There is Phil and Norma in the photo with the Cathedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas.
Corrugated metal fencing has been installed around all the old buildings that desperately need restoration. Local artist have painted murals on these temporary barriers which I think are marvelous. I love how this one vendor has positioned his goods right smack in the middle of the heart surrounded by flowers.
Colorful octopus with all his tentacles and suction cups.
Great Dia de los Muertos skull.Abstract blue bird with a jaguar behind him.
She looks rather startled.
A bit of "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."
The side of the cathedral.
Mural of a mask.The slits below the blue eyes is where the person who wears the mask sees.
This one is a Parachico, which is worn by the men in Chiapa de Corzo during the festival in January celebrating Saint Sebastian.
During the 18th century, a wealthy woman, Maria de Angulo arrived from Spain with her crippled son. She took her son to a curandero, a local healer called a namandiyuguá. He instructed her to bath her son in the waters of a small lake called Cumbujuya. Her son was miraculously cured. To distract and amuse the boy, a local group disguised themselves as Spaniards with masks and began to dance, “para el chico” which means “for the boy." According to one version of the story, this is what cured the child. The tradition of these dancers began in 1711, leading the Spanish to call the event “para el chico”, which eventually evolved into "Parachicos".
Maria de Angulo was so extremely grateful, she donated food and supplies to the people which helped immensely since the region was going through a bad drought.
The giant mask is used in La Danza del Gigante in San Juan Chamula at Carnival. The dance represents the story of David and Goliath. Goliath, who carries a wooden machete, repeatedly charges the audience and frightens the children. We were fortunate to be in San Juan Chamula one day during carnival. It was pretty exciting!
Two Jaguar masks surrounding the Jade mask of King Pakal of Palenque. Jaguar dances are concerned with maintaining balance in the natural world and the agricultural cycle.
So realistic.The backside of the cathedral. I hope the funding comes soon to Chiapas so the beautiful, old buildings can be restored. Maybe a "Maria de Angulo" will help out!