San Simon: Cigarettes, Sunglasses and Bandana
Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
163Trip End May 10, 2011
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After a quick walk in and around the church at the edge of the town square, we went in search of the fabled San Simon.
San Simon is a blend of Mayan and Christian beliefs and worshipers come for miles to see him. San Simon is moved to a new house in town every year so we have to ask around to find the house containing this propped up cigarette smoking doll with sunglasses and a bandana around his chin.
Once we get in the house with San Simon, we lit candles; blue for travel, yellow for health, green for money, red for love. On the roof, we watched a devotee carefully stack leaves, cookies, different color candles, cigarettes and surround the pile with a strip of sugar before lighting the offering on fire. He stepped back and began a prayer in the Quiche language. He took a picture of us with his cell phone and welcomed us to take pictures of him doing his ceremony.