Nebaj .. Guatemala . Oct 1989
texture by Skeletalmess
check me out .. my interview as photographer of the week
week of Feb 22nd I was picked as Photographer of the Week .. here is the interview ... www.flickr.com/groups/ddragon/discuss/72157623357207439/
this was one gruelling trip a rough bus ride up into the mountains but it was worth it
The state of Quiche, which fills north central and northwestern Guatemala, is home to the largest known native Maya population. These isolated Guatemalans are still so immersed in their pre-Columbian culture that, for all practical purposes, they are still pre-Hispanic people.
Inhabitants of Nebaj don't speak Spanish, the official national language of Guatemala, but converse in native languages like Ixil.
Ixil has dialects which are similar to tongues in nearby San Juan Cotzal, but which differ from those spoken in the equally adjacent Chajul. The religion the people of Nebaj practice is a hybrid of Maya rituals and Catholic precepts. Their rituals are performed by Maya priests, witch doctors, seers or oracles, who solicit the Lord of the Earth, the hills and the water.