Posts Tagged ‘society’

Corruption

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

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How would you react if the private secretary of the Vice-President was involved (allegedly of course) in a criminal organization? (more…)

Guatemala’s Mass Neutering

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

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Having pets neutered might be too costly for an average Guatemalan.
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Guatemalan Gaming Spot

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

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Gaming places like this one are common sight on Guatemalan neighborhoods.

Reviving Cuatro Grados Norte

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

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Cuatro Grados Norte (Four Degrees North) used to be a very prominent area of Guatemala City.
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Gated Communities

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

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Guatemalan middle class has found sanctuary living within gated communities.
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The Guatemalan Genius

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Necessity is the mother of all inventions,
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Guatemala’s Albañil

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

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Guatemala’s albañil, construction worker.
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Pasos y Pedales

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Pasos y Pedales
Pasos y Pedales is an activity organized by Guatemala City’s Municipality and its has been implemented in other towns and municipalities.
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Maximón

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.

Maximón

Maximón

A Guatemalan Wedding

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Guatemalan Modern Society does not show many traces of an independently developed culture, many of the religious rituals, celebrations, etc. are offspring of the colonizers. When you attend a Guatemalan birthday, a graduation, a wedding, you’ll feel like it could be in any European, Western country; the music, the food, the ambiance: true, in Guatemala City, middle class Guatemalans rather sign the happy birthday song in English.
I’m glad there are the indigenous people who refuse to leave their customs.
They’ll attend a wedding wearing their regional güipil (Mayan Dress), despite the rest of the attendees wearing formal Westernized clothing.
I attended a wedding this last Saturday and I was a witness to this cultural phenomena, and in fact, I saw an elderly man carrying his belongings in a “Sute” a large colorful fabric that wraps around them.
If it wasn’t for these little details, many times unnoticed, the even’t would’t have had that Guatemalan touch.

Keeping Guatemalan Fit

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Local municipalities have implemented these free aerobics classes on the barrios and neighborhoods of Guatemala City.  Instructors use local parks, they show up six days a week and usually start at 5am and the sessions last about two hours.
How’s yout local government keeping you  fit.

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Tight Security

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Security measures are very tight here in Guatemala.
Most (all?) formal business usually have armed personnel guarding their entrance; you’ll see them everywhere.
Security measures are so strict, even at your local supermarket you’ll have four watchtowers, one at every corner, keeping an eye over the parking lot.
Yes! Your groceries are safe here in Guatemala!

Supermarket's watchtower

Supermarket’s watchtower