The King is Dead, Long Live the King. Religion in Antigua

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Evangelical street preacher. Antigua.

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When Julio Ernesto Arriola Castellano discovered that the rings from his plywood door contained the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe 18 years ago, he did the logical thing and built a public shrine.

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Underground shrine. Antigua Guatemala

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Underground storage beneath a ruined cathedral. Antigua.

Fiberglass festival head and church ruins. Antigua.

Fiberglass festival head and church ruins. Antigua.

Office in Cathedral.

Office in Cathedral. Antigua.

Mayan man and sack of lemons outside shrine. Antigua.

Mayan man and sack of lemons outside shrine. Antigua.

 

Antigua Guatemala if full of contrasts, and the religious contrasts are the most interesting. Mayans next to evangelicals in front of Catholic churches with two Jesus representing the moon and the sun and nearby shrines of a pagan deity that demands offerings of cigarettes makes for a colorful essay.

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