Visiting Maximon in Santiago de Atitlan

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Maximon, the famed saint

Visiting Lake Atitlan with the starting point from Antigua approximately took us about three hours. The small city of Lake Atitlan has a lot of things to offer, but being there for one day we could only visit two of their dozens town.  We met some of the tourist and has agreed to share the price of the private boat tour.

Our first stop was Santiago de Atitlan, as soon as the boat stopped,  kids would be approaching and ask if you want to visit their famed saint, Maximon. Giving a background, Maximon was created by  the Mayans, a precolumbian god of the underwold. Maximon symbolizes male sexual virility and brings rain to fertilize the earth.

Lake Atitlan
He's known as the saint of gamblers and drunkards, and is thought to give wealth and worldly success to his followers. He's given offerings of tobacco, alcohol, Coca cola, and a tropical plant with orange-red berries..

Anyways, it was good that one of the tourists knows how to speak spanish, so we were given directions of where Maximon is. Arriving at the place, the ceremony was ongoing. I could smell the strong scent of incense, while the followers of Maximon were singing and chanting, i could not help but notice that the wooden saint was smoking. I felt weird, but if you give your respect to him, anything that you wish for, would be granted.

Maximon is being moved from one house to another,  as what the locals say, its to avoid "amok" for fear of his famed sexual desires.

After visiting Maximon, shopping time.The local Santiago de Atitlan huipil is distinctive and beautiful, featuring a larged embroidered birds and flowers, usually densely displayed around the neck and chest area, on a plain white cloth with thin, blue vertical stripes or a checkerboard pattern. I bought my mom one of this shirts.

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Maximon, the famed saint
Maximon, the famed saint
Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan
the two volcanoes
the two volcanoes
Lake Atitlan
photo by: Clarafina