|Santo Tomas Church|
|Deborah at the park fountain, we found it!|
My friend Deborah and I decided to spend some time in Chichi on a non market day. We were surprised what we found. We went to the Mayan Lodge, a small wonderful hotel I used to go to as a getaway back in the 80's. A bargain at $30 for two, fireplaces, right in the center of the market, and parking included!
On a market day one never gets to see some buildings, just too much stuff. In 35 years, I have never noticed this building and it sits right across from a place I buy from all the time.
|Can't see the forest for the trees, same street, market day.|
|empty and wet with rain|
|entrance to the area on market day|
The smaller church was open, what a treat!
This church appears a bit older than the larger, Santo Tomas church. Lovely carvings, wooden floors, all stained by the constant burning of candles and incense.
Notice the concrete slabs? Mayan rituals are preformed, circling different colors of candles and piles of incense. All are set ablaze, as prayers are made. Very impressive if you have ever seen how fast an entire candle burns when set on its side. The Catholic and Mayan practices are mixed.
Below is an example of the Mayan ritual fire.