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Iglesia de San Juan Chamula

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Santa Semana in San Juan Chamula Chamula  Mexico

Santa Semana in San Juan Chamula

During the rituals of Santa Semana (Holy Week), smoke from thousands of burning candles and incense pours from the door and roof cracks of the church in San Juan Chamula. Inside the church there are wall-to-wall people, some drinking coke with pox (posh, a sugar based alcohol), some partaking of a flower laced curative drink, some sacrificing chickens, and many tourists. Outside above the door hangs an effigy of "Judas" who strongly resembles a local non-indigenous politician. On the Saturday night before Easter, the effigy is burned in the final ceremony of Santa Semana.
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