On Wednesday, 6 of our group members and our 6 Cooperativa teachers participated in a Maya spiritual ceremony in the mountains between San Pedro and Santiago Atitlan. The process began last week when Mynor and I visited a local Sacerdote, Don Samuel, in San Juan to ask his permission to attend. Yesterday we went back to give him a list of the participants' names and birthdates so he could figure out our nahuals - Maya signs associated with our birthdates. We rode up and back in a pickup truck and the whole journey took about 3 and a half hours.
Don Samuel carefully built the ritual fire in a clearing in the woods
after praying briefly in a small Catholic temple nearby.