Hello guys! I am again in Guatemala, on the spectacular lake Atitlan. The lake, about 50 km wide and deep 340 meters, is surrounded by three volcanoes and about fifteen indigenous villages of Mayan origin, each with its own customs, traditions, modes of dress and language. The village where I am now is San Pedro la laguna.
Many of these villages have suffered terrible repression during the civil war from 1960 to 1996, where, as elsewhere in Central America, the class struggle has merged with the one between conquerors and natives. And in fact we can say that the populations of these areas have suffered massacres, atrocities and violence well before the Civil War, since the Spanish conquest, and it’s amazing how they survived so many centuries without losing their identity.
Civil war which, needless to say – it’s how to repeat a terrible rhyme, was due mainly to the United States, preoccupied, as always, of the social gains achieved democratically by the people of Guatemala. More than 250,000 deaths but they are Guatemalans, not U.S., so who cares.
Mascimòn (or Maximon), a Mayan saint of obscure origins. Probably originally was a Mayan god, later blended with Catholics influences. It is hosted every year in a different house in Santiago. The faithful offer him money, cigars and alcohol.
The people of Santiago has undergone countless repression by the Guatemalan army. The latest massacre took place on December 2, 1990 when, during a peaceful demonstration, the army opened fire, killing 14 people, including children.
Ce vrimm wayù! (“See you guys!” – Neapolitan language).