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Even loose plaster must be removed. "It no longer wishes to serve God," the Atitecos say. The members of the different confraternities bring their santos — statues of the saints who are also part of the Maya pantheon — to the church for the duration of Easter Week, and these are carefully protected during the cleaning, as dust and plaster descends enshrouding the church in a choking mist.

Brushing the years' dust and malevolence from the walls of the church is a major operation.