A monster roams San Cristobal Totonicapan, scaring children (and tourists) until December 15th, when he and his cohorts will be ritually driven from town.

A monster roams San Cristobal Totonicapan, scaring children (and tourists) until December 15th, when he and his cohorts will be ritually driven from town.

 

More monsters, taking a break from scaring to pose.

More monsters, taking a break from scaring to pose.

 

San Simon, the

San Simon, the porcelain “evil saint” who is fed offerings of alcohol and cigarettes to supplement requests of assistance. San Cristobal is one of five towns where an effigy of San Simon is housed (and taken very seriously).

 

San Simon enjoys a quiet moment, without the ritual requests being muttered in his ear.

San Simon enjoys a quiet moment, without the ritual requests being muttered in his ear.

 

The church in San Andres Xecul, decorated for the main festival day of the patron saint.

The church in San Andres Xecul, decorated for the main festival day of the patron saint.

 

Close up of the gorgeous church.

Close up of the gorgeous church.

 

Costumed dancers in the ritual dances of the San Andres Xecul festival.

Costumed dancers in the ritual dances of the San Andres Xecul festival.

 

Festival dancer.

 

Festival dancer.

 

 

The children's festival at San Andres Xecul featured even more eclectic costumes.

The high school festival at San Andres Xecul featured even more eclectic costumes.

 

Including a footloose pair of Bill Clintons.

Including a footloose pair of Bill Clintons.

 

They danced to a packed courtyard.

They danced to a packed courtyard.

 

 

Click the still shots below to watch my YouTube videos of the dancing in the main festival and the high school festival!

 

 

 

 

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