These peculiarly dressed Saint statues live in the town of Santiago Atitlán and are the neighbours of an old mysterious creature with a powerful spirit. -
Like Pinokkio, his body is made out of wood. As the legend goes, the wise elders created him out of a sacred Palo Blanco tree more than 600 years ago. And not so long ago the local craftsmen created a new face for him. His eyes were made in memory of the ancient Maya and his chin and beard were inspired by a popular Middle Eastern man named Jesus. He lives with a local family and every year he gets adopted by a new family. Around Easter day the whole town helps him to move houses! -
His name is Maximón (pronounced Ma-Chi-Mohn) which means 'The great tied-up' in Maya Tzutujil because his body is tied up with ties and scarfs. Maximón is known to be an avid smoker and he's very fond of alcohol. He also loves 💵💱💰 and when he is up to see visitors, he likes to receive a couple of cigarettes, coins (he won't say no to a few bills😄) or a bottle of liquor. He has a couple of bodyguards who protect him but also help him to put the cigarettes in his mouth and light it. And when he is done smoking, they will bring the bottle to his lips and pour the liquor into his wooden mouth until he is satisfied.
And then one of his bodyguards will sit in front of him, look into his eyes and speak directly to the spirit of Maximón. First he introduces you to Maximón in Tzutujil (because M. doesn't speak other languages). His bodyguards are actually also his personal translators. Once you have spent some time with him and he has received and approved of your gifts and he knows who you are and where you come from, he is no longer suspicious of you.😁 If you are fortunate enough, he will then bless your health and grant you protection and prosperity! 🎉🎈🎊
Gracias gracias gracias Maximón. It was magical to meet You! 👌❤ #lagoatitlan #maximon #guatemalamaximon #santiagoatitlan #mayanchristianity #cristianismomaya #mayantraditions