Posts Tagged ‘religión’


Monday, July 7th, 2014

Maximón is a deity worshiped by followers of Mayan religions.
The exact origin of the cult to Maximón is unclear, but it seems to be an adaptation of a Pre-Columbian Mayan Mam deity to the Christian Judas Iscariot.




Monday, May 19th, 2014

Guatemala has a very religious population.  This religiosity is present everywhere, when you ride a chicken bus, often you’ll have someone preaching on the bus, when you ride the metro system you are handed material with religious connotations by municipality personel.



Semana Santa

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Semana Santa, Holy Week is areound the corner and this qould be a common sight here on the streets of Guatemala.


Deo optimo maximo

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Many people walk by this church all the time and maybe they don’t know that one of the messages that are part of it refers to Roman mythology. The phrase “Deo Optimo Maximo” means “to the greatest and best god” referring to the god Jupiter who had the same role as Zeus in Greek mythology.

Why is this message on the church? Basically, when the Roman Empire adopted Christianity the phrase changed to “To God, most good, most great”, even after the fall of the Empire the use of Latin lasted for long time so this phrase appears in other Renaissance churches.

Probablemente mucha gente camina por esta iglesia sin saber que uno de los mensajes que se encuentran en ella hace referencia a la Mitología Romana. La frase “Deo Optimo Maximo” significaba: Para el más grande y mejor dios, haciendo referencia a Júpiter que ocupaba el mismo papel de Zeus en la mitología griega.

¿Por qué está el mensaje en una iglesia? Básicamente por la adopción del cristianismo por parte del Imperio Romano, aún despúes de la caída del mismo, el uso del latín se prolongó por mucho tiempo, de modo que la frase se puede encontrar también en muchas otras iglesias renacentistas.