fills the streets with processions, festivities, and rituals honoring both Jesus and the controversial Maya deity and patron saint Maximón. Good Friday represents the culmination of the syncretic traditions that blend modern and ancient indigenous life and tradition with Catholicism in the indigenous stronghold of Santiago Atitlán. This story was covered for  Comvite Magazine  and  Everyday Guatemala .
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During Semana Santa, or the Holy Week before Easter, the majority indigenous Tz’utijil community of Santiago Atitlán fills the streets with processions, festivities, and rituals honoring both Jesus and the controversial Maya deity and patron saint Maximón. Good Friday represents the culmination of the syncretic traditions that blend modern and ancient indigenous life and tradition with Catholicism in the indigenous stronghold of Santiago Atitlán. This story was covered for Comvite Magazine and Everyday Guatemala.

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