San Juan Chamula, Mexico
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The next day when we were staying in San Cristobal, we paid a visit to 2 Indian towns; San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. San Juan Chamula is a township in the Maxican state Chiapas with over 50,000 inhabitants. It is situated some 10 kilometres from San Cristóbal de las Casas. Chamula is located in the Chiapas highlands and inhabited by the Tzotzil Maya people, whose Tzotzil language is one of the Mayan languages. The town enjoys unique autonomous status within Mexico. No outside police or military are allowed in the village. Chamulas have their own police force.
The church of San Juan is filled with colorful candles, commonly used throughout southern Mexico. Along the walls of the church, as in many Catholic churches, are dressed-up wooden statues of saints in large wooden cases, many wearing mirrors to deflect evil.
It is very interesting to see all this. Remember, it is highly forbidden to take pictures in the church. The Maya's think that taking your picture means stealing your soul. It is something that a tourist must respect.