Cofradía Maximón

Top choice religious site in Santiago Atitlán

Maximón is a traditional Maya deity who resides in Santiago Atitlán. He appears as a life-sized but broken-legged effigy in a hat, dark suit and glasses, surrounded by candles, flowers and the scent of burning incense. His cofradía (brotherhood) looks after him, and receives visitors who give offerings. In the syncretic way of much tradtional Maya belief, he is also associated with Judas Iscariot.

Maximón ceremonially moves to a new home every year on May 8 (after Semana Santa).

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