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Mayan Cemeteries
Throughout Mayan country, there are interesting cemeteries. Mulitiple Mayan crosses on a grave indicate the number of years a person has been gone, and the colors indicate age. Babies get white crosses, young people blue, and older people green. Sheep graze among the graves and on the day of the dead, people visit their dead relatives for a picnic and to give offerings of food, cigarettes, and pox (a can sugar liquor). Through the night they will pray and remember their lost ones. This cemetery is next to the old ruins of a church on the outskirts of the indigenous village of San Juan Chamula, in Chiapas. Mayan crosses are often accompanied by pine branches signifying a deep connection with nature. Chamula and Zinacantan are "must-see" villages on any visit to San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.
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