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still in the famous Chichicatenango (Chichi for short) market, only this time in the tourist-empty part where the market serves its true purpose - to buy and sell vegetables, grains, yarns, natural dyes and spices. the noisiest and most lively spot was the local comedor, the Guatemalan version of the diner, where, among other things, las tortillas are being constantly made from maize (interesting fact - in Latvian "maize" is "bread"; the spelling is exactly the same, the only difference is in the pronounciation). you can buy 4 tortillas for 1 quetzal, and 1 US dollar equals 8 quetzales; I'll leave the calculations to you.

the Maya have very special relationship with maize. according to the legends about the creation of humankind, the gods got it right only with third attempt, after they had discovered maize, and used it to make mankind. also, the Maya refer themselves as "true people" and consider themselves literally of a different flesh from those who do not eat maize. traditionalist mothers in the Highlands place an ear of maize into the palm of newborns, and eat only dishes made from maize while breastfeding to ensure that the child grows "true flesh" (source - "Lonely Planet").

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RAW, ISO 500, spot metering, 50mm focal length.

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