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Traditionalist Atitecos believe that all things that bear power possess their own living k'u'x ("heart") which embodies the same life-sustaining presence that quickens the ancestors and saints of the community. With the construction and subsequent decoration of the temporary Easter Monumento with evergreen boughs, fruits, and flowers, the "heart" of the altarpiece is restored to its ancient original strength, just as if it were created anew, reborn as the first creation at the beginning of time.

Cofradía elder during Holy Week holding staff of office.