necklace for a door

church door

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Virgin of Guadalupe procession, early 90s

Chamula’s unusual church

This “Catholic” church in Chamula, Chiapas, was unique in that the indigenous peoples had taken over the church, removed the Catholic presence and grafted their own spiritual beliefs onto it. For instance, we sat in on a service and watched a curandero (medicine man) slit the throat of a chicken.

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The altar was devoid of religious iconography and instead there were strings of coloured lights. Encased in glass displays running down both side walls were dusty, withered Spanish and Catholic figures. Photographs inside the church were strictly forbidden, on the point of death.

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Even though I click with Buddhism, I am attracted to Catholic iconography, perhaps because when traveling in Latin America it’s so pervasive.

vendor, aka Catholicism, shot taken somewhere in southern Mexico

vendor, aka Catholicism, shot taken somewhere in southern Mexico

Semana Santa, Antigua, Guatemala, early 90s

Semana Santa, Antigua, Guatemala, early 90s