Posts Tagged ‘Santa Cruz La Laguna’

Holy Monday Around Lake Atitlán: Washing Maximon’s Clothes

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Holy Monday - Washing Maximon's clothes © Meghan Eckman

This year, Maximón is housed at San Antonio cofradía. Each year during Holy Week, Maximón is dismembered, his clothes are washed, a new mask is carved, and he is reassembled again. The traditionalist Maya interpret the time of Christ’s death as a time when Maximón is reborn.

On the Monday of Holy Week each year, known as Holy Monday, the cofradía that houses Maximón collects the clothes that Maximón has worn throughout the year. They march in procession, carrying washing stones and Maximon’s clothes to Lake Atitlan, where his clothes are ritually washed, thus cleansing the clothes of the sins confessed to Maximón throughout the year. It is interesting to note that while women typically do the washing in Guatemala, on this day – it is only men who are allowed to wash Maximon’s clothes.

Text and photos by Meghan Eckman

Esperando Lancha

Friday, February 17th, 2012
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People from Santa Cruz La Laguna are waiting for the boat to go to San Marcos La Laguna; a normal day for them.

Personas de Santa Cruz La Laguna esperan lancha para trasladarse a San Marcos La Laguna, un día normal para ellos.

Children of the Lake

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012


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The children in the picture are from Santa Cruz La Laguna. I said hello and they told me, “take me a picture” and the photographs came out very well in my humble opinion.

by José Moreno / Flickr

Mirador, Santa Cruz La Laguna

Monday, February 13th, 2012
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Anteriormente aqui había un pequeño mirador, le eh visitado por casi 3 años consecutivos, pero, desde el año pasado que lo remodelaron colocando estas bancas, y trabajando un poco a su alrededor, tambien a pocos metros de este lugar se encuentra un lugar para realizar ceremonias mayas.

Es un excelente lugar para visitar y apreciar el imponente y hermoso, "Lago de Atitlán"

Contribución por: José Moreno

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