Location: Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico
A visit to the community of San Juan Chamula, where the local indigenous men and women wear black furry looking outfits. Their religion is a mixture of Catholic, pre-conquest Maya, and later innovations. We witnessed the funeral of a local religious leader and saw the interior of the church were there were thousands of candles burning. Photography is forbidden and if they catch you photographing they will confiscate your camera, fine you, and expel you from the town. For me photography is a form of reverence, but I declined to take pictures here.
Then to the village of Zinacantán. They have long grown flowers here, and the indigenous people wear embroidered flowers on their clothes. They also have their own special blend of religious practices. In a visit to the chapel, they were playing jaunty Christmas tunes, including “Frosty the Snowman” and “Jingle Bells.” Apparently there is no association with Christmas, they just like the perkiness of the music. In the second chapel were some local musicians playing some very haunting traditional music on a violin and a local harp.
Again, I have no photos.