Maximón

A Day for Maximón

On October 28th, in many places in Guatemala, there is a special celebration as it’s the day of Maximón.  Maximón, San Simón, El Monchito, Laj Mam, Rilaj Maam, the conquistador Pedro de Alvarado and the traitor Judas Iscariot – you may have heard of him under one of these names. He is, without a...

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MAXIMÓN – Devil or Saint

The documentary MAXIMÓN – Devil or Saint is about the controversial Mayan deity that personifies good and evil simultaneously. There are those who believe that he’s a saint and those who believe that he’s something diabolical. The creators of the film tell Qué Pasa that there are many stories about Maximón, a blend of...

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Maximón: Saint or Devil

Maximón – Saint or Devil is a documentary about a controversial Mayan deity who personifies good and evil simultaneously. Maximón, also known as San Simón, or the drinking and smoking saint of Guatemala, is a mixture of ancient Maya beliefs and Catholic Christianity. The movie concentrates on the people who surround Maximón with their...

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Maximón: A Saint for Better or Worse

Guatemala is a magical land where legend and lore abound. It’s a country where the culture of the Maya combined with the beliefs of the Spanish conquistadors and settlers to give birth to traditions whose origins are sometimes clouded in mystery. The infamous Maximón is an example of a figure that was born of...

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Zunil

This small town, not far from Xela, was founded in 1529. A traditional highland farming community, you’ll find life in Zunil hasn’t changed much over the centuries. The city boasts a beautiful white church with a façade of graceful serpentine columns. The church is the backdrop to Monday’s market, which is held in the...

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Zunil

This small town not far from Xela was founded in 1529. A traditional highland farming community, you’ll find life in Zunil hasn’t changed much over the centuries. The city boasts a beautiful white church with a façade of graceful serpentine columns. The church is the backdrop to Monday’s market, which is held in the...

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Zunil

This small town not far from Xela was founded in 1529. A traditional highland farming community, you’ll find life in Zunil hasn’t changed much over the centuries. The city boasts a beautiful white church with a façade of graceful serpentine columns. The church is the backdrop to Monday’s market, which is held in the...

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My Antigua: Diego, Mayan Priest

Tell us a little about yourself: Who is Diego? My real name is José Pérez, and I was born in 1985 in the village of Santa Catarina Palopó, in the department of Sololá. Life there was the same as it is for all poor people: there were farmers, fishermen, hardworking people. I grew up...

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