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Clouds of strong-scented copal incense might be billowing from a decorated doorway flanked by hanging reeds, and inside a short, stocky figure wearing two fedoras, one atop the other, and festooned with numerous scarves, is being given a drink. As he is tilted back, a small bottle of powerful spirits is carefully presented to his wooden lips. Thirst quenched, for the moment, the Mam resumes his vertical position and, lighted cigarette replacing bottle, regards the next petitioner.

In Cofradía San Nicolas, they are making their farewells to the figure of Maximon amidst much tears and sadness, and possibly some slight relief, for Rilaj Mam, as he is known to the Atitecos, is an intense and demanding guest.