Chichicastenango, located about 140 km northwest of Guatemala City, is an indigeneous town, home to what is surely one of the most colorful native markets in North and Central America. The Spanish conquistadors gave the town its name Tzitzicaztenanco, or "City of Nettles".
The famous handicraft market of Chichicastenango draws not only the K'iche' Maya of the surrounding region, but vendors from all over Guatemala. They represent many of Guatemala's linguistic groups such as Mam, Ixil, Kaqchikel and others, each hawking his or her products in a riotous cacophony of color, dialects and costumes, smoke, and smells. This town in the mountains of Quiche has been, since pre-Hispanic times, one of the largest trading centers in the Maya area.
The main plaza has two churches at each side, which, as shown in the current picture, manifest the interesting blend of Christian faith with still-alive Mayan traditions beneath. 400 years old Santo Tomas church has 18 steps which represent 18 months of Mayan calendar.
Scanned from slide, cropped, applied sharpness & saturation, and applied Neat Image.
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J_Burke (1285) 2011-01-24 7:30
I like your vertical composition here. Great contrast of colours with the red blanket placed perfectly. Good light and a great point of view, I like the inclusion of the lady in the background too.Nice depth of field. Thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3889)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1993-01-00
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Canon AE-1P, Soligor AF 28-210mm f : 4,5 - 5,6, Kodachrome 64
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-23 22:14