Rain in Mexico... surely not!!!
Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
135Trip End Sep 23, 2011
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Where I stayed
Roscco Backpacker's Hostel
On the second day we went to the village San Juan Chamula, a traditional Mayan village and church. We had to pay to visit the church but photo's were forbidden as it was very sacrid and spiritual. The floor inside the church Iglesia de San Juan Bautista is covered with pine needles and the whole church is full with hundreds upon thousands of candles on the floor and surrounding tables. There are no pews as the villagers pray by clearing an area of pine needles and arranging a "message" in candles. The rituals that take place involve chanting, sacrificing a chicken, cleansing the soul by rubbing an egg/chicken over the body and either breaking the egg or killing the chicken and offering food and fizzy drinks (7UP and Coke were very popular) to the saints which line the walls of the church. Unlike other churches or non-indigenous churches we have seen there are no priests and no masses, just baptisms. We stood in the church for longer than expected as the whole atmosphere and spirituality of the place grabbed us so much. It was very moving seeing the indigenous people being so passionate about their religion and Mayan ways, it is something that we will remember for a very long time.
The next day we walked into town and had breakfast with Joy before getting our short bus journey to Palenque.