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Throughout the night the figures of the Virgin, in this manifestation known as María Andalor (Mary of Pain or Sorrows), and Jesus move towards each other along the north/south axis, with the "John" all the time going between them, until at sunrise all three images converge at the center of the town. Thus Jesus is conceived at the dawn of the day on which he will be crucified and resurrected — a neat circularity, persuasively demonstrating Maya non-linear time.

After a long night, the "John" rises to greet the dawn.