The San Andres Xecul Church in Totonicapán

The San Andres Xecul Church in Totonicapán

The founding date of the Church seems to be unknown, but a cross on the facade bears the dates 1900-01.

The Church of San Andres Xecul has an unusual dome painted in colorful stripes, bright yellow facade, on which some 200 painted sculptures of human figures, angels, monkeys and birds.

A small village in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, San Andrés Xecul / Image: goabroad.com

The overall design recalls the huipils worn by local women, and the two jaguars are the top may represent the twin heroes of the Mayan scripture, the Popol Vuh.

Inside the church are dozens of candles, images of Christ, and chandeliers made from glass stones, coins and rosary beads.

Despite its Catholic overlay, the village of San Andres Xecul is an important center for traditional Mayan religion.

The overall design recalls the huipils worn by local women

Featured Image: The brightly-painted Catholic church adorned with a fascinating array of Mayan, Christian and agricultural images



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