The Hetzmek

Location: Santa Elena, Yucatan

The longer I spend in this village in Mexico, the more I feel a part of it.

Today, I became the godfather of a Maya child in a Maya Hetzmek ceremony.

My wife was the godmother, and she was also the godmother of the mother of the child, twenty years ago.

The ceremonial dress that she wore for the first ceremony still fit her and she wore it again for this occasion.

The ceremony was held in the house of Don Hernan, who practices the old Maya religion. A candle was lit for the old gods and particularly the alux to watch over and protect the child.