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For the young men who carry the huge and unwieldy urna this is an agonizingly slow procession: three steps forward, two steps back; one step forward, three steps back. They will bear the palanquin in this shuffling, swaying tango for the next fourteen hours, until it returns to the church at dawn when the Maya Semana Santa will have run its course. Here there will be no Sunday resurrection, for rebirth has already taken place.

The urna-bearers only have another 13 hours of this!