Social Documentary Photography – Maximon & Mayan Spirituality

A Nicaraguan tourist taking a clean soul from a Shaman.

This social documentary photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Photographer Rodrigo Avellaneda.

 

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From project “Maximon” by Rodrigo Avellaneda.

 

Maximon also called Rijlaj Mam, the great grandfather. This figure is the result of Christian religious syncretism with the indigenous Mayan spirituality-both in terms of good and evil.
The custody rotate annually.  The fourteen fraternities operate in the municipality, but the image is property known as Santa Cruz.
Images taken in Santiago de Atitlan, Guatemala.

 

The Virgen is taken from Santiago de Atitlan church to the house of the brotherhood where Maximon is.

The Virgin is taken from Santiago de Atitlan church to the house of the brotherhood where Maximon is.

The Virgin has arrived to the house of Maximon's keepers.

The Virgin has arrived to the house of Maximon’s keepers.

People come to honor Maximon and pray for miracles.

People come to honor Maximon and pray for miracles.

A man from the village asking for a miracle.

A man from the village asking for a miracle.

: People from town giving respect to Maximon.

People from town giving respect to Maximon.

Members of the Cofradia around Maximon.

Members of the Cofradia around Maximon.

The Mayor keeps an old effigy of Jesus Christ.

The Mayor keeps an old effigy of Jesus Christ.

Pedro Ixtulul, brotherhood Mayor.

Pedro Ixtulul, brotherhood Mayor.

 People from town honoring Maximon.

People from town honoring Maximon.

 Women from Nicaragua ask for protection by doing offerings.

Women from Nicaragua ask for protection by doing offerings.

A Nicaragua tourist taken a clean soul from a Shaman.

A Nicaraguan tourist taking clean soul from a Shaman.

People come to honor Maximon and pray for miracles.

People come to honor Maximon and pray for miracles.

 

See also:

One Man Teacher

Singles

By Rodrigo Avellaneda

 


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