Photo Essay- Semana Santa in Guatemala

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It's been two years since I first visited Guatemala. Just as it was then, it must be now in the throes of Semana Santa, a festival that holds prime importance in the lives of Mayan Christians. With a history complete with blood and gore, when Christianity was forced upon the Mayans, they made it their own- adopting bits of it that aligned with their philosophies, and marrying it with their own brand of black magic and shamanism. Read our blog post on Maximón- who we called Guatemala's Saint and Sinner, a perfect example of Mayan Guatemala's strange but intriguing dichotomous relationship with religion. Here is a series of images that I took while traveling through Guatemala during Semana Santa (Holy Week) when it was at its festive best. The images below were all shot by RoadsWellTraveled (Minu) in Antigua, Zunil and Almolonga. (Please don't use them without a written permission from me).

Much love, Minu

Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.
Semana Santa in Guatemala, Copyright Minu Chawla.