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The Maya are usually seen as an exotic ancient civilization for whom the most appropriate epithet is mysterious. As many articles here on the Mesoweb site show, this is not the case, and the historical past is far from the whole story as millions of Maya people are living today in Central America keeping a tenacious grip on their traditions in the face of great pressure.

Inside one of the smaller confraternity houses a ceremony takes place. In this case it is to ask for protection on a journey - ours.