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Much attention is understandably given by the telinel to the roping which stabilizes the Mam while he rides upon his mount's shoulders like a jockey. Binding is an integral idea in the cult and legend of the Mam. His wooden constituent parts are bound together and, it has been suggested by Nathaniel Tarn, this may be one meaning of the name Maximón — "The Old Lord who is Bound". Rilaj Mam is an honorific which encompasses duality — Venerable Grandfather/Grandchild.

The Mam is raised above the crowd.