Day 5 Part 2 - Aņo Santo church, villagers, and Mayan weavers
Our next stop was at the Aņo Santo church, one of the
oldest churches in the region, which was located near the base of an active
volcano. Previously located
farther up the mountainside, the church was moved to its current
location to reduce the danger of being destroyed during an eruption. We
also stopped at a couple of other towns and villages before arriving in Antigua.
Children and adults play in the schoolyard across from the Aņo Santo
Children outside the Aņo Santo church.
Another town along the way to Antigua.
We stopped to see some traditional Mayan weavers and bought some souvenirs.
Mayan weaver. A harness is looped around the weaver's back, so by leaning
back she can apply the correct tension to the warp of her weaving.
Detail of her hand work. The patterns are done entirely by memory, passed
from one generation to the next. Each village or region has its own
distinctive style, which the local people can instantly recognize.
Boys playing basketball during a school lunch break.
Girls playing basketball, wearing a mixture of traditional and modern
Children having a snack while watching the schoolyard activities.
Anti-littering awareness does not seem to have come very far in Guatemala.
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