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It is important to point out that while the Mam superficially takes on some of the role of the familiar "Judas", he is regarded in a way very different from the vilified and abused effigies of other Central American towns. He is a powerful and subtle deity figure with many names which mirror his many roles and talents.

The Mam sways above the crowd in the plaza, accompanied by the ever-present noisemaker — this one is inscribed "Telinel".