Maximon is an old Mayan god, still revered in the Guatemalan highlands. The origins of Maximon are still disputed, as there are many legends connected with him. I prefer the one that Maximon was a member of one of Mayan tribes. When the war came, because of his illness he was unable to join the rest of the men who went for battle. So when his companions left the village, Maximon was the only man who remained there. When they came back, they found out that all the women in the village were pregnant :) They wanted to kill Maximon in revenge, but the women stopped them and made them revere Maximon as god. Quite funny to me.
As I said Maximon is still revered in Guatemala. The best place to see it is in the town of Santiago on the shores of Atitlan lake (you have to see this, wooden Maximon sits there smoking a cigar, and the men surround him and drink local firewater until they fall unconscious!). This photo was taken in one of the other altars.
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bukitgolfb301 (36508) 2009-09-05 3:44
Hello my dear Michal
What an amazing and interesting shot !
Guatemala is my next potential candidate to trek.
Very sharp and appropriate framework, which is very effective and impressive. Light management is also nice.
Congratulation on your good result.
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
Have a happy weekend !
ilDottore (5252) 2009-11-03 9:20
No tym razem to daleko pojechałeś... :)
I geograficznie i tematycznie.
Zdjęcie niesamowite w swoim klimacie, niepokojące i inspirujące.
Normalnie National Geographic! :)
- Copyright: Michal Strzelbicki (mikele_pl) (2400)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-11-06
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: OLYMPUS E-510, ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-60mm f/2.8-4
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/25 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-09-05 2:44